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 1366×768. 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 1920×1080, 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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    • burntham77
    • 7 years ago

    I would love an AMD APU version of this.

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Comes with -30% battery life and -30% performance for -15% discount

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    When is Asus gonna start suing for the Detachable keyboard/dock idea?

      • rxc6
      • 7 years ago

      I guess that unlike other companies, Asus knows that they didn’t invent it:
      [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TC1100[/url<]

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        When has that even mattered?

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        That’s clearly irrelevant.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 7 years ago

    Asus > Samsung. Just sayin.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Depends on your criteria. Tech support wise they both are useless.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        hp has stepped up their support game. hardware still sucks, but when it goes, damn, they’ve improved. took care of my sister like i couldn’t believe.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 7 years ago

        I’ve yet to have a probem with Asus. I guess it just depends on who you get and when you call/email/chat/whatever. I’ve noticed they are good about addressing problems that people bring up in Newegg reviews, so there’s that.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Lol

          [url<]http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?27205-Rant-Asus-has-the-worst-support-by-far-in-NA&highlight=asus[/url<] That is only one of the many crappy support cases that support has offered.

      • dashbarron
      • 7 years ago

      Battery alone makes Asus tablets better than any of the other competition.

        • ALiLPinkMonster
        • 7 years ago

        My TF101 can last all weekend with fairly heavy use, and I always have the dock charged for when it does go. It’s even better since they added that nifty task manager in the 4.0 update.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      Apple > Everything else.

      Thanks.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        Good try, bro

      • mutarasector
      • 7 years ago

      Can’t wait for TaiChi!

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    liking the ativ S. surprised?

    • no51
    • 7 years ago

    I thought this was the new iPad for a second.

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      If you cover the samsung logo and the button and then made a 2-D photo of the front image…and a white box and add an additonal $1k to the price tag…. IT DOES!!! ZOMOGMOGMGOMGOGM SUEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THEM!

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        the ipad is cheaper, did you miss that part?

          • yogibbear
          • 7 years ago

          Show me an ipad with a core i5 that doesn’t sell for $1.749k?

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]$1.749k[/quote<] That's oddly specific.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            i was referring to the atom one. you know, the entry level one.

      • Narishma
      • 7 years ago

      Was it the Windows logo that gave it away?

      • Sahrin
      • 7 years ago

      “Oh Apple, you’re so clever – how did they manage to spell “Apple” without any P’s or E’s? Oh, it doesn’t matter – just take my money!”

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 7 years ago

      I lol’ed. +1

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