Samsung’s new TX100 promises to combine the benefits of a notebook and a tablet PC.
Samsung has unveiled the TX100 at CES 2011. At first glance it’s a compact, lightweight tablet.
What sets the TX100 apart is that sliding the screen up to one side uncovers a physical keyboard, giving users both an intuitive touch screen and a familiar keyboard and mouse interface.
Two models of the TX100 featuring SSD memory of 32GB or 64GB will be available from March, 2011.
The TX100 is one of many tablet PCs to make their debut at this year’s CES technology show – read hands-on First Looks direct from Which? researchers at CES 2011 of all high profile tablet releases.
Samsung TX100 look and feel
The Samsung TX100 features a 10.1-inch multi-touch LCD display that supports HD resolution (1366×768) and outdoor visibility. Samsung says that its slim design and light weight allow for mobility without compromising functionality and that it’s the perfect size for watching or editing video online, uploading and viewing images, reading the news or quickly writing emails.
For those who prefer physical keyboards for quickly typing notes or browsing the Web, the TX100 features a full, 80/81-key keyboard tucked away under the display. The keyboard slides completely out creating a laptop-like interface that is coupled with the touch capabilities on the display promising the best of both worlds.
The TX100 is equipped with Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system and the Intel Atom processor and supports a range of connection channels and I/O ports, including wireless modules, USB/HDMI-out via dongle, and microSD card slots.
It’s powered by Samsung’s solid state drive (SSD) which enables extended battery life. Samsung claims you can enjoy life on-the-go for up to nine hours between charges. The SSD also fully supports multi-tasking, not only in the keyboard mode, but also in touch mode.
Applications for the Samsung TX100
The TX100 comes with pre-loaded applications that are optimised for the touch screen display. This includes Samsung’s applications for music, video, photo, note-taking, weather reports, time management and navigation.
In addition, the Microsoft Bing map provides powerful tools that help users get more out of their searches, including the intuitive Bing voice search, which enables users to type with their voice to find what they’re looking for. More robust touch applications will be available via Samsung App Manager and Windows Product Scout.
The TX100 can act as a connective hub with other devices allowing you to control, search, swap and play videos, photos, and music across a full range of DLNA certified Samsung devices, ranging from cameras and smart phones to TVs and PCs.
Which has put a host of tablets already available to buy through our tough lab tests. If you’re tempted by the portability of a tablet PC, check out Which? reviews of tablet PCs – including the Apple iPad.
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