Samsung isn’t just about flooding the Android tablet market. They are also covering their bases in the Windows 7 world with their Series 7computer.
(photo credit: Laptop Magazine)
Here are the specs:
- 11.6″ display, 1366 x 768 resolution, 400-nit brightness, with Wacom digitizer and touch capability
- Intel Core i5 processor
- 4 GB RAM
- 64 GB or 128 GB SSD storage
- 2 MP front cam, 3 MP rear cam
- SIM slot
- micro-SD slot
- micro-HDMI port
- full-sized USB port
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- less than 2 lbs
- rated for 6 hours of battery life
- fast start feature to boot in less than 30 seconds
While this Tablet PC ships with Windows 7, Samsung has said that the Series 7 will be upgradeable to Windows 8, but details are light on that right now. There are basically two available configurations: 64GB SSD version for $1099, and 128GB SSD version for $1349 that will include a multimedia dock stand (with Ethernet, HDMI, and USB ports), and a Bluetooth keyboard.
With the Wacom-enabled digitizer, pen support is as expected for a Tablet PC, very smooth, responsive, and pressure-sensitive. In the demo video from Laptop magazine, the OCR for handwriting looks like it works well, though of course it depends on how legible your handwriting is. As Tablet PC users know, Windows is more friendly to mouse and pen input, but not as touch-friendly as one would like. Samsung tries to alleviate this by offering a launcher UI with large icons, widgets, and shortcuts, but it seems that’s as far as the “skinning” goes. So don’t lose the pen!
As a former Tablet PC user, this slate is quite interesting to me. However, the pricing is rather high — due to the high-end hardware and premium build quality, yes — and I’m not sure if the Tablet PC part grabs me enough to justify a purchase. However, I am definitely glad that Samsung is offering this tablet, and I’m sure business professionals who would like a sleek tablet that runs Windows will appreciate this as an option. It should be out soon, sometime in October. In the meantime, check out hands-on videos from Laptop Magazine and This is My Next.