Preview: The first Windows 8 tablet by Samsung

Windows 8 appears to be shaping up, and what better way to demonstrate the power of Windows 8 tablet UI focal point, then to bring out a tablet.

Microsoft and Samsung have teamed up with engineers and designers to create the world’s first Windows 8 tablet. Neowin has a preview of the first tablet to run Windows 8.

Hardware:

The Samsung 700T tablet comes with a Intel i5 1.60Ghz dual-core processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 64GB SSD, WiFi and 3G capabilities. The tablet uses a Samsung super PLS 1366x768 resolution inside of a 11.6” diagonal screen, weighing in at 909g and is only 12.9mm thick. The tablet includes a Bluetooth keyboard, a pen/stylus, a docking station that contains a USB port, HDMI and Ethernet connection. The Windows 8 tablet includes a number of sensors for detecting movement and orientation.

The Samsung 700T includes stereo speakers along the bottom of the device, along with the docking port. The left-hand side of the tablet comes equipped with a charging port, if you aren’t connecting it to the docking station, a microHDMI port, up and down volume toggles, headphone jack and a microUSB port.

The opposite side includes a SIM card slot, orientation lock and power button. The topside of the tablet comes with two pinhole microphones and a MicroSD card slot.

The polished backside has a number of vents across the top, sides and middle, which appear to just be for air circulation. The rear of the device includes a camera, which is optional, according to the instruction manual, which could mean Samsung plans on releasing a high and low end model of this device.

The front of the tablet includes has a front facing camera, windows home button and light sensors.

Performance:

The Windows 8 Samsung 700T tablet is very responsive and fast enough to run Windows 8, in its current state. The Samsung 700T is more than enough for a tablet to perform well, but because of the early build of the operating system that it is running, the hardware is at times, unstable.

The hardware is more than powerful enough to run the tablet Metro interface and Windows 8 all at the same time.

Peripherals:

The Samsung tablet comes with some additional, and very useful, peripherals. Including in the package is a power brick, a lightweight standard QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard, a digitizer pen for drawing, writing and general browsing on the tablet, and a dock. The docking station is a nice addition, as it keeps the tablet in an upright position, great for watching videos or just browsing, which has a USB, Ethernet, HDMI and headphone jack on the rear. The dock acts seamlessly with Windows 8, making it seem like the tablet comes with a full USB port. The HDMI port out is a great way to show off HD videos on your HDTV to your friends.

Conclusion:

Because the tablet is really only a preview device, but will eventually go on sale to the public when Windows 8 is finalized, the device is basically a sample of great things to come. The hardware on the device is great, but no price has been announced yet, nor if Samsung will offer a lower end model with stripped down features.

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It's remarkable that they've succeeded to throw Windows 8 in that hardware in such a small form factor. If the CPU doesn't heat up too much and the battery life is more than 4-5 hours, this could seriously stirr up the tablet market. With full on Windows on a tablet, all current mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, WebOS, etc.) will look as cheap toys with very limited functionality. And with future colder and faster CPUs and graphic controllers the hardware could shrink even more, taking over the tablet market.

I'm really looking forward to these products hitting the stores!

2 Pounds and half an inch thick??? If they could make it the size of a 1st generation iPad that might be on to something. Going from an iPad 2 to that giant thing would be uncomfortable to say the least. The OS looks fantastic but they will need to improve that form factor before I'd consider buying it. Windows 8 could be serious competition to iOS if they can get some decent hardware to support it.

Ashpian said,
2 Pounds and half an inch thick??? If they could make it the size of a 1st generation iPad that might be on to something. Going from an iPad 2 to that giant thing would be uncomfortable to say the least. The OS looks fantastic but they will need to improve that form factor before I'd consider buying it. Windows 8 could be serious competition to iOS if they can get some decent hardware to support it.

Seriously? You're comparing iOS with Windows 8? This is not Windows Phone 8, this is the full OS with all bells and whisles on x86 hardware...

Ashpian said,
2 Pounds and half an inch thick??? If they could make it the size of a 1st generation iPad that might be on to something. Going from an iPad 2 to that giant thing would be uncomfortable to say the least. The OS looks fantastic but they will need to improve that form factor before I'd consider buying it. Windows 8 could be serious competition to iOS if they can get some decent hardware to support it.

OH NO, its .5" !!!!! Thats so huge, do you hear what you are saying, and how dumb it sounds. If its only that thick then thats really good.

Now there is a good thing to see about.....remember how this that and the other person always put another OS on a slate or PC ? Well hows this one then.....get an ipad (1 or 2 it doesn't really matter) and install this preview version of Windows 8 and see how well it runs or doesn't as the case may be.

Caveman-ugh said,
Now there is a good thing to see about.....remember how this that and the other person always put another OS on a slate or PC ? Well hows this one then.....get an ipad (1 or 2 it doesn't really matter) and install this preview version of Windows 8 and see how well it runs or doesn't as the case may be.
I don't think the iPad has a high enough screen resolution for this.

If this isnt ARM im not sure why you would buy it because it wont give you a full day of battery life. I dont see the point of tablets where you cannot get a day of useage from. That is the beauty of Windows finally supporting ARM.

Wasn't this already announced a couple weeks ago and set for release on October 2 of this year (Samsung Series 7 Slate)?

Now this is a tablet I would buy, not underpowered like the ARM POS found on crappad and Android tablets. At least I can get some real works done on this.

BK201 said,
Now this is a tablet I would buy, not underpowered like the ARM POS found on crappad and Android tablets. At least I can get some real works done on this.
Is a tablet really a suitable work environment? I feel like it's akin to trying to write an essay on a phone.

Now we finally have a competent tablet, as opposed to the big iPhone that cannot make calls or the slow robot that freezes and needs to be rooted.

Finally a proper tablet with a proper OS, perhaps a replacement for a my netbook. but we shall see what other goodies are brought out before the OS is released.

Good job MS

Stup0t said,
Finally a proper tablet with a proper OS, perhaps a replacement for a my netbook. but we shall see what other goodies are brought out before the OS is released.

Good job MS


I agree, Before now I didn't believe any current tablet offerings were enough to replace my netbook. However, with the Windows 8 tablets soon stepping into the ring, that time may be coming.

I wonder what the battery life is like... I love my iPad because I get 8-10 hours of battery life out of it. It is great when I am on the road visiting clients.

random_ said,

Probably uses the gpu on i5 cpu, intel 3000 or is it 2000, not sure

If I remember correctly, it's 3000. Point taken though. It'd be nice if it had a better gpu such as a Tegra 2.

Dear Santa.

But on a more serious note, this is a lot better than my 5 year old PC which can run Windows 7 like a dream. This is how computing should be like. Portable when it's needed and stationary when you don't. Microsoft are doing the best thing they possibly could with Windows 8, in my opinion.

ShamilN said,
Wait there, isn't this a Samsung 700T?

Judging by the actual words in the preview I would say yes, you are right sherlock.

Intel!? Meh. They may be great for the desktop market, but they fail when it comes to tablets. Too hot and too power hungry.

Where's the ARM version?

Intel!? Meh. They may be great for the desktop market, but they fail when it comes to tablets. Too hot and too power hungry.

Where's the ARM version?

FloatingFatMan said,
Intel!? Meh. They may be great for the desktop market, but they fail when it comes to tablets. Too hot and too power hungry.

Where's the ARM version?

well ARM still doesn't have software not applications. its better a x86/x64 processor so you will be able to run office and normal stuff you run now. and not just working for 3 things because there still isn't software for ARM. specially if its for developers, since visual studio i dont think has an ARM version or will have it.

FloatingFatMan said,
Intel!? Meh. They may be great for the desktop market, but they fail when it comes to tablets. Too hot and too power hungry.

Where's the ARM version?

ARM is owned by intel...

.Neo said,
If anything that's a laptop competitor rather than a tablet (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc.) one.

Just curious, but how so? Just because it comes with an optional bluetooth keyboard doesn't make it a laptop.

.Neo said,
If anything that's a laptop competitor rather than a tablet (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc.) one.

Tablets have been around much longer than the iPad, Galaxy Tab...etc.

They have more to do with form factor than OS.

DukeEsquire said,

Tablets have been around much longer than the iPad, Galaxy Tab...etc.


Depends on what you define by a "tablet". The iPad was basically the first of its kind. Yes, before that you had laptops with a reversible touch screen running Windows XP Tablet Edition, PDAs, etc.. Not sure I see the relevance of what you're saying here.

DukeEsquire said,
They have more to do with form factor than OS.

Who's talking about the OS? This thing looks about twice as thick as the iPad, it features laptop-grade hardware and is probably priced as such. Hence the reason why I'm saying this thing will probably compete with regular laptops rather than iPad-like tablets (or whatever you want to call those, I'm not going to have a debate about the term "tablet").

Max Norris said,

Just curious, but how so? Just because it comes with an optional bluetooth keyboard doesn't make it a laptop.

Size (thickness), hardware, pricing most likely too. FYI, you can link a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad too, why are you bringing that up?

.Neo said,
Size (thickness), hardware, pricing most likely too. FYI, you can link a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad too, why are you bringing that up?

You tell me, just wondering why you're bring up laptops when it's clearly not. Just because it can rival a laptop in performance and capability doesn't make it a laptop, just like it's not fair to call an iPad a giant iPhone.

.Neo said,

Depends on what you define by a "tablet". The iPad was basically the first of its kind. Yes, before that you had laptops with a reversible touch screen running Windows XP Tablet Edition, PDAs, etc.. Not sure I see the relevance of what you're saying here.


Who's talking about the OS? This thing looks about twice as thick as the iPad, it features laptop-grade hardware and is probably priced as such. Hence the reason why I'm saying this thing will probably compete with regular laptops rather than iPad-like tablets (or whatever you want to call those, I'm not going to have a debate about the term "tablet").


Size (thickness), hardware, pricing most likely too. FYI, you can link a bluetooth keyboard to an iPad too, why are you bringing that up?


There have been slates (i.e. iPad) and tablets long before iPad shipped.

Max Norris said,

Just curious, but how so? Just because it comes with an optional bluetooth keyboard doesn't make it a laptop.

Because it has the power to rival if not beat a lot of laptops and it's spec is way higher than most tablets?

Max Norris said,

You tell me, just wondering why you're bring up laptops when it's clearly not. Just because it can rival a laptop in performance and capability doesn't make it a laptop, just like it's not fair to call an iPad a giant iPhone.

Did you read my initial post properly, because I don't think you did. Or you simply don't understand what I'm saying. I explained why I brought up the laptop thing: It has laptop-grade hardware, it looks like it probably weighs as much as an ultra portable and will probably cost the same. Nowhere did I say it's a laptop, I said it's a "laptop competitor". Laptop ≠ laptop competitor. The iPad or Galaxy Tab look much more portable, lighter and are probably cheaper. Hence the reason why I think those types of tablets with remain in a league of their own.

dhan said,

There have been slates (i.e. iPad) and tablets long before iPad shipped.

Who cares? Doesn't change my point.

SuperKid said,
When can i pre-order on of these with Windows 8!?

Isn't it the one they're releasing soon with Win7 and offering a free upgrade to Win8 on release?

They are actually right to call it a PC..
as its a powerful machine and you just need to attach a mouse and keyboard to this thing and ................... it has double the memory of my Main PC.. and 2 more cores then my main PC

Zain Adeel said,
They are actually right to call it a PC..
as its a powerful machine and you just need to attach a mouse and keyboard to this thing and ................... it has double the memory of my Main PC.. and 2 more cores then my main PC
Yes, but can it run crysis?

neoxphuse said,
Crap, that is absolutely awesome. Please put a decent price tag on that, and it will be mine!

I think it's been quoted as just a few hundred dollars more than the highest end iPad, but of course it's storage and power are an order of magnitude ahead of the big iPad Touch Toy. 8P

You keep on calling it a "Tablet" but Microsoft is making sure the term never gets brought up. In fact they are calling it a "Windows 8 PC".

KeR said,
You keep on calling it a "Tablet" but Microsoft is making sure the term never gets brought up. In fact they are calling it a "Windows 8 PC".

No they didn't. Sinofsky said in the keynote (to paraphrase) "slate computers [..] which we call Windows Tablets".

That green background will look really nice if they add it to Windows Phone. (Instead of that black background)

Damian. said,
That green background will look really nice if they add it to Windows Phone. (Instead of that black background)

Reminds me of Win7 Solitaire!

Damian. said,
That green background will look really nice if they add it to Windows Phone. (Instead of that black background)

Not really IMO. The black background suits the OS very well.

Samsung not copying Apple? Seriously I would LOVE to see more of this. The tablet actually looks pretty good.

Rudy said,
Samsung not copying Apple? Seriously I would LOVE to see more of this. The tablet actually looks pretty good.

Yep finally they go with their own design - looks good

Rudy said,
Samsung not copying Apple? Seriously I would LOVE to see more of this. The tablet actually looks pretty good.

But it looks just like the iPad. I mean, it's rectangular and has a big screen, IMO Apple deserves to continue suing the **** out of them.

Kuraj said,

But it looks just like the iPad. I mean, it's rectangular and has a big screen, IMO Apple deserves to continue suing the **** out of them.
No it doesn't. Have you seen their previous tablet? It was an obvious rip off and that's not good. This is fresh and I like!!

We don't need companies to copy each other, we need them to innovate! In the end it's better for us

Kuraj said,

But it looks just like the iPad. I mean, it's rectangular and has a big screen, IMO Apple deserves to continue suing the **** out of them.
I hope you're being sarcastic.

Kuraj said,

But it looks just like the iPad. I mean, it's rectangular and has a big screen, IMO Apple deserves to continue suing the **** out of them.

And you look like a human, I should sue you for being 98% identical to me.

Kuraj said,

But it looks just like the iPad. I mean, it's rectangular and has a big screen, IMO Apple deserves to continue suing the **** out of them.

Probably one of the dumbest comments on Neowin...unless you're being sarcastic, which in that case it is an epic win.

Rudy said,
Samsung not copying Apple? Seriously I would LOVE to see more of this. The tablet actually looks pretty good.
It looks fantastic but Apple might not like the single "home button" on the front middle there, haven't they trademarked that? be interesting to see if Apple do anything or not.

The tablet itself does look beautiful, looks a little thick though? (not necessarily a bad thing, my Acer Iconia Tab is quite thick too but makes it easier to hold).