Samsung Unveils Windows-Powered Series 7 Slate

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Samsung Series 7 SlateIf iOS isn’t your thing and the recent influx of Android tablets doesn’t interest you, Samsung is looking to pique your interest. The company revealed its Series 7 Slate today, a compact tablet PC capable of running full, 64-bit versions of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional.

Sporting an 11.6-inch capacitive, multi-touchscreen, the Series 7 Slate allows users to take notes and navigate with either their fingers or an electromagnetic stylus. It’s powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and storage options include either a 64GB or 128GB SSD, surely a contributing factor to the Slate’s 2.06 pound weight.

Other features include 4GB DDR3 RAM, an integrated microphone, front- and rear-facing cameras (with resolutions of 2 MP and 3 MP, respectively), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a full-sized USB port.

Samsung Series 7 Slate with dock and keyboardSeeing as the Series 7 Slate comes with a full version of Microsoft Office 2010, users may want to take advantage of the optional docking station, Bluetooth keyboard, and mouse to easily create a desktop experience. The dock, which charges the Slate, also allows users to hook the tablet up to a larger, secondary display.

Samsung estimates that the included battery should provide users with up to 7 hours of usage, aided by exclusive features such as the FastStart technology, which enables the slate to transition from a “hybrid sleep mode to full functionality” in just a couple of seconds. Also, the battery’s longevity is supposedly extended by Samsung’s Power Plus technology, which allows it to retain 80 percent of the original battery capacity for up to 1,500 charges.

The Series 7 Slate will be available starting on October 2 of this year and will range from $1,099 to $1,349, depending on the OS or storage options.

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