It seemed like developers were enjoying their slates so much that they weren’t going to even hit Ebay, but at least one has. It’s currently at $1225 with 6 days to go. Now for those of you thinking of just getting a Samsung Series 7 and installing Windows 8 it’s not the same. As Rafael Rivera notes:

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

Feels a little pricy to me because we’re getting used to paying for a Mobile OS which is under $1,000 but it’s still pretty tempting.


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