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Sony and Samsung rumored Windows 8 Tablets surface

Samsung's Windows 8 Tablet

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 VAIO Duo 11

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.

Sony VAIO Duo 11

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.

Source: PocketNow, WParea; Thanks, Chris and Aldo, for the tips!

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Sony and Samsung rumored Windows 8 Tablets surface

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Looks like a standard capacitive stylus, not unlike what's available for current tablets. If you want proper inking with OS-level support, you'll likely have to wait for an x86 tablet.

I like Nokia, but I'm curious why yourself and so many others believe that they could put out a better tablet than the companies who've had experience making tablets?  Or are you looking for the fresh view?

Apple put out the iPad even though it was not experienced in making tablets (apart from the iPhone). You have to start from somewhere. Give Nokia and others a chance. More choices for consumers, more competitive prices, choice over integration of hardware, etc, etc.

don't see it happening as MS already said no to HTC for they didn't believe they had enough experience in making tablets, maybe for the second generation W8 tablets they'll both get to release them.

I guess it's their design skills... Or maybe some support to Nokia so they can survive and succeed with their phone business.

Sorryt to say, but I hope they don't load it with bloatware like the do their desktop/laptops. They really know how to kill performance and the average consumer blame MS's OS.
 
 

Beautiful. But if these devices are as expensive as iPads? It could be tough going. I'm hoping that Microsoft will be willing to take a bath initially on these things (like the Xbox), just to get a nice chunk of the market.

I want an RT device badly. I have a great laptop, so an RT would be awesome.

Even if it were more than the iPad it would still purchase it.  The iPad is not all that.  But for those who wants that product I say go ahead.  I'll be owning a MS OS device once released regardless of price.

Back lit keyboard, hellz yeah!  Price would be a consideration at first but whomever gets these things out for Christmas will have success.

To be honest, I really want a surface Pro but im not sure I can wait. When it comes down to it, it's all about the specs and don't really care who puts it out (except for Acer) ;-) give me power and features! :-)

I understand your inability to remain patient, but please don't be like the many people who couldn't wait for WP8 and purchased a Lumia device and are now crying wolf. I purchased the lumia 900 knowing full well it may not receive the WP8 OS update, but I'm one of the few who hasn't complained because I made the choice. While I will be purchasing a new WP8 when it come out, I am completely happy with my L900.

The thing looks much like the "Jack Pack" aka "Bauer Bag", or simply "The Satchel of Doom", *the official bag of Jack Bauer. I want one!

I looks way better in person Plus it's the perfect size.
Just enough campartments for a tablet charger room for a book USB key and
scrap paper.

Does it say "Field Agent" on their business cards? Hello, I'm a Field Agent for the Mobile Nations. I demand respect damn it!

Was thinking the same...  I dont see myself using it holding it with one hand and typing with the other

I guess it's a hybrid...? Use the on-screen keyboard when you hold it like a tablet, and the keyboard when you put it on a desk to do more work-like typing stuff? Probably more comfortable than using the Surface keyboard cover if you need to type much.
 
It's not like the touchscreen/digitizer convertible laptop hasn't been done before, but I guess the difference is that Windows 8 actually makes them useful in tablet mode.

Seeing the devices presented so far I think introducing the Surface was a good idea. If it's still true that it only will be available from MS stores I think the plan was mainly to give the market a reference product rather than making it a number one seller. Laptops and now Android tablets are a horrible mess when it comes to comparing specs, but with Windows 8/RT tablets I think it will be easier for at least semi-aware buyers to make better decisions on a particular device based on how it compares to the Surface.

That backlit keyboard could be a big selling point for a lot of people! I know it's making me think about it!

OMG I just want to preorder my surface,,,,,,,,gah the agony of waiting............ugh only 3 seconds past.  This is gonna be a long wait.