updated 05:05 pm EST, Wed January 5, 2011
Samsung Sliding PC and 9 series ultrathin at CES
Samsung at its CES appearance showed two new computers that both gun after Apple. The Sliding PC 7 series should be the widely rumored iPad 'killer' (nicknamed the Gloria) due for Microsoft's keynote and theoretically combines the best of tablets and notebooks. While it can work as a 10-inch tablet, its keyboard slides out and at an angle to provide a comfortable angle.
The direct help from Microsoft was confirmed, as it was part of a "deep collaboration" between the two companies, Samsung said.
The 7 series runs on Intel's new Atom Z600 (Oak Trail) processor, which while running at just 1.66GHz is smaller and more power efficient than past generations. Samsung estimates that it can run for up to nine hours even with the reduced size. Standard trim that brings 2GB of RAM and either a 32GB or 64GB SSD helps keep it running faster than most past netbooks.
Custom apps from Samsung will help optimize the touch experience and bring DLNA media sharing. A custom Bing Maps app will provide a much more touch-oriented search than usual as well as add voice.
Pricing will still be a minor sore point for the tablet. When it ships in March, the new model should cost $699, or considerably more expensive than its ARM-based equivalents. Microsoft and NVIDIA have already confirmed that Windows will reach ARM processors but is currently dependent on Intel-based chips for its tablet strategy.