Head of sales and marketing for Samsung’s personal computer business Uhm Kyu Ho confirmed recently that his company will launch a Windows 8-powered computer during the second half of next year. The device will offer a touchscreen and will likely serve as the successor to the company’s Series 7 slate PC, Bloomberg said Wednesday. Samsung isn’t the only one ready to deploy the new operating system. Recent rumors have suggested that Dell has a device scheduled to launch during third quarter of 2012, and HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that her company will sell a Windows 8 computer sometime next year. Additionally, smartphone maker HTC is also rumored to be working on a Windows 8 tablet. On September 13th, Microsoft announced that it was beginning to ship its brand new Windows 8 operating system to developers. The OS offers a number of enhancements over Windows 7, most notably the company’s new “Metro” user interface. More →
Microsoft doesn’t have plans to release its upcoming tablet-friendly Windows 8 operating system until some time next year, but that doesn’t mean Windows fans have to wait for an optimized tablet experience. Windows tablet fan Justin Campana found a series of apps and tweaks that can be combined with a few custom scripts to make the Windows 7 touch experience much more appealing. On his blog, Campana lays out a great guide that gives users all the tools they need to transform their contrived Windows 7 slates into gorgeous touch-optimized tablets. He uses a variety of software such as ObjectDock, Fences and Rainmeter along with a bunch of tweaks to make Windows 7 look like it was born for tablets. Best of all, Campana happily shares his methods with the world. Hit the break for a video of ASUS’ 12-inch Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet with touch optimizations applied, and follow the read link for a simple guide that will show you how to perform the mods yourself. More →
Following one of the largest leaks in game developer history, Blizzard China General Manager Ye Weilun has left the company for reasons that have not been revealed. The leak, which occurred last week, included a bevy of sensitive information such as confidential financial data and budgets, personal subscriber data and the company’s product roadmap for the next four years. The roadmap, shown above, reveals Blizzard’s timeline for upcoming releases like the third and fourth installments of the company’s popular World of Warcraft franchise, the third Diablo game and a new title called Titan. Blizzard’s leaked financial data and its subscriber database are rumored to have been delivered to one or more of the company’s competitors. Former sales director of Nokia China Dai Jinhe has replaced Weilun as General Manager of Blizzard China.
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Sprint and Samsung shot us over a Galaxy Tab and, after several days of fiddling, we have our first impressions to report back. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first real contender to Apple’s iPad many would say, and while it’s too early for us to totally pit them head to head, there are many visible strengths and weaknesses of the Tab. Want to know what we thought of Samsung’s little, mean, iPad-combating machine? Buckle up and hit the jump!
When Verizon Wireless announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there was a fair amount of skepticism about the unreleased device’s $599 price tag. Now, according to a leaked Best Buy advert, it appears as though a Wi-Fi only model will be making its way to Best Buy Mobile for a more modest $499. The Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab, which will be available in silver, packs the exact same components as its cellular counterpart — minus a CDMA radio. Samsung had promised a Wi-Fi only model of the device when the Tab was officially announced back in September; the company had made it seem like that device was still a ways off. What do you think? In light of the new model and price is the Tab any more appealing? More →
Last week, we saw an HP slate device, running Winnows 7, make a not-so-short appearance on YouTube. Now, CNET has been sent in a set of images that further corroborate the video’s findings. The tablet, which the site refers to as the Slate 500, shows of a front and rear-facing camera and runs the Windows 7 operating system. The unit has the same, jagged back — although this time in black instead of silver — and is pictured with a leather case and docking station that contains HDMI and USB outputs. CNET’s source says the device will be getting a late October release, which — to us anyway — seems pretty aggressive. With all this talk about tablets running Android, iOS, and webOS, is anyone looking for an all-touch tablet running full-blown Windows? More →
Hey, what do we have here! It looks like a protoype of an HP slate device has made its way onto YouTube. The device, which runs a flavor of Windows 7, has that familiar slate form factor that is all the rage these days. What are you waiting for? Hit the jump, the 4 minute video is waiting for you. More →
If you just can’t wait for the Samsung Galaxy Tab to hit the streets, we may have something for you. Korean site dt.co.kr has posted a video of the 7-inch tablet complete with UI walkthroughs and size comparisons. We have the video ready for you after the break, although we do want to caution you it takes quite a while for the whole clip to buffer and become viewable. Have a look and let us know what you think.
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Today, the folks over at Electronista spied a Samsung Galaxy Tab at a train station near Sydney, Australia. The device was described (via a creepy over-the-shoulder video) as a 7-inch, Android tablet that was, as the owner put it, “awesome.” The video does not provide any additional detail on the unreleased device, but it does indicate that it is — in all likelihood — getting close to its release date. Hit the jump to watch the fifty second voyer-esk video. More →
A leaked firmware for Samsung’s Galaxy Tab may give us a little more intel on what exactly the giant Galaxy S might be toting. The leaked software is for the European version of the device has build number P1000XJH3, and a build date of August 10, 2010. Here are some of the vitals the software firmware reveals according to oled-display.net:
- Screen resolution 480 x 800
- Camera Max resolution 2048 x 1536
- Camcorder Max resolution 2048 x 1536 (unconfirmed)
- Front cam Max resolution 240 x 320
- CPU Profile ARM11
- CPU Core S5PC110
- CPU speed 1.0 GHz
- SyncML support
- Android 2.2
While not explicitly mentioned in the specs, we would have a hard time imagining that Samsung would release this bad boy with anything but a Super AMOLED display… but 480 x 800 resolution? What do you think? Impressed with the stats thus far?
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Previously, HP had stated that they were on track to release an Android tablet before the end of 2010. Now, according to the sources of AllThingsD, this timeline is no longer valid. “HP’s Android slate has been delayed and won’t ship before the end of the year as planned,” wrote ATD. HP has, through its own admission, been developing a Windows 7, webOS, and Android tablet simultaneously. Perhaps this is a sign that HP is refocusing its efforts on its newly purchased webOS? Whatever the reason, we look forward to HP jumping into the tablet market. More →
HTC confirmed on Friday that it is not going to produce a slate device in the immediate future; despite earlier rumors that the mobile handset giant had an Android and possibly Chrome version in the works. Eric Lin, the Global PR and online community manager for HTC, had this to say about tablets:
“We are always looking at it, but, right now, the whole idea is that in order to be successful with a tablet, you need to have something compelling. And not just a compelling form factor. You need to find that compelling use, that compelling story, that one compelling feature. And we are not going to do anything until we have found that”
The statement that HTC is working towards something compelling and not just another run of the mill tablet may seem prudent to some and folly to others in light of the runaway success of the Apple iPad. Regardless of where you stand on HTC’s decision to watch, wait, and innovate, one thing is for sure — if and when HTC does finally enter the tablet market, it will do so with an iPad killer a bang. More →