Rumor has it that Samsung is planning a new Windows7-based tablet with a 10-inch display, a slide-out keyboard and the name…”Gloria.”, but we didn’t quite grasp if that’s for the tablet itself, or a new line of those.
Samsung is no stranger to the whole QWERTY-on-a-Windows-tablet concept, as it developed the Samsung Q1 Ultra back in the days when the iPad was still a twinkle in Steve Jobs’s eyes. The Q1U, however, is 7″, which seems to be the maximum we can stretch our thumbs over, and we are sure Samsung has noticed that too, placing the Q1U keyboard on both sides of the rim.
Still, the slide-out keyboard on a tablet device seems like a fun and very useful addition. A QWERTY keyboard would make it much easier to be productive while on-the-go, especially for those of us who hate typing on touch screens on anything larger than a smartphone.
At the moment Samsung has not officially announced the Gloria tablet, therefore it is unclear as to whether this device will ever materialize.
Now it sounds like a perfect solution for a non-touch optimized full-fledged operating system like Windows 7 to just include a hardware keyboard and mouse pad on the side, but for handling and thumb-typing this way on a 10-incher we can imagine all sorts of issues. Anyway, there is an artist’s rendering of the Samsung Gloria, and the source also states that Samsung will be having its custom UI overlay on top of Win7. Well, at least Flash (or any software, for that matter) won’t be an issue, and you won’t have to use your pinky to close off a window. The tablet is supposed to come in the Spring of 2011 if It is materialized.
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