Gates to demonstrate new prototypes of Tablet PCs

By Derek Sooman on
Bill Gates is supposedly planning to show prototypes and products that build on the Tablet PC concept at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference today. Apparently due to be demonstrated are a number of new products, including a tablet-style computer that would be about as thin as 10 sheets of paper, with a screen that measures about 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall. Now I could do with one of those, even if I didnít do anything with it and merely kept it for the bragging factor.

It would weigh about 1 to 2 pounds, with a built-in camera, wireless capabilities, microphone and all-day battery life. The target price would be about $500 to $800.

It's a device that could be on the market within a few years, said Neil Charney, director of product management for Windows on PCs. The idea is to get hardware companies thinking about making such devices.

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