Samsung officials say the company will be ready to launch a new slate PC in the second half of 2010. APC Magazine reports that the computer will have a “PC-grade” processor. There’s no information about exactly what that CPU will be, or what OS the tablet will run. But it sounds like Samsung is convinced that the iPad has limited appeal due to its ARM-based processor and smartphone-style software ecosystem. The Samsung tablet will reportedly be powerful enough that some people might consider using one as their primary PC.
Of course, Samsung would hardly be the first company to enter the tablet PC space with an x86 processor and a desktop operating system like Windows 7. In fact, Samsung’s done it before. The company introduced a couple of tablets a few years back, when they were called UMPCs, cost too much, and din’t sell in great numbers.
But Samsung has been pumping out some pretty high quality netbooks over the last two years, showing that the company knows its stuff when it comes to mobile devices. Samsung also has a pretty strong cellphone business. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the new slate PC… even if we don’t really know anything about it yet.