Windows 8 tablet from Samsung to be an updated year-old Series 7 tablet

Windows 8 tablet from Samsung to be an updated year-old Series 7 tablet
Spoiler Alert! A Samsung executive told Bloomberg on Wednesday that the Korean based manufacturer will ship its new Windows 8 tablet sometime in the second half of next year, giving us a clue as to when Windows 8 might be launched. The tablet itself will look familiar as it will be an updated version of the currently available Series 7 device that uses Windows 7. That means you should expect an 11.6 inch touchscreen on the Windows 8 tablet. According to Samsung's PC group head Nam Seong Woo, current Series 7 owners whose tablets are equipped with Windows 7 will get an update to Windows 8 although he didn't say if the update would be offered at a special price or the regular Windows update price.

Thanks to the new Windows 8 OS, the new tablet will feature more advanced motion sensors and the replacement of legacy BIOS with UEFI firmware. Samsung will also supposedly put Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, created using the 22nm process, to work under the hood while updating RAM. The new software, which Microsoft introduced in September, allows tablets to turn on instantly and last all day on a single charge while offering a new push notification system as we detailed yesterday.

If Samsung's Windows 8 tablet launches as an update to the Series 7 tablet, it will be 1.9 pounds and be a half inch thick, which makes it heavier and thicker than the Apple iPad and Android tablets. To top it off, at the current $1,100 price for its Series 7 tablet, Samsung's device will cost twice as much as Apple's tablet.

For its part, Samsung doesn't consider slate devices like the Series 7 to be in the same category as its Android tablets. When it comes to tablets, the Korean based manufacturer had the leading market share among those producing Android flavored models with a 9% slice of the pie during Q3 of this year. During the same time period, Android tablets accounted for 27% of tablet sales up from 2.3% last year. The Apple iPad captured 67% of such sales in the three months ended in September versus 97% last year. In the U.S., the latter device holds a 75% market share as we reported on Tuesday.

source: Bloomberg via electronista



1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

apple lost a feirce 30% after HC introduction. Wonder what the field will look like this time next year with ICS and W8 tablets . 33% for everyone? lol. They need to bring down the price of those tablets for W8 or thats gonna stall a lot of sales.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

The problem is that Samsung can't beat Apple by just having better specs. The reason why Apple is so successful (and probably angers a lot of tech folks) is because they cater to the general public. They don't deal with specs because the average person will describe themselves as "computer illiterate" (I hate that saying so much). The only way that a company is going to beat Apple is to either make the general public smarter about their technology (which won't happen) or go the way of Apple so the general public can latch on (which will just anger everyone all over again). So instead of telling them to beat Apple, why not go for having a successful tablet that isn't the iPhone. Even if it takes 20% of the market, that's huge considering no one else has been able to match it.

8. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

There are many companies out there that fail in trying to be like their most successful competitors, but I don't think that is the case with Microsoft's Windows 8. With Windows 8, it seems they are trying to bring what they do best (Windows) into the mobile space, a feat that hasn't yet been successfully accomplished by any of the major competitors. Microsoft doesn't have to show that Windows 8 is better than iOS, nor does it have to say that it is housing the bleeding edge of mobile hardware. What they need to do is convince the consumers that what was once available on your immobile desktop is now available to you wherever you go.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thats true. Except Android has takent 30% of the market in the less than year since honeycomb has launched. Windows has an excellent shot because it, like apple has huge brand recognition. Most computer illiterate people who are looking for a tablet will see "Windows 8" and immediately think of their home computer which is more often than not, windows, and then get that because its familiar to them. That is one thing that MS and Apple definately have over Android. Android is catching up in recognition, but people have been using the other 2 for what.. nearly 30 years now. Thats a power that cant be matched without time in the field. I really think, that unless MS botches this, that they have a better than not shot of becoming the #1 tablet over time. Eventually my best guess is that it will be MS, Android, Apple in corresponding positions. MS for that brand identity (and windows 8 looks REALLY promising as an actual full computer capable tablet), Android is great but its strength is segment penetration (hitting el cheapos to high end), and iOS will always have its following.

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I'm not they can live down the bad stigma. Microsoft has had such a horrible mobile platform in the past that I can't imagine anyone will really trust them. Windows Phone 7 was actually a really awesome platform that Microsoft put some big add money behind and it fizzled. I dunno, a few years ago I never thought anyone could ever touch Microsoft. But with the world of technology today, maybe we should stop thinking that Microsoft can conquer all and accept them as one of many. ...For the life of me, I can't believe I'm actually rooting for Microsoft though. I feel like their a good (not great) company that just got kicked to the ground. I want to see them survive to push iOS and Android and itself.

13. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It's true that Microsoft lost some of its lustre in the mobile space during the later years of WM6. By the time WP7 rolled around, a new era was already underway with iOS (and Android later) leading the charge. Among new consumers, the late arrival meant that many had already found a new home. For their existing loyal users, some of the concessions made by Microsoft in going from a truer OS to a user-friendly OS was the first sign of an impending fall from grace. You are right that in the current competitive landscape in technology, nothing is certain for any of the participants. The failures of a rather good OS in WebOS, and an innovative concept in MeeGo, are evidence of just how fierce the competition is. But at the end of the day, all a company can try to do is make the best product it can, and convince the people that it is the best product. And to that end, I believe Windows Phone has a fighting chance to be reigned the best mobile OS option down the road.

14. Pdubb

Posts: 249; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

The reason Apple is now successful is because it is the media "darling" right now. Anything Apple does gets press and hype. I understand they release one phone a year but look at the articles about what that phone will be like. The rumors started for the next iPhone as soon as the new iPhone came out. This isn't a knock on Apple I don't think they are just in a good postion at the moment. But with all the talk about their products it becomes easy to feel that these must be the better products. Whether it is the case or not it is increasingly difficult to change public perception when the "critics" of products talk about one product most of the time and compare almost every product to one from Apple. It leads to a biased feel in the public.

20. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Very good observations Pdubb.

4. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

$1,100...come on Sammy and MS....just give us a break...don't price is more than $700.

6. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

It'd be worth it even if it was $1,100

9. Penny

Posts: 1848; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

The $1,100 cost is associated with the tablet Samsung created to give out to developers, and it had very different hardware from what is being described in the above article. The $1,100 tablet had a second generation core-i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and an SSD, all items you would be hard-pressed to find in a tablet running a mobile OS. By downgrading to the Ivy-Bridge processors (next generation of Intel Atoms), probably reducing the RAM to 1-2 GB, and using either a lower capacity SSD or removable memory, the cost of this tablet should go down significantly.

5. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well said gentlemen. Well said. The biggest issue i have is that the "media", PA writers, etc, will always focus on the specs. And your right, the general public could give a rats A$$. As long as it has a little fruit on it...they are sold. MS will do very well in the enterprise. Android and iPad can't even come close. There is a reason it weighs more, is thicker and has a higher price tag. It's like comparing a jacked up Subaru to a Rolls Royce. (apple being the jacked up subaru) it's fast...but it does not go in style.

7. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Actually, I'd have to disagree. Apple has been doing this "Here is what you can do with your iDevice" for years now. I think the only thing Verizon (because they really are the ones that brought Android into mainstream) could do was counter it with boasting the power behind the devices...otherwise they would have been looked at like a copy cat. So smart move on that end because people always want more even if they don't know what more means for them. It was a great marketing campaign. But now, years later, I think anyone making electronics has to switch gears. People are still very much afraid of technology because they don't understand it. So instead of pushing specs, companies need to push usability. I think there has been enough time that people aren't going to call Copy Cat anymore. I think companies need to stop relying on carriers to promote their products. Give people a reason to buy the Droid Razr or whatever. Same with Microsoft. Show people why they should pick up this very nice alternative (I was a WP7 fan), because until you do, the only people buying your product are the random people talked into it by sales reps or nerds.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, the bulk of people are talked into one OS or another by sales reps and friends.

19. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

good point!

15. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Ubuntu tablets??????????

17. kainy

Posts: 165; Member since: Aug 10, 2011

Huh really?

16. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

Whatever the price, Win8 is the reason I've got no Android tablet. Imagine Eclipse on a tablet - the perfect combination to spoil a holiday ;-)

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

windows 8 is going to be great. buy hopefully it will come with a hand full of manufacturers.

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