Microsoft has designed large parts of Windows 8 to work on touchscreens including tablets, all-in-one desktops, and even traditional laptop computers with touchscreen displays. And Intel is also convinced that touchscreens can improve the laptop computing experience.
But while most touch-friendly devices these days are designed for finger input, Samsung has been taking a different approach to touch lately. The company’s Galaxy Note smartphone and Galaxy Note 10.1 both come with a digital pen for pressure-sensitive writing and drawing.
Now it looks like Samsung may be bringing a similar feature to an upcoming notebook.
Samsung posted a teaser video on YouTube this week, showing a notebook which appears to have a digital pen tucked into a slot in the lid. According to the description, the computer will be Windows 8-ready.
There’s not much else we know about the computer for now, but Samsung will likely unveil the notebook at a press conference on August 29th in Germany, on the eve of the annual IFA trade show.
It’s not clear whether the upcoming computer will be a traditional clamshell-style notebook, or if the screen will tilt back and folder down over the keyboard so you can hold the device like a tablet.
But as K T reminds me, Samsung did show off a Windows 8 touchscreen laptop and a Windows 8 convertible tablet-style laptop at Computex in June. We could be looking at one of those devices.
Samsung calls the digital pen feature for its Note line of Android devices an S-Pen, and markets the feature as if it were a completely new and innovative idea.
But Windows tablet makers have been offering devices with digital pens for the better part of a decade. Before the iPad made a splash with its light-weight operating system and capacitive, multitouch display, most tablet computers ran Windows software, featured physical keyboards, and required a stylus or digital pen to input data.
I guess Samsung is betting that pen-based input was ahead of its time, and wasn’t actually the reason none of those tablets took off the way the iPad has.
If it will be close in functionality to real drawing tablet (like bamboo tablet) and will be working under linux, I will buy it !!!
Yeah, if the specs are decent, I could see digital artists getting interested in this as a Cintiq alternative.
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