While Microsoft is busy readying the company's Surface tablets, it looks like others are working on tablets of their own. We've heard of Lenovo working on tablets and even some speculation that Nokia is working on one as well. Today we can add Sony and Samsung to the list.
Samsung is prepping what is rumored to be a 10" (or larger?) tablet with Windows 8 that will be revealed at the IFA 2012 (consumer electronics convention) that will be held in Berlin. The Samsung tablet will have a dockable keyboard much like you have with the ASUS Transformer tablets. We had heard rumors earlier of a Samsung tablet but this is the first we've seen of a dockable keyboard. IFA runs from August 31st to September 5th so we won't have long to wait for more specs on the Samsung tablet. We'll have Mobile Nations field agents at IFA and try to run down the low down on these and other tablets.
Sony on the other hand is rumored to be working on the Sony VAIO Duo 11 tablet. The Duo 11 appears to be a convertible styled tablet with a fold out keyboard that appears to be backlit. The "11" should stand for the screen size and beyond that, not much more is being shared on the Duo 11. The design concept is a little different that what we have seen with Sony's Android tablets and has a bit of appeal to it.
Still a little partial to the Microsoft Surface but it appears that if the Surface isn't your cup of tea, you'll have a few Windows 8 tablet alternatives to choose from.
Tune in to Windows Phone Central Thursday morning for our Live Blog of the Samsung announcement.