Samsung shows off Windows 8 hybrid laptop-tablet

We have already seen Asus show off an upcoming Windows 8 tablet with a detachable keyboard this week at Computex. Now it's Samsung's turn. Engadget reports that it is letting Computex attendees look at a Series 5 tablet with its own detachable keyboard, but one that connects to the tablet magnetically.

This will be running on an Intel x86 processor with 10 hours of planned battery life. The processor inside is a two-watt Intel Clover Trail model, although Samsung said it could also use an ultra low voltage chip. It also has two and eight-megapixel cameras and a number of ports, such as a USIM slot, a microSD reader and a Superspeed USB port.

The screen size is 11 inches and Samsung is also considering a 1080p display option. The touch screen will also come with Samsung's S-Pen and S-Memo software that it uses on its Galaxy Note smartphone. The Series 5 tablet is 1.65 pounds and is 0.35 inches thick.

That's basically all we know about this product and, as is the case with early production models details could, and most likely will, change before the final production model is launched. However, it looks like Samsung is serious about making a Transformer-like tablet.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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n_K said,
'This will be running on an Intel x86 processor'
Welcome to 1995.

Aah.... about time someone came up with something like this... epic...

excalpius said,

Oh no, not another bashing Windows 8's Fisher-Price design paradigm thread...

8P


32 bit CPUs can only store the date up to 2038, which is getting closer and closer, and with things being made to have longer lifes, you'd think they'd use x86-64 in this.

n_K said,

32 bit CPUs can only store the date up to 2038, which is getting closer and closer, and with things being made to have longer lifes, you'd think they'd use x86-64 in this.

it's not impossible that in 6 years all these announced devices will be obsolete.

n_K said,

32 bit CPUs can only store the date up to 2038, which is getting closer and closer, and with things being made to have longer lifes, you'd think they'd use x86-64 in this.

it's not impossible that in 6 years all these announced devices will be obsolete.

Intel has been promising for years that this gen will be uber-low power and they've disappointed every time, should have made it Arm and gone for Windows RT, would have been much cheaper to make too.

Josh the Nerd said,
They could use the same design to make an ARM model and sell both options.

Good point, no one wants to do that it seems for whatever reason -.^

Nice! My choices for tablets for myself and the wife will be either Samsung (we love our WP7 Focus) or HP. Now just need to see what HP is going to offer. This is looking promising though. Love the keyboard dock on these!

These are the type of devices I'm interested in, a good hybrid that lets me have both, one when I want to do a bit of work and use the kb and then lets me switch to a tablet mode when I just want to do some media consumption. Let's see how specs and prices break down, though I'm sure these hybrids/convertibles will have a higher price than normal laptops/notebooks and of course pure tablets but I'm willing to pay a bit more for the added 2-1 option.

GP007 said,
These are the type of devices I'm interested in, a good hybrid that lets me have both, one when I want to do a bit of work and use the kb and then lets me switch to a tablet mode when I just want to do some media consumption. Let's see how specs and prices break down, though I'm sure these hybrids/convertibles will have a higher price than normal laptops/notebooks and of course pure tablets but I'm willing to pay a bit more for the added 2-1 option.

All i want now is dual boot Android

Glad to see that Samsung is working with the "Transformer"-type of tablets.

FISKER_Q said,

All i want now is dual boot Android

Glad to see that Samsung is working with the "Transformer"-type of tablets.


Asus has announced a couple dual Windows 8 + Android devices.

FISKER_Q said,

All i want now is dual boot Android

Glad to see that Samsung is working with the "Transformer"-type of tablets.

Just me but I don't see the need to dual boot my tablet, maybe if this was Win7 where it doesn't work on touch that well then I'd maybe agree.

GP007 said,

Just me but I don't see the need to dual boot my tablet, maybe if this was Win7 where it doesn't work on touch that well then I'd maybe agree.

It's not just you

GP007 said,

Just me but I don't see the need to dual boot my tablet, maybe if this was Win7 where it doesn't work on touch that well then I'd maybe agree.

I use an Acer touch screen with a windows 7 computer and it works just fine. Some widgets are a bit too small to click without being extra careful, and it's not designed from the ground up for touch like Windows 8, but it does work in a pinch just fine.