Microsoft gives away 5000 Samsung Windows 8 tablets to developers at its BUILD conference

Microsoft gives away 5000 Samsung Windows 8 tablets to developers at its BUILD conference
Even before Microsoft started its long awaited BUILD conference today where they previewed the impressive new Windows 8 platform, rumors indicated that Microsoft was going to do something especially generous for developers in attendance.

Just as expected, Microsoft decided to hand out 5,000 Samsung manufactured Windows 8 tablets to attendees of its BUILD conference – showing the kind of commitment they have with the new platform. Considered to be the unsung heroes, Microsoft will require the backing and support of the developer community to enable Windows 8 to succeed on a whole new level. Of course, this wicked gift will enable developers to go out and concoct innovative new things with the tablet platform.

Surprisingly, these Samsung manufactured Windows 8 tablets cost about $1,099 each and feature some serious hardware under the hood. In fact, it features an 11.6” Super PLS display with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 2nd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, microSD card slot, and free 3G access to AT&T’s network for a single year.

Quite the generous free offer don’t you think?

via Samsung Hub

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28 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Holy s---, I need to get me one of those. Core i5, 64GB SSD, a REAL operating system? Finally, a tablet COMPUTER.

20. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

Thumbs up my friend. EXACTLY not those ipad toys.

2. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

wow. I wonder if this will also be able to run full MS Office. If so I would defenitly skip the laptop and get a tablet for school.

22. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

yea it can run win7 apps

3. GeekMovement unregistered

That is one beautiful tablet.

4. Nick040489

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 01, 2010

I can't to own one of these or something like it. I have been waiting on Windows 8 and this just makes it so much better.

5. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Looks like the iPad has some serious competition. The computer market is Microsofts' home turf. So with Samsungs' hardware running Microsofts' software... DAMN... this thing has gotta be a powerhouse.

6. Man2006 unregistered

Now that is a tablet computer, this tablet kicks butt!

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

i really want to buy one of these !

8. i_like_da_cheese_it_is_good unregistered

I would get this just for the FREE att 3g! On top of that, the specs are amazing! Good bye to my ipad, hello windows 8. I've always wanted an excuse to get windows phone and ditch my android too.

9. ecml490 unregistered

I know where my thousand dollars is going!

10. exo2u unregistered

finally something to be excited about in the tablet world, will wait for 2nd gen but damn. Going in the right direction besides memory. 64gb sooo weak

11. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Maybe they'll be compatible with external HDs. That way when your at home hooked up desktop style sky is the limit. Then on the go you just load up what you really want to be viewing/acessing during your travels; which really shouldnt be more than 64gb right?

12. exo2u unregistered

yes and no, for the average consumer its probably fine, if I wanted to I could obliterate 64gb with 3 hd movie files. I'm sure it will have USB support for externals but that's only convenient if I'm actually sitting down and not "on the go". Ideally I don't want to have to transfer anything from my main computer to my mobile one.

13. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Well I gues I fall into that "avergae consumer" category. Because I honeslty dont need HD/BR movies on a tablet. I'm fine with DVD quality files that take at most 1 or 2gbs per movie and may have at most 10 movies saved at a time. Also having netflex, hulu+, and the like would be my main resource for movies and series. I dont see myself needing more than 24gbs for music and then the rest of the memory would go for apps, pictures, etc. That being said, I think more memory is always great and welcome I just know I dont necessarily NEED it, but I do WANT it

14. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It does also have a microSD slot, so that could easily be another 32GB of storage. Also, I agree with bolaG in that I wouldn't need 1080p movies on this tablet. If I'm using an 11.6" screen with a max resolution of 1366x768, anything over 720p would really be a waste.

16. exo2u unregistered

wouldn't put an hd file like that for the tablet, one instance would be for if I wanted to hook it up to watch on a tv. Reguardless though I have a few apps over a gig by themselves so by apps alone not including all the extra software compatibility win8 will have 64 won't be enough or even 64 plus 32. Not speaking for anyone but myself as I don't consider myself an average consumer. 64 been the max for way too long on these things. I bet you'll be in the same boat as all the people that regret getting 16gb tablets.

25. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

keep in mind that it will probably support SD cards up 64GB or 32GB on top of the internal 64GB.

23. monstermash123 unregistered

64g is the biggest capacity of most major tablets now, and I don't think it's that bad. How much porn are you watching at once, bro?

27. exo2u unregistered

not the most useful tool in the box are you? Honestly you sound too young to wrap your head around it. Do you even know what windows 8 is capable of. Obviously not. If you did you would understand how far 64-96gb will get you. I am done trying to convince the stupidity in people that there wrong, especially when they don't even know what there talking about, you'll find out for yourself. monstermash obviously didn't read anything I said earlier. your a flaming fag shut the hell up.. Seriously your comment serves no purpose. You don't know what you haven't experienced so I'll just pity you and anyone that knows you. Also ever hear of a dual boot. Geez the lack of imagination is truly sad if you can't think of ways that could use up that amount of space.

15. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

It's a business expense, especially since it is marketing related. The most valuable item was the free 1 yr 3G service to ATT.

24. monstermash123 unregistered

ATT's 3G service isn't really valuable, ATT just charges an arm and a leg for it and the service isn't that good to begin with.

17. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I have a 16 gb iPad 2 and am perfectly happy with it. Another thing to consider is that we are moving into a more cloud based system where you can have all your movies stored somewhere else. I can watch movies that are stored on my computer at home for instance. The other thing is this is my no means a final product. I am sure by the time windows eight comes out bigger solid state hard drives will be cheaper. I am pretty sure you can get tablets like this right now almost. Minus maybe the second gen I 5 processor and windows eight and there is the non solid state hard drives that are slot bigger in size. Even though I myself would never get anything but solid state on a tablet.

18. Axial unregistered

Guys, this is the same hardware as the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC (look it up). It will be available in several configurations, including this one. High-end has the same everything, but it's sporting a 128GB SSD and comes with the dock and keyboard; priced at $1350 (it is a full-blown computer with an i5 CPU, not a tablet). It goes on sale 2 October 2011. It has a hardware "Windows" button so that when Windows 8 goes RTM, it can be readily upgraded with full support.

19. JS unregistered

This thing is real deal...need to get one for myself asap...and guys...any news about battery?

21. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

First REAL tablet !

26. evaners unregistered

finally a tablet worth buying. for people who actually buy stuff for a purpose other than fun

28. kreneo

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

Windows 8 is just AWESOME!!!!

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