In order to at least partially circumvent the limitation that the lack of a physical keyboard imposes upon a tablet, Samsung Electronics America created what it calls the Sliding PC 7 Series.
Slates definitely grew as a market quickly, so companies, naturally, begun finding ways to circumvent whatever 'disadvantages' they had left.
That said, in order to give users a slate that still had a physical keyboard, Samsung came up with the idea of a sliding mechanism.
Basically, the PC 7 Series has a sliding keyboard that can come out and sit at the foot of the display itself.
“With the proliferation of tablet devices, there is a demand from consumers that want the elegance, ease-of-use and portable form factor of a tablet but also the familiarity of a notebook,” said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division.
“At first glance, the Samsung PC 7 Series is a compact, light-weight tablet featuring an intuitive touchscreen. However, once the display is slid into place, it reveals a physical keyboard that offers users the familiar keyboard/touchpad interface,” he added.
“The Samsung 7 Series is creating a category unto itself, with a total solution that is not only chic and convenient for content consumption, but also versatile enough for more intensive computing and content creation,” Ledterman went on to saying.
The machine is powered by the Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 central processing unit, whose clock speed is of 1.66 GHz.
There are also 2 GB of DDR2, a mSATA SSD of 32 GB or 64 GB, a 10.1-inch touchscreen (1,366 x 768 pixels), integrated graphics, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, a HDMI output, and a speaker, among other things.
“Innovative designs based on Intel Atom processors offer not only improved performance and sleeker devices, but also new, creative form factors,” said Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of the Netbook and Tablet Group at Intel.
“The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series demonstrates how state-of-the-art form factors can help consumers stay connected, while also providing rich, immersive PC-like experiences on the go.”
For a price of $699, end-users will be able to acquire the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series starting March, 2011.