Samsung was one of the companies that went whole hog into the original UMPC scene and actually gave it a valiant effort. They’ve also come up with some of the most solid Netbooks since that scene exploded. Now it looks like Samsung is going to jump on the Tablet/Slate bandwagon.
According to a report at APC, Samsung is looking for a late 2010 release of a Tablet/Slate that will have a PC powered processor. No word on what that processor might be, but it sounds like Samsung isn’t looking at its creation as a device to replace current devices, not as an additional device. In a statement from Samsung’s Philip Newton he says:
“The problems I see with the iPad are its processing power and (lack of) connectivity to a certain extent. I do feel that that slate-type platform has legs but I think the legs need to be far more powerful, for example an Atom-based product which has far greater flexibility, not to mention inputs and outputs. This has more potential than an iPad.”
Another Samsung exec had this to say:
“But there is the ability for a slate-based product to become a primary device in terms of its processing power and IO. That’s where I think we could get critical mass in having a product which could become your primary device – one you could take to university and do a PowerPoint presentation on it, for example, or a device that could be taken home or to the office and docked.”
Well, add another one to the list to keep an eye on.