Samsung planning return to tablet market.

imageSamsung announced today that it is developing a tablet computer that will have enough processing power to become many people’s “primary device.”

“I do feel that that slate-type platform has legs but I think the legs need to be far more powerful, for example an Atom-based product which has far greater flexibility, not to mention inputs and outputs,” says Phillip Newton, director of Samsung Australia’s IT divison. “This has more potential than an iPad.”

The slate-based machine should be more consumer-oreinted than the Samsung Q1 UMPC, and is expected to be available in the second half of 2010.

“The Q1 was a very niche product for a vertical market, it wasn’t a consumer product” Emmanuele Silanesu, national product and marketing manager for Samsung Australia’s IT division explained. “It was limited (in functionality), the price was relatively high, and it wasn’t an attractive device for consumers.”

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