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Samsung Series 5

By Sasha Muller in Seoul

Posted on 5 Jun 2012 at 02:00

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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User comments

Sorry Samsung...

...But my money will probably go to Asus this time.

You messed up with the Sammsung series 9 (wi-fi issues) and are still not even trying to fix the 7 slate (screen is actually m oving away from the main body.. serious design flaw).

Both premium devices, both not addressed, especially the tablet, so I'm personally not going to take you seriously when you can't even get a +1k device correct.

P.s. I wouldn't expect the lock on the above machine to get stronger but when/if you do review the machine PLEASE use it for more than the review... take out for trips and be honest.

By rhythm on 5 Jun 2012

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