Not every tech company in the industry has the ability, foresight or know-how to actually create a newer, better, faster device every year or two the way Apple, Inc. does. Some are consigned to sticking an updated operating system on an old gadget and calling it new. Samsung is doing just that with its Series 7 “slate” computer.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung Personal Computer’s head of sales and marking, Uhm Kyu Ho said the next version of the Windows-based Series 7 computer will be a “modified version” of the current design that will include the Windows 8 operating system. However, current owners of the Series 7 will also be able to update their operating system to Windows 8 in the near future, as well, essentially making the “new version” the same as the old one. Hopefully, Samsung won’t try to gouge consumers by charging more.
Samsung is trying to break into the business market with the Series 7 “slate” computer. Bloomberg reports Nam Seong Woo, head of the PC business, as saying, “It uses Windows 7 and can run applications for personal computers, so is designed to appeal to consumers who need to produce documents and spreadsheets on devices as portable as the iPad or tablets running Android.”
Windows 8, which was just unveiled September 13th of this year, allows laptops and tablets to load fast and uses little battery life, making it ideal for using on business trips or in meetings. Microsoft is attempting to make itself known in a market dominated by iOS and Android.
Samsung is well-known for being Apple’s main competitor. The former was the leading seller of smartphones last quarter, pushing Apple into second place. They may want to actually design a new model of the Series 7 if they want to compete with the ever-changing iPad.