Hybrid Devices are probably the future of personal computing for the IT industry. Companies are spending a lot of money into developing new type of form factors so as to create devices that fulfill all your computing needs with the added advantage of mobility. One such device that was revealed at CES 2011 was the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series. This device has an innovative design, the concept of the device is similar to the Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet which aims at giving the user the advantage of both a net-book and a tablet.
The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series seems to be more like Samsung's response to Dell. The major difference between the devices is the fact that unlike the Dell inspiron duo the Samsung Sliding PC as its name suggests slides out to reveal a full qwerty keyboard. The screen can then be tilted to make the device appear like a fully functional net-book. Of course just like its Dell counter part it runs on Windows 7 OS.
Talking about the specifications, Samsung Sliding PC offers only a little more than Dell Inspiron Duo. Its runs on the Intel ATOM Oak Trail Z670 @ 1.66GHz. Unlike Dell Inspiron Duo which has 2GB DRR3 RAM Samsung is using the older 2GB DDR2 RAM. The Hard Drive options are better in Samsung, its using the faster SSD (max): 32GB or 64GB (mSATA SSD). The SSD will ultimately give better start up and wake up times. When it comes to looks and aesthetics Samsung is far better, the Dimensions: 10.47 x 6.88 x 0.78 inches (W x D x H) a lot tighter and thinner compared to Dell's. The hybrid tablet weighs in at just 2.1 pounds. It also includes a USB, HDMI ports, a 4-in-1 card reader and a 1.3 megapixel webcam.
On top of all this the device also features Samsung’s device-to-device connection solutions. "Samsung AllShare" is what they call it. Samsung also plans to ship this tablet hybrid with 35 application specially designed for touch. 23 of those were created in partnership with Microsoft. The device will be available to the masses later this year in March for an expected price of $699. No doubt this is just the beginning of hybrid PC tablets. It will be interesting to see the more of these devices later in 2011.