Samsung Gloria Is 10-inch Tablet with Slide-Out Keyboard
The tablet market might become a little more strange if the Samsung Gloria actually gets a public release. The Gloria is a 10-inch tablet, but it comes with a full slide-out keyboard.
The slide-out keyboard is a favorite for many smartphone manufacturers because it offers more accurate typing for many consumers. But we've yet to see a tablet with a physical keyboard. Up until now, we'd have been tempted to call such a thing a netbook.
But Samsung reportedly plans to blur the lines by making the keyboard on this Windows 7 tablet slide out from underneath instead of folding up like a netbook. The display will still be touch-sensitive, like standard tablets.
Windows 7 has long been known to be difficult to use in touchscreen tablets, but sources say Samsung plans to include some software that would make it easier to use with finger input.
So far, the Samsung Gloria remains a rumor, but sources assert that it will launch for consumers in March or April of 2011.