Rumor: Samsung to Announce Microsoft Tablet at IFA

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IFA kicks off next week in Berlin, and just a few days out of the event dubbed “European CES” by organizers, there is very little tablet buzz. That may finally change, as word out of Korea is that Samsung will announce a Windows tablet PC that has a sharp eye on the enterprise.

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab line, which is managed by Samsung’s mobile business unit, the Microsoft slate will come out of the IT solutions segment, which typically handles enterprise-class desktops and notebooks.

The report is curiously silent in regards to the specific operating system on the Samsung tablet, keeping open the possibility this will be a Windows 8 device. Perhaps Samsung is making a push in the enterprise market in the wake of HP’s announcement that the world’s number one notebook maker is looking to exit the hardware space.

Other Samsung Tablet at IFA
Rumors circulated earlier this summer that Samsung was readying a Galaxy Q smartphone/tablet that sported a 5.3-inch screen. While no information has leaked since the initial report, IFA would be a perfect launching pad for the hybrid device. Also, Samsung unveiled a Windows 7 slider PC at CES in January that was originally set for a spring release. The device has yet to be launched and Samsung has been quiet as to its status.

Finally, Samsung has also been quiet in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet unveiled at CTIA last spring. TabletPCReview will be in Berlin for the show and expects to see the Galaxy Tab 8.9 there.

Source: Korea Herald




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