Samsung unveils Windows 8 convertible tablet

Samsung has formally announced the latest addition to its tablet line-up, the Series 5 Hybrid, writes Sasha Muller in Seoul.

This 11.6in tablet is the first Windows 8 model to be announced by the company.

The magnetic docking keyboard allows the Series 5 Hybrid to act as a traditional clamshell laptop, or to be used as a standalone slate. There is no additional battery in the keyboard unit, but Samsung claims up to 10 hours of battery life from the tablet.

Our contacts suggested that there would be two versions of the tablet, one with Intel’s new 32nm Atom processor, dubbed Clover Trail, and another with a higher performing Core iX processor.

Samsung has also transferred the S-Pen and S-Memo technology from its popular Galaxy Note smartphone, and the Series 5 Hybrid’s 11.6in panel utilises active digitiser technology.

At an exclusive hands-on at Samsung’s HQ in Korea, PC Pro had a hands-on look at dummy models of Samsung’s first Windows 8 tablet.

Both models we saw were finished in a light brushed metal, and looked very similar to Samsung’s existing Windows 7 tablet, the Series 7 Slate.

The only notable physical difference between the two models was weight, with Samsung claiming 750 grams for the model utilising Intel’s 32nm Clover Trail Atom processor and 870 grams for the Intel Core version. There was no confirmation of storage capacity, RAM or exact processor type.

The dummy units were very much an early work in progress, and the Samsung representatives explained that the magnetic lock attaching to the tablet to the keyboard unit would be much stronger on the final production units.

We noted that both models came equipped with Micro SD, USIM, Micro HDMI, USB 3 and a 3.5mm headphone output, and the 2 megapixel front-facing camera is partnered by an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash. However, Samsung’s representative stressed that the final specifications would be subject to change at any time.

The Series 7 All-in-One PC

Samsung also announced the release of its Series 7 All-in-One PC, a slim, metal-framed desktop PC which will also be shipping with Windows 8.

Details were scarce at the time of writing, but Samsung confirmed that the touchscreen will support 10-finger multitouch, voice recognition and utilise a development of the hand gesture controls used in its high-end HDTVs.

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