Samsung has unveiled a new “sliding tablet” computer which the company says “creates a new category of mobile PC,” even though the concept looks a lot like the Eee Pad Slider that Asus announced yesterday, and the HTC Shift which was available a few years ago. The difference is that the Shift ran Windows Mobile, the Eee Pad will run Android, and the Samsung Sliding Tablet will run Windows 7.

The Samsung tablet will features a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail chip and run Windows 7 Home Premium with “Samsung Touch Launcher” software running on top. It will be available with 2GB of DDR2 memory and a 32GB or 64GB mSATA solid state disk.

The tablet will features HDMI output, a USB 2.0 port, 1.3MP camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and optional 4G WiMAX, and 3G and Samsung says you should get up to 9 hours of battery life from the 6 cell Lithium Polymer battery.

The computer measures 10.5″ x 7″ x 0.8″ and weighs about 2.2 pounds. The slide-out keyboard features 80 or 81 keys (depending on the region, I imagine), and tucks away behind the computer when not in use. There’s an ambient light sensor to dim the screen and save battery life when you don’t need it to be super bright.

Samsung is also taking a play out of Apple’s book and emphasizing the benefits of the SSD on performance. The tablet reportedly boots in as little as 15 seconds, and resumes from hibernate or sleep mode in 3 seconds.

The Sliding tablet is due out in March for $699 and up.

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15 replies on “Samsung introduces Sliding Series tablet with a slide-out keyboard”

  1. Looks like a truly great device for my needs, touchscreen DJ app . .
    And as a bonus there’s a keyboard to do some docs work.

    The advantage of this thing over a laptop is that you dont have to open it to use it ..
    Sort of a VERY handy I-Pad version (yes, i use that too:-)

    Just my 2 $cts, Peter

  2. PS:
    Forgot to mention, must include chicklet keyboard. How is one to type in the dark
    without the feel of the keys.
    The first basic tablet is the way to go
    with improved and LISTED specs.

  3. Thanks for your reviews. Wouldn’t have a clue without them.
    This is exhausting and almost abusive.
    Games with Windows 7 “Starter”
    Non of them mean anything to me without at least 160GB, Stylus Digitizer & Pen that works, up to date phone 3G option/Bluethooth, ethernet connect, USBs
    Decent camera for clarity of product modeled etc. back up cd’s preferred to and or backup dvd’s. Tired of all the burnout and waste of valuable time wearching for the 180 degree touch screen and which one
    Compatible with XP data/programs already owned. Being forced to buy new programs
    that should not be needed is like paying a death tax and property already taxed.

    Just try to buy the right gigabyte and get support. Asus doesn’t have increased specs
    in USA. Hate the fact that they ommited the black high gloss and don’t sell white in USA. Wel I have to go check out the UK now
    for a product I needed for current NRF in NYC.

    Best wishes to you all for a Very Healthy and Happy New Year.
    Thanks again, you’ve got my vote.
    Sharon
    NYC

  4. I like it, if Samsung would put a Pixel Qi screen on it I’d be willing to think about putting six bills in their hands for one too.

    I see a transreflective as a MUST have for a tablet no matter what the cost. A tablet is an even more ‘go anywhere’ use it anywhere device. The nut to crack is outside viewing and only a few companies seem to see that for the moment. I hope Samsung see the light soon.

  5. Looks promising. $300 less than the 11″ Macbook Air and lighter and the possibility of running Linux plus a 9 hour hour run time… just what I’ve been waiting for to replace my 3 year-old netbook workhorse. The fact that it can also function as tablet is just icing on the cake.

      1. I believe you can install Linux on an Air, Ubuntu forums has a page on how to, but it’s not a piece of cake (like on most non-Apple machines) and even so not everything works last time I checked.

    1. Where have you ever seen the possiblity for Linux and 9 hours of run time?

  6. WTF is the new MacBook Air???? Those will and can be the next gen of laptops. I guess you are under the impression that people give a crap about touchscreen. I’m fine with a laptop/netbook. If you don’t see how asinine this new design is, that’s not my problem. Thin laptop vs. this monstrosity? I ask the question why. Why the hell the marketplace needs something that exists already. They already do make thin laptops with touchscreen options. So that’s different than this thing? Please spare me. Beam me up Scotty…

  7. Okay this is getting asinine. WTF is the difference between this and a super thin netbook like the Apple 11.6 Air? It folds out differently and that is supposed to makes this “slider” a product that everyone wants? Truly, if everyone starts release this, I will do drug tests on the exec’s at these companies. Somebody has been smoking the funny stuff. Okay, I get tablets/ereaders. I don’t get tablets trying to be laptops when those already exist. I understand detachable keyboards, but this??? Are there going to be 10 more of this from 10 different manufacturers??? People would actually buy this over a ultrathin laptop??? These things are going to find space on the store shelves??? Is best buy adding new wings in their stores to accommodate all this craziness? It’s becoming craziness. Truly.

    Your friend as always,

    Gman

    1. Best of tablet form factor plus a physical keyboard in one sleek design.

      Perhaps its YOU who should get the testing?

    2. A touch screen and the ability to use it exclusively as a tablet make it a completely different product from the Air.
      Considering how well the iPad sold, this is just an effort from PC vendors to capture some of that market share.

      It’s also got plenty of specs over the Air. It’ll be slightly lighter and is claiming a longer battery life.

      1. I don’t get the mentality on this at all. If you have a laptop with about equal dimensions and weight, why would you need the touchscreen? Is it a fetish? The keyboard and trackpad aren’t enough? I don’t get it. For me, this design defeats the purpose in the first place. As I’ve said many times, I think this whole thing is getting stupid. If you already have trackpad and keyboard you need a tablet also? I must be the one on drugs to be asking what I think are reasonable questions. Make sense?!

        1. I think it’s a great idea…..being able to have the ease of multimedia navigation on screen similar to an IPAD, but then flip to a PC/keyboard to due more intense work. It’s lucky you’re not in charge, we’d all be wearing black pants and white shirts.

        2. I know what you mean, Like the cars having too many mirrors! Why can we just have one mirror?

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