Samsung is soon joining the crowd of tablet PC. As per company sources, Samsung has made it known that they are readying a Tablet PC and hopes to have it in the market by the second half of this year.
There is not much information available as of now though. However, what we do know is that Samsung wants the device to be more like a Netbook rather than a Smartphone. This perhaps is an indication that the Tablet is going to be powered by Intel’s Atom processor. This, the company believes, will endow the device with far greater flexibility and more potential than the iPad.
Also what seems likely is that the Samsung slate will be more akin to the HP Slate than the iPad from Apple. This in fact brings to light two different segments of Tablets taking shape – one characterized by highly portable touchscreen devices that is closer to a laptop like the HP Slate and Samsung Slate with the other segment being that of web based media devices where there is the iPad and the JooJoo.
A mad race to enter the Tablet computing segment began with Apple unveiling the iPad and there are a lot of companies who have either already released their Tablets or are in the process of doing so. Like for instance, we are soon going to have the Slate from HP, Adam from Notion Ink, Mini 5 from Dell or the Toughbook from Panasonic. JooJoo has already entered the ring. Microsoft too is readying the Courier. At last count, Samsung’s Tablet is the last product to be vying and jostling for market space.
Now it is up to consumers to decide as to which segment they identify themselves with. But what is sure though it that the iPad will be way ahead of the rest before they even begin to make their appearance in the market. As per estimates, Apple will have sold close to half a million units of the iPad by the time it end up in consumer’s possession. This is something that is surely not going to be easy to beat.
As for Samsung, their forthcoming slate device won’t be their first in this category. For they did have a similar device in the past, the Q1 UMPC, which however disappeared without a trace.
So one has to wait till the second half of this year to find out if their new slate clicks.
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