Samsung Gloria to be a Windows 7 tablet with sliding keyboard

December 8th at 9:42 AM

Samsung Gloria to be a Windows 7 tablet with sliding keyboard

According to an unconfirmed report on French enthusiast blog, Samsung is currently developing a Windows 7 tablet PC with a slide-out keyboard. Citing multiple sources, the blog says that a forthcoming tablet from Samsung — codenamed Samsung Gloria — will feature a 10-inch touchscreen display and a slide-out keyboard. The concept seems less than ideal; a device that large with a keyboard that slides out and remains parallel to the display would basically be a nightmare to use. While the blog’s mock-up of the device, pictured above, shows a landscape slider, we can only see this working if the keypad slides out in portrait orientation — unless Samsung has managed to develop an adjustable display mechanism like the one found on the HTC Touch Pro. On a device this large, however, such a mechanism would likely cause the device to topple over. But is convinced the device is destined for market, and our interest is definitely peaked. According to the report, the Samsung Gloria will be released some time in March or April 2011.

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Microsoft lifts Windows 7 netbook restrictions

September 28th at 2:47 PM

Microsoft lifts Windows 7 netbook restrictions


Back in May, blogs across the Web erupted when word of Microsoft’s planned maximum specs for Windows 7 Starter Edition emerged. To recap, Microsoft had decided to limit the specs for netbooks on which OEMs could pre-install Windows 7 Starter Edition. The move would, in theory, help ensure beefier (and pricier) editions of Win7 got enough attention. Fast forward to today however, and it appears as though Redmond had a change of heart — not only where maximum specs are concerned, but also with the long-reported three app limit. A Microsoft UK spokesperson had this to say:

OEMs and ODMs have the choice to install any version of Windows on a netbook. Starter is an entry version and doesn’t have many of the consumer or business features. The three application limit isn’t there anymore.

The bottom line is that it’s now up to the user to decide which is more important: the attractive price of 7 Starter Edition or the fanned out functionality of pricier versions. You know — the way it should be. Good show, Microsoft.

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