Using the IFA stage in Berlin as an ideal platform to announce a slew of new products, Samsung has just took the wraps off the Series 5 and Series 7 tablets, two Microsoft Windows 8-powered slates that can convert from a tablet to a notebook thanks to a detachable keyboard.
Unlike some of the competitor convertibles currently available, the Samsung Series 5 and 7 tablets use mechanical hinges, rather than magnetic ones, to connect to the keyboard dock to ensure that the tablets stay securely in place. The convertible slates will run full touch-capable Windows 8, bringing users a 10-point touch experience. Yet, for those who’ve become accustomed to the handy stylus bundled with Sammy’s Galaxy Note, the tablets will also come with a Samsung S Pen for 1,024 levels of sensitivity.
With the Series 7 and Series 5 tablets weighing in at 1.89 pounds and 1.65 pounds, respectively, both devices are set to sport 11.6-inch displays, though the Series 5 will have a 1336 x 768 pixel screen resolution, while the Series 7 will offer a 1920 x 1080 resolution display. Besides differences in resolutions, Samsung’s latest tablets will vary in thickness, with the Series 7 being 0.5-inch thick and the Series 5 being 0.38-inch. The Series 5 slate also has 2GB of memory with a 64GB hard drive, while the 7 has 4GB of memory with a 128 GB hard drive.
Packing an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, the Series 5 tablet is designed more for the everyday user and will sell for $750 with the keyboard dock or $650 without. With just one price listed, the Series 7 slate will cost $1,200 and will be targeted more at the power user, housing an Intel Core i5-3317U processor.
While Samsung neglected to mention a release date for either of these slates, both will ship with apps from the company, such as the Samsung MediaHub, as well as other features.
Check back with TabletPCReview soon to see when Samsung’s latest tablets will hit shelves!