With all the action taking place in the Slate PC segment that is almost entirely dominated by the iPad right now, consumer electronics giant Samsung suddenly seems to have woken up to come up with an offering in this segment that otherwise is conspicuous by its absence.
As per reports streaming in, Samsung is in the process of putting together a new Tablet PC the highlight of which will be a 7 inch screen. Named the S Pad, the tablet is likely to have at its core an Atom Z550 2GHz processor though there has been no official confirmation of this. However, what seems likely is that the S Pad will incorporate built in WiFi and 3G features and will also provide for a desktop dock complete with QWERTY input facility.
Also Samsung, it seems is keen to let the S Pad to double up as an effective e-reader as well and is already rumored to have tied up with korea’s largest bookstores, Kyobo Books to come up an e-book store for the S Pad that is built on similar lines as the Kindle Store or the B&N Marketplace.
Samsung has made it known that it wishes to put the S Pad in the market sometime around August though nothing has been revealed as to what might be the cost of the S Pad when it is launched. The inkling that Samsung was definitely up to something was always there, what with the company having revealed in March itself that it would like to have an offering in the tablet segment that won’t just be a ‘glorified MID’.
It is interesting to note that Samsung already has a 7 inch tablet up its sleeve in the form of a streaming media device that was also used as a controller for their LED Couple HDTV. So with Samsung already having some experience in making 7 inch tablets, the S Pad can well be a device to look forward to.
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