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Intel Oak Trail-based tablets to ship by March 30

updated 06:15 am EST, Sat February 26, 2011

Samsung Slider PC 7 set to lead the charge

Intel Oak-Trail-based tablets are expected to ship by March 30, according to a report. The first on the market is expected to be the Samsung Sliding PC 7, which Electronista was given a hands-on with at CES 2011 in early January. Other devices expected to follow the Windows 7, Atom Z600-powered Samsung hybrid include the Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550, the Motion CL900, a revamped ExoPC, Viliv X70, Ocosmos OCS1 and Lenovo's IdeaPad Slate. Windows 7 is expected to the principal OS for these devices at this time, although Android and MeeGo tablets based on the Oak-Trail platform are expected before the end of 2011.

The second-coming of Atom-powered tablets will be followed closely as the tablet space is currently dominated by devices equipped with ARM-based processors. The first generation of Atom tablets were unsuccessful, among them HP's Original Atom-based slates such as the HP Slate 500 underwhelmed with their performance suffering from poor battery life in particular, which was at least half as long lasting as ARM-based devices such as Apple's iPad at just five hours. The new single-core 1.5GHz Atom Z600 has a 3W TDP meaning that it can run without a fan, and should consume considerably less power than the previous generation Pine-Trail-based Atom tablets.

The Samsung Sliding PC 7 is also particularly important for Microsoft who worked very closely with Samsung to deliver a more optimal tablet experience for the touch-aware Windows 7 OS. Microsoft, which had pushed tablet-based notebooks for many years had to take a backseat and watch Apple launch the iPad which has taken the tablet segment by storm.

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  1. midtoad

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007


    no Windows

    Windows just isn't designed for touch-screens. Talk about beating a dead horse!

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I've heard if you keep beating a dead horse

    long enough, it might just come back to life just to stop being beat. Naaah! Microsoft's dead horse is going to rot in the streets as food for maggots. Maggots=Wintards

    I honestly don't see why consumers would want to deal with a bloated Windows OS tablet. Windows 7 is probably filled with useless code from days long past. Microsoft needs to leave some of that 20-year old legacy c*** behind for some of it's mobile devices. However, with Windows, Microsoft wants to hold on to the present and the past and try to please everyone. Good luck with that.

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