Samsung's new Series 7 Slate PC upgradable to Windows 8

We have seen a lot of tablet devices that use the Android operating system, whilst Apple's popular iPad uses its own iOS operating system. On Wednesday Samsung announced its new tablet PC, the Series 7 Slate. It's one of the few such products that's running Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. Once more, according to a story on Thisismynext.com, Samsung says it has "every intention on making the Series 7 Slate upgradeable to Windows 8." The company didn't go into any details on how this upgrade will work but did say it will partner with Microsoft for this effort. That makes the Series 7 Slate PC the first such Windows 7 product that will have at least some kind of Windows 8 upgrade program.

As far as the physical dimensions for the Series 7 Slate, it's a fairly large product compared to other tablets. It has an 11.6 inch screen, weighs just over 2 pounds and has Intel's Core i5 2467M processor running at 1.6 Ghz  with 4 GB of RAM. It also has front and rear cameras, WiFi and 3G wireless features, a USB port, a micro HDMI port and more. However the pricing of the Series 7 Slate is definitely closer to a PC than a tablet. Samsung said that the cheapest version will be priced at $1,099. That's due to the fact that it uses a 64 GB solid state hard drive for storage. Look for the Samsung Series 7 slate to be released in late September.

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One requirement for Windows 8 to support all of its new features is a higher screen resolution than most available SLATE sized Windows 7 tablets. Tablets such as the HP Slate launched earlier in the year unfortunately do not meet the resolution requirements, you'd probably be able to run it OK but some features won't be usable due to the low screen resolution.

This is what I'm talking about. A full Windows PC, that is about he size of an iPad or slightly bigger, with x86 hardware and 100% support for all my present application that I dont have to go out an buy again. Support for all my peripherals and more.

The iPad killers are coming people. Enterprises will certainly be buying up those Windows Tablets. The iPad, the XOOM, the G-Tab will all start to fade into the toy bends or furniture houses.

TechieXP said,
This is what I'm talking about. A full Windows PC, that is about he size of an iPad or slightly bigger, with x86 hardware and 100% support for all my present application that I dont have to go out an buy again. Support for all my peripherals and more.

The iPad killers are coming people. Enterprises will certainly be buying up those Windows Tablets. The iPad, the XOOM, the G-Tab will all start to fade into the toy bends or furniture houses.

Agreed 100%. This is quite an exciting bit of kit!

TechieXP said,
This is what I'm talking about. A full Windows PC, that is about he size of an iPad or slightly bigger, with x86 hardware and 100% support for all my present application that I dont have to go out an buy again. Support for all my peripherals and more.

The iPad killers are coming people. Enterprises will certainly be buying up those Windows Tablets. The iPad, the XOOM, the G-Tab will all start to fade into the toy bends or furniture houses.

Your bang on the button re: windows tablets, were currently trialling ipad 64gbs for corporate use and tbh once you have your vpn/mail setup, thats about all they can do for us, AD integration....nope! acessing and running notes databases.....nope! complete device management remotely.....nope!.......but throw vmview into the mix and you too can have windows 7 tablet on an ipad style & functionality!! trying our best to hold off until W8 tablets are in the arena, but try telling directors that

Gees the beauty of Win8 in regards to tablets will be ARM processors for true all day battery life. This is another pretty albeit it doomed win7 slate adventure.

JimmyJamesRoS said,
I would still take the Asus Eee Slate ep121 64gb over this. It has a better keyboard, case and a Wacom stylus that ship with it.

I like the EP121, but I would much prefer a 128gb SSD, and I'm pretty sure the Samsung comes with a stylus. Not sure what keyboard comes with the Samsung, but the one that came with the EP121 isn't amazing, but it works.

noleafclover said,
It's more like a tablet that can compete with a MacBook Air in terms of performance, and it's cheaper. I want one.

Yep, I want it. But I'd rather an ARM version. I think.

Oh jesus, they're attempting to make fully-fledged PCs, and thus pricing them accordingly.
Can't they make a stripped down version that still runs Windows speedily!?

cleverclogs said,
Oh jesus, they're attempting to make fully-fledged PCs, and thus pricing them accordingly.
Can't they make a stripped down version that still runs Windows speedily!?

What do you want them to strip down?

Zedox said,

What do you want them to strip down?


Lets take out the processor and replace it with a block of cheese.

Relativity_17 said,

Lets take out the processor and replace it with a block of cheese.

This is genius, cheese FTW, oh and bacon for overclocking!

cleverclogs said,
Oh jesus, they're attempting to make fully-fledged PCs, and thus pricing them accordingly.
Can't they make a stripped down version that still runs Windows speedily!?

It's only a couple hundred dollars more than the high end iPad...

For the difference between a larger, REAL computer, versus a toy? Yeah, that's easily worth $200 or so to me.

Zedox said,

Definitely bacon!

unsmoked bacon obviously, you dont want smoked.................that would just be plain dumb!

It's also stated that it will have around 6 hours of battery life. I'm thinking of buying it mostly for the pen tool to draw for my upcoming xna game and for future proofing the tablet for windows 8. Since it still runs on intel, I can still install all of my programs without waiting for companies to build an ARM version.

Microsoft has stated that any device that runs Windows 7 will run Windows 8 because the hardware requirements haven't changed. That being said, the touch components of Windows 8 will obviously require the right hardware, such as multitouch displays, and Microsoft may have may recommendations about the type of touch input (e.g., capacitive touch) that this device should have.

That price isn't too bad for what you're getting, assuming the keyboard and dock are included.

JJMustang said,
Microsoft has stated that any device that runs Windows 7 will run Windows 8 because the hardware requirements haven't changed. That being said, the touch components of Windows 8 will obviously require the right hardware, such as multitouch displays, and Microsoft may have may recommendations about the type of touch input (e.g., capacitive touch) that this device should have.

That price isn't too bad for what you're getting, assuming the keyboard and dock are included.

The dock and pen are included for the 1099 ver. the other version includes the keyboard dock pen and 128GB SSD.

Odom said,
How can a 64GB SSD make a difference of about 400$? An SSD like that costs a lot less

Must be one of them new high-end gold plated platinum coated re-enforced SSD's...

Odom said,
How can a 64GB SSD make a difference of about 400$? An SSD like that costs a lot less

that's not all. there is also the i5 processor, 4GB of ram and a bigger screen as well that's adding the cost.

First, thats pretty cool that Samsung cares about its high valued customers. Second, holy sh*t that is one expensive tablet!

holori said,
First, thats pretty cool that Samsung cares about its high valued customers. Second, holy sh*t that is one expensive tablet!

Well, it's a "productive" tablet, not simply another consumption device. :\

I paid about $1000 for my tablet device, and it's been totally worth it. And it's so much more powerful (and useful) than other tablets (i.e., Android/iPad/Touchpad)

Chsoriano said,

Well, it's a "productive" tablet, not simply another consumption device. :\

I paid about $1000 for my tablet device, and it's been totally worth it. And it's so much more powerful (and useful) than other tablets (i.e., Android/iPad/Touchpad)

Because its a full x86 computer inside a smallr form factor, it not like the iPad or Android tablets that use low end ARM based components. This tablet is using a full i% x86 processor and a full GPU. Not a smaller mobile less capable tablet. Its not expensive. It cost as much as a PC, because it is a PC.

holori said,
First, thats pretty cool that Samsung cares about its high valued customers. Second, holy sh*t that is one expensive tablet!

Because its a full x86 computer inside a smallr form factor, it not like the iPad or Android tablets that use low end ARM based components. This tablet is using a full i% x86 processor and a full GPU. Not a smaller mobile less capable tablet. Its not expensive. It cost as much as a PC, because it is a PC.

Chsoriano said,

Well, it's a "productive" tablet, not simply another consumption device. :\

I paid about $1000 for my tablet device, and it's been totally worth it. And it's so much more powerful (and useful) than other tablets (i.e., Android/iPad/Touchpad)

Reply to wrong person...was trying to reply to the guy who you replied too :0

Please make the USB port 3.0, that way I can boot from an external drive and run Windows 7 or 8 or whatever comes next. I have a 1TB exteranal drive that has 4 partitions and I have a boot menu so I can choose to run XP, 7, Linux and Windows 2008 Server. So having a tablet where I can boot this drive via USB or eSATA like I do now is a huge plus. The Windows tablets are going to sell like hotcakes.

holori said,
First, thats pretty cool that Samsung cares about its high valued customers. Second, holy sh*t that is one expensive tablet!

Actually, the fully loaded iPad will run you almost $900 and it doesn't have a fraction of this horsepower/screen size/storage, etc.

Remember that the iPad is just an iPod Touch with a bigger screen and lots of batteries filling up the empty space.

This kind of tablet is EXACTLY what I'm looking for to replace my iPad & my laptop. It can run real applications as well as kiddie flash-grade games.

Yeehaw!

I guess this is asking the obvious, but why exactly WOULDN'T something that runs Windows 7 be upgradeable to Windows 8? I highly doubt that the system requirements of Windows 8 are going to be THAT much higher than Windows 7 (especially given the fairly high specs of this slate).

roadwarrior said,
I guess this is asking the obvious, but why exactly WOULDN'T something that runs Windows 7 be upgradeable to Windows 8? I highly doubt that the system requirements of Windows 8 are going to be THAT much higher than Windows 7 (especially given the fairly high specs of this slate).

Maybe they mean it's a free upgrade or discounted. It says they are partnering with Microsoft on it.

Samsung still maintains that it has “every intention on making the Series 7 Slate upgradeable to Windows 8.” It doesn't have any details yet on that upgrade path, but plans to partner with Microsoft on it.

roadwarrior said,
I guess this is asking the obvious, but why exactly WOULDN'T something that runs Windows 7 be upgradeable to Windows 8? I highly doubt that the system requirements of Windows 8 are going to be THAT much higher than Windows 7 (especially given the fairly high specs of this slate).

Actually it's already been stated that Windows 8 is going to have Windows 7 requirements OR LESS.

roadwarrior said,
I guess this is asking the obvious, but why exactly WOULDN'T something that runs Windows 7 be upgradeable to Windows 8? I highly doubt that the system requirements of Windows 8 are going to be THAT much higher than Windows 7 (especially given the fairly high specs of this slate).

Actually, it's more complicated than that. Do you remember when they said that Microsoft would be using strict hardware requirements like with Windows Phone? I think this tablet meets those requirements.

Meph said,

Actually, it's more complicated than that. Do you remember when they said that Microsoft would be using strict hardware requirements like with Windows Phone? I think this tablet meets those requirements.

+1, Particularly the screen...

M_Lyons10 said,

+1, Particularly the screen...

yeah, about swipe detection from edges in order to activate "back" command and menu.