As expected, the Samsung tablet based on Windows 8 is nearly ready, though at the moment developers are the only ones who have a chance to play around with it. Developers have been granted early access to the device in order to build applications and test the tablet’s performance. For this purpose, the tablet will come preloaded with the Developers’ Preview build of Windows 8.
So the developers will have a powerful gadget, the system is configured with an Intel core i5 processor coupled to a 4 GB DDR3 RAM and a 64 GB SSD hard drive. It has a Samsung Super PLS 1366 x 768 touch screen display, which appears to be 10.1 inch by dimension, though this has not been officially confirmed.
The device has support for multiple monitors, and also has USB connectivity and a microSD card slot. It also features in-built sensors, an HDMI socket, and stylus. For connectivity it has an Ethernet port which is all housed in a special docking station.
By dimensions it is 11.6 inch on a diagonal distance, weighs 909 g and is 12.9 mm thick.
In a related development, Microsoft has released the official Windows 8 Developer Preview for the general public to get a feel for the system. There will also be some sample applications available for download, though those might not be a part of the final build of the OS.
Also, with the latest Windows iteration still being in developmental stages, there are the usual risks involved. These include unexpected or maybe even weird behavior, system crashes, or lack of hardware support in some cases. As of now, there is no way you can uninstall it once you have installed it. So those who are eager to try out Windows 8 are advised caution; they should either do it on a spare computer or should be prepared for a full system reformat in extreme cases.
Head over to dev.windows.com to download Windows 8 for 32-bit or 64-bit computers with x86 processors.
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