Samsung Windows 8 tablet given away to devs

Microsoft hands out slate at Build conference

Developers get to try out Windows 8 on Samsung-made tablet

Microsoft handed out 5,000 new Windows 8 tablets to developers at its Build conference last night, following the official unveiling of its new OS. The tablet, Samsung’s Slate PC 7 Series, is loaded with the new OS, with developers able to test and build new software on it.

With an 11.6-inch screen and 64GB SSD, this tablet is much larger than the even the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom. Yet despite having a full-on desktop OS on board, it can boot in just three seconds.

There’s also a cool ‘connected standby’ feature, which lets the tablet snag updates from the web without powering up fully. Devs were given 2GB of data access too, lasting for the next year.

Windows 8 is expected to be released to the public next year. But with dev builds out there, expect to hear plenty of news about what it can do before you can officially lay your hands on it.

Windows 8 video: Hands-on

Source: T3 Video