Samsung's Slate PCs run Windows 8

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Samsung announced its new Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs at IFA 2012 today in Berlin. 



The new lineup of Windows 8 hybrid devices are designed to transform from a traditional clamshell PC to a slate device with just the click of a button.  



The slate PCs feature a ten-point touchscreen, along with a Samsung S Pen embedded in a slot on the device.



"With 1,024 levels of sensitivity, the S Pen is designed for natural and intuitive content creation, and offers features including handwriting to text conversion and varying thickness when drawing or writing, depending on the pressure applied," explained Samsung exec Todd Bouman.



"Slate PC users can also take advantage of preloaded Samsung services such as MediaHub, which make it even easier to access entertainment and apps on the device."



According to Bouman, the Windows 8 hybrid slates weigh less than two pounds and is easy to carry around.  



"[Plus], the keyboard dock attaches with a mechanical hinge so that users can pick up the device with one hand without fear of the pieces separating," he said.

"The keyboard and display were designed as one device and the components fit seamlessly when connected." 



Both the Series 5 and Series 7 Slates are equipped with an 11.6-inch display. The Series 7 display is 1920x1080 resolution, while the Series 5 has a 1366 x 768 resolution (300 nits).



The Samsung Series 7 Slate is targeted at power users, as it features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Meanwhile, the Series 5 Slate is being positioned as more of a mainstream device, as it is powered by an Intel two-watt processor, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD.



In other mobile news, Samsung has also debuted a touchscreen Series 5 ULTRA laptop loaded with some pretty sweet specs, including a third-gen Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500 GB hard drive with 24 GB of ExpressCache.