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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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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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