Leaked video of upcoming Microsoft tablet device

by ron on September 30, 2009

We are all anxiously waiting the Feb 2010 announcement from Apple regarding the rumored new tablet they are looking to bring to market.

So far there have been no leaked screenshots or videos of the new Apple tablet device.

But out of nowhere, we now have a leaked video showing an upcoming Microsoft tablet device called the “Courier”.

The device is a foldable dual screen system, giving it the same feel as a conventional book or journal. In fact, the main use of this Courier device is something called “Live Journal”, which aims to replace your main paper journal.

Courier also has a digital camera, supports pen and multi-touch input, and as you can see from the video above, has a very attractive user interface.

Although it looks quite attractive from the user interface side of things, if you look at the actual device itself, it seems quite bulky. Folded up, it appears to be the thickness of a typical netbook (or perhaps a bit thicker).

It seems that the new tablet form factor is going to be the next big thing.

HP released the terrible DreamScene recently, which is nothing more than a fancy digital photo frame calling itself a tablet. If you enjoy entering text into a virtual keyboard by means of using a digital joystick (up, down, left, right) and taking 10 years to type anything in, then you’ll love this device. It also has no web browser. I doubt this product will have any real market penetration.

So it seems that the main tablet war will be between Microsoft and Apple. Mind you, if Apple do release a tablet in Feb 2010, they will likely take over the entire market by the time that Microsoft launch this Courier device.

Just look at the recently released Microsoft Zune HD. It’s a very nice device, with a good user interface. But in the end it won’t go anywhere, since Apple already have market dominance with the combination of iPhone 3G/3GS and iPod Touch (at the same price point as the Zune HD), with an application store with over 85,000 apps and growing at a rate of around 10,000 new apps per month.

If and when the Apple tablet launches, it is extremely likely that it will be able to also tap into the current Apple Application Store, which will make it very difficult for others to compete.

Update: here’s a hands-on review from the crew at Gizmodo.

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WillT September 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

nice, possible future trend starting here

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