Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC specs, shown at BUILD. © Microsoft Corporation
On Monday, BUILD attendees received a sweet new slate pre-loaded with Windows “8”, Visual Studio “11” and other sparkalies. Note I did not refer to it as a Samsung Series 7. That’s because it’s not one. While nearly identical specifications were shown via a slide during a BUILD Keynote, it was void of some important details that Long Zheng and I gathered via an interesting BUILD expo hall scavenger hunt.
The preview hardware consists of, for example:
- Newer firmware (04WJ.M005.20110826.LDG, 8/26/2011)
- An Option (GTM67x) chip for WiFi, phone and GPRS connectivity.
- A Silicon Labs (CP210x) chip for USB<->UART-based scenarios
- A Trusted Platform Module (1.2)
- More sensors/gizmos, like:
- NXP’s Near field Communications chip (NFC)
- A Bluetooth LE chip (although OS support isn’t quite ready/turned on)
- A gyroscope
- An ambient light sensor
I can’t say what’s better or cheaper in this case but I can say purchasing a retail Samsung Series 7 slate won’t net you a Windows Developer Preview slate; Your mileage will vary.