CES: Ready for the 'sliding PC'? Samsung hopes so

Summary:Samsung said it has cooked up a new device---dubbed the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series available in March---that offers the benefits of a laptop with key features of a tablet.

CES 2011

This puppy is something Samsung is calling "the first sliding tablet PC."

You buying it?

Samsung said it has cooked up a new device---dubbed the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series available in March---that offers the benefits of a laptop with key features of a tablet. The OS is Windows 7 and the chip is Intel's Atom Oak Trail. The general idea is to offer a light tablet that includes a sliding keyboard for easy typing. If you're a content heavy person, this gizmo may just make some sense.

The bigger question is whether this is a new category as Samsung proclaims. Samsung said:

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.

The sliding PC weighs in at 2.2 pounds. A few key points:

  • The 7 Series has a 4-in-1 memory card reader;
  • 32GB and 64GB SSD drives;
  • Optional 3G;
  • Preloaded apps from Microsoft;
  • And a price tag starting at $699.

Overall and this newfangled hybrid could be interesting.

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Processors, Samsung, Tablets

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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