Samsung Series 5 and Series 7 Slates break cover

Remember the Windows 8 hybrid Samsung teased earlier this week? The system was formally unveiled at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany, and it had company. Samsung showed two Windows 8 hybrids: the Series 5 Slate and the Series 7 Slate. Each one combines an 11.6" touchscreen tablet with not only a stylus, but also a detachable keyboard dock.

Engadget has the goods from Samsung's presentation, including details about the underlying hardware. The Series 5 uses a Clover Trail Atom processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of solid-state storage. There's no indication of the panel technology in the display, but the resolution is 1366x768. You can expect to pay $649 for the tablet and another $100 for the keyboard, which will be sold separately.

The Series 7 is more exotic and might even qualify for ultrabook status. This machine has an Ivy Bridge Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The display resolution is an impressive 1920x1080, but the battery life is reportedly just 4-5 hours, about half the estimated run time of the Series 5. At 1.89 lbs, the Series 7 is also 0.24 lbs heavier than its Atom-based counterpart. Even more striking is the difference in sticker price. The Series 7 will be bundled with its keyboard dock for $1,120. Yeah, it had better feature an IPS panel.

Thus far, we've see three tiers of Windows 8 hybrids. ARM-equipped WinRT devices sit at the bottom, followed by Atom-based designs running Windows 8 and even pricier systems with Ivy Bridge CPUs. I wouldn't have expected an Atom-based entry to cost as much as $750, though. Let's hope Samsung's pricing isn't indicative of the market as a whole.

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