Amazon has started taking pre-orders for Samsung's Series 7 tablet PC. Although the machine isn't in stock yet, it is listed at a surprisingly reasonable $649. The Windows-powered system costs only $50 more than Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 variant with the same amount of onboard flash memory (32GB).
The Amazon product sheet lacks a picture and doesn't reveal a whole lot else in the way of specs, beyond the fact that the machine has a 1.5GHz Atom Z670 processor, 2GB of RAM, and dimensions of 10.5" x 7.1" x 0.84" with a weight of 2.2 lbs. However, Samsung wasn't as tight-lipped when it announced the device back at CES. At the time, it said the system also features a 10.1" 1366x768 touch screen, a lithium-polymer battery rated for nine hours of run time, USB 2.0 connectivity, HDMI output, a card reader, a 1.3-megapixiel webcam, and 802.11n Wi-Fi with optional 3G. In a way, the Series 7 matches the more traditional definition of a tablet PC, since it runs Windows and features a slide-out keyboard and touchpad.
Incidentally, the included Atom Z670 processor belongs to the new Oak Trail platform Intel officially unveiled last month. Its GMA 600 integrated graphics are supposed to have 1080p video decoding capabilities, while at the same time, the CPU and I/O hub together have a power envelope of only 3.75W. That probably explains the nine-hour battery life rating. (Thanks to Liliputing for the link.)
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