I’ve been using the Cr-48 long enough to realize something very important about it. The device is awesome for picking up with the web on the go, but the greatest form factor would be a tablet/laptop configuration. This way, you get the best of both worlds. You have a tablet and also something to easily write with, something that for me is important because I write prolifically.
Samsung introduced at CES today a product called the Sliding PC 7. The picture speaks more than I can describe, but imagine a phone with a slider, and the Sliding PC is that magnified to the size of a tablet/laptop.
I can already tell you that someone is testing this type of form factor for Chromium OS with the Dell Latitude XT2. The problem, however, is that this model currently costs thousands of dollars.
That’s too expensive for a Chrome OS device. The ideal price point would be less than $1,000, and most likely below $500. It makes me wonder if the name of this Samsung product is intentionally labeled with “7″ to denote that it will be a Windows 7 product, which would fit this price level.
I’m at CES, so when the Samsung booth opens up tomorrow I’ll be getting pictures and video of the Sliding PC 7 if I can.
UPDATE: It looks like Google is not officially testing tablet/laptops as far as can be seen.