Anonymous sources close to Microsoft told NY Times that Steve Ballmer will show off a couple of new tablet devices at next month's CES 2011 in Las Vegas. Ballmer will reportedly demonstrate a new iPad-like tablet from Samsung, this Windows 7-based device not be as thin as the iPad but it will feature a keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing. Additionally, another source claims Ballmer might demonstrate a tablet and other companion devices with Windows 8.
The Samsung device is described as “similar in size and shape to the Apple iPad, although it is not as thin. It also includes a unique and slick keyboard that slides out from below for easy typing.”
The people familiar with this device said it would run the Windows 7 operating system when in landscape mode, but will also have a layered interface that will appear when the keyboard is hidden and the device is held in a portrait mode.