With Microsoft’s BUILD conference kicking off in under 3 hours, we have our first leak of what looks to be a Samsung made, Windows 8 tablet. Due to the fact the tablet isn’t “on” does make things a little harder to discuss, but the device looks like every other tablet nowadays, but has a small home button on the bottom in the bezel, when the device is put in landscape mode, which by the way looks to support a 16:9 ratio.
These devices are rumored to be given away to all attendees of the conference so that developers can start their work. The odd thing here is speculation puts this tablet running on an Intel Quad-Core CPU and not an ARM processor or even the Quad-Core Eyxnos processor in development at Samsung (who made this tablet). This processor, while it claims to be low-voltage, will still be a battery hog. According to the source of this image, Michelle Hu, Microsoft had a lot to do with the design of this tablet, so we’ll have to wait and see at Noon, just wait this tablet can do when it runs Windows 8.
Is this the “first” real competitor to the iPad and Apple’s reign at the top, or will consumers just see it as another attempt to make a half-assed tablet to compete with the iPad just like every other failed tablet attempt?