Samsung shows upcoming Windows 8 all-in-one PC

Samsung was an early hardware partner with Microsoft when it comes to Windows 8; indeed, the first Windows 8-based device that was released was a Samsung slate that ran the Windows 8 Developer Preview version. At Computex this week, Engadget reports that Samsung is showing off a cool looking Series 7 all-in-one PC designed to run Windows 8.

Samsung isn't saying much about this product at the moment; the article doesn't even have a screen size or display resolution for the PC. Samsung did say that not only does this PC have touch screen support for up to 10 fingers, it also responds to voice commands as well, similar to Microsoft's Kinect.

There's no word at all on what the processor might be like inside this Series 7 PC. Indeed, there's also no word on the memory, storage or anything else in terms of hardware specs. It seems like this kind of information is still on the fluid side. However, we do like the design and the fact that this PC supports both voice and touch screen commands are interesting. Hopefully, this all-in-one PC will go on sale on or around the time Windows 8 itself is launched in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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I honestly can't believe how messy the start screen looks when filled with pinned apps. It looks like some Japanese commercial billboard.

.Neo said,
I honestly can't believe how messy the start screen looks when filled with pinned apps. It looks like some Japanese commercial billboard.

It looks exactly how the lazy user will want it to look. Kind of like all those icons on an IPHONE. I am hoping they come up with a better way to group things, but in the mean time we are stuck with it.

It is certainly ironic that the same Microsoft that touts to stay away from a "sea of icons" on the IPhone and Android now has a "sea of Live Tiles" on the Metro screen. At least they are alive and do contain useable, glanceable information instead of static useless icons.

I have seen both Mac and Windows desktops look a hell of a lot worse with 10,000 useless icons, documents, shortcuts, aliases, folders etc. Maybe MS will have an Idiot button on the swipe screen that will show a little cartoon on how to right click on something to remove it. That would be cool.

jimmyfal said,

It looks exactly how the lazy user will want it to look. Kind of like all those icons on an IPHONE. I am hoping they come up with a better way to group things, but in the mean time we are stuck with it.

It is certainly ironic that the same Microsoft that touts to stay away from a "sea of icons" on the IPhone and Android now has a "sea of Live Tiles" on the Metro screen. At least they are alive and do contain useable, glanceable information instead of static useless icons.

I have seen both Mac and Windows desktops look a hell of a lot worse with 10,000 useless icons, documents, shortcuts, aliases, folders etc. Maybe MS will have an Idiot button on the swipe screen that will show a little cartoon on how to right click on something to remove it. That would be cool.

There is a better way to group them already. You can create different groupings, breaks, and arrangements. Leaving a Windows 8 screen like this would drive me nuts as well.

I'm glad you immediately assume this is the only option and jump on a Microsoft is stupid rant though. Next time make sure you know what you are talking about if ya don't want to look petty and foolish.

(Seriously, if you don't know better or have a moment to do a search on something you are going to troll about, just walk away next time.)

All the "fraidy cats" can click exactly ONE BUTTON to get back to the desktop. These AIO's if they have 2500 resolutions and are under $1000 will rule the pc world.

I may have a panic attack trying to find an app on a screen that large. Metro is only okay on a small screen (i.e. WP7). I'm def going for one of the new tablet/notebook hybrids (nablet?)

seebaran said,
I may have a panic attack trying to find an app on a screen that large. Metro is only okay on a small screen (i.e. WP7). I'm def going for one of the new tablet/notebook hybrids (nablet?)
I'm sure we'll see much of that dealt with on RTM. I agree with you though, if left like this on high res, it's a bit of an overload.

seebaran said,
I may have a panic attack trying to find an app on a screen that large. Metro is only okay on a small screen (i.e. WP7). I'm def going for one of the new tablet/notebook hybrids (nablet?)

That's why you can create groups within the start screen, to organize all that tiles.

seebaran said,
I may have a panic attack trying to find an app on a screen that large. Metro is only okay on a small screen (i.e. WP7). I'm def going for one of the new tablet/notebook hybrids (nablet?)

You do realize you can scale the Tiles and UI elements, right?

Then you can have the crisp resolution for artwork and not have tiny tiles and items on the screen.

You can also just flip the screen resolution down as you need, it will make things bigger as well.


my HP touchsmart 600 starting to look more and more ancient with all these AIO's showcased lately =p but, they usually don't reveal the specs and that's where all the difference should be.

thealexweb said,
If that was my start screen i would just be overloaded with information

I was thinking about the same thing. I am not sure how I would set up the start screen. I guess I will have to pinned only the necessary titles to the start screen.

thealexweb said,
If that was my start screen i would just be overloaded with information

that is why there's a DPI settings along with separate metro interface enlargement option.

The Only thaht I have on my other PC with windows 7 is the recycling icon with everthing else pinned on the task bar. I am not sure if I would want to have 9 rows of titles i front of me especially on the 16.5 laptop screen although I have growned to accept windows 8 with 3 rows of title. I guess I will have to wait to see.

The Black Mamba said,
The Only thaht I have on my other PC with windows 7 is the recycling icon with everthing else pinned on the task bar. I am not sure if I would want to have 9 rows of titles i front of me especially on the 16.5 laptop screen although I have growned to accept windows 8 with 3 rows of title. I guess I will have to wait to see.

You do know that they are tiles not titles right? I would think, the bigger the screen, the more tiles that fit. If you have a 21" screen you'll have less tiles than a 27". Same thing goes for the 10.1" tablets vs 15"-17" notebooks. I would assume it's either up to the user or the resolution you use.

dogmai79 said,

You do know that they are tiles not titles right? I would think, the bigger the screen, the more tiles that fit. If you have a 21" screen you'll have less tiles than a 27". Same thing goes for the 10.1" tablets vs 15"-17" notebooks. I would assume it's either up to the user or the resolution you use.

good catch. I did not even notice. but like I said on my second comment, I would have to use it and hoefully get used to it. I currently have like 4 rows of tiles on my 16.5 inches laptop.

dogmai79 said,
I would think, the bigger the screen, the more tiles that fit

Then you'd be wrong. Screen size has nothing to do with it. It's pixel density.
dogmai79 said,
I would assume it's either up to the user or the resolution you use.

Resolution.
The New iPad could show just as many tiles and it isn't that many inches.

All right, as much as I like metro, I really don't like to have that many animated squares in front of me while I am doing real work. I have made Windows PR my primary PC, although I am still struggling with multi task managment, but too many squares is really too many.

The Only thaht I have on my other PC with windows 7 is the recycling icon with everthing else pinned on the task bar. I am not sure if I would want that although I have growned to accept windows 8 with 3 rows of title. I guess I will have to wait to see.

The Black Mamba said,
All right, as much as I like metro, I really don't like to have that many animated squares in front of me while I am doing real work. I have made Windows PR my primary PC, although I am still struggling with multi task managment, but too many squares is really too many.

The Only thaht I have on my other PC with windows 7 is the recycling icon with everthing else pinned on the task bar. I am not sure if I would want that although I have growned to accept windows 8 with 3 rows of title. I guess I will have to wait to see.

Why? do you just stare at the start screen all the time?, just go back to the desktop...

oliver182 said,

Why? do you just stare at the start screen all the time?, just go back to the desktop...

I am not sure about you, being able to switch between task easily by hovering your mouse cursor on the icons on the taskbar seems far easier then especially if you have lots of application running. With title it is a bit different. I guess I would have to get used to it before I start complaining.

The Black Mamba said,

I am not sure about you, being able to switch between task easily by hovering your mouse cursor on the icons on the taskbar seems far easier then especially if you have lots of application running. With title it is a bit different. I guess I would have to get used to it before I start complaining.

Well when you have several metro apps running you can bring a taskbar-like toast from the left, there you can select the app you like by selecting the preview

Ben Dyson said,
I'm really liking all these new all-in ones and tablets that are being shown.

I've always liked all in ones. I'm glad to see them becoming a bit popular again.

Jose_49 said,
How the hell can they display 9 row titles on the screen?!

BTW, what a very goooood loooking PC

It looks fantastic. The resolution is probably 2560x1440 (can anyone with a 27" iMac and Win8 confirm that?).

Drossel said,

It looks fantastic. The resolution is probably 2560x1440 (can anyone with a 27" iMac and Win8 confirm that?).

If that's the case, I'll bet some Metro apps are going to be showing a lot of white space... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

If that's the case, I'll bet some Metro apps are going to be showing a lot of white space... lol


there is option to 'make everything bigger' to solve this, but tiles row count will reduce as well.

x.iso said,

there is option to 'make everything bigger' to solve this, but tiles row count will reduce as well.

Kinda defies the the point of buying a bigger screen with more workspace…

x.iso said,

there is option to 'make everything bigger' to solve this, but tiles row count will reduce as well.

Kinda defies the the point of buying a bigger screen with more workspace…

.Neo said,

Kinda defies the the point of buying a bigger screen with more workspace…

Uhm, yeah and what does the Retina display on The New iPad do that makes use of its pixel density...... ?

Drossel said,

It looks fantastic. The resolution is probably 2560x1440 (can anyone with a 27" iMac and Win8 confirm that?).

Um, what does a 27" iMac have to do with this?

You realize there are a lot of PC with 2560 and even 4096 resolution monitors, right? PC also can do higher color range monitors too, because they are not limited to 24bit color like OS X is.

As for the answer, with scaling, there is no way to truly know. (You can scale to get this number of tiles on a low resolution display.)

With that aside, if I was going to throw out a guess, I would say it looks 16:9 and so it is probably 2560x1440 as this is a common resolution in the lower cost range.

.Neo said,

Kinda defies the the point of buying a bigger screen with more workspace…

Not if you care about clarity and ppi. As someone that has worked with graphics over the years, I have often had uber high resolution screens and at times scaled up the UI elements.

This kept the artwork, like in Illustrator or Photoshop at a 300ppi/dpi+ while not making the interface too tiny to use.