Samsung Series 7 Slate PC
Samsung announced that on October 2, 2011, they will be releasing the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC. What is it? It’s a fully functional Windows 7 PC that is roughly the size of a child’s coloring book, but will do just about everything a laptop will do, making it easy to carry and stylish. For the computer user on the go, this is the perfect blend of capability and convenience.
The Series 7 Slate PC has some features that will even make a laptop owner envious, like a 1.66GHz Intel Core i5 processor that should keep things moving speedily along. Combine that with the 4GB of RAM and solid state hard drives (64GB or 128GB depending on the model) and you’ve got a pretty swift computer, all in a silver case that is only half an inch thick and weighs two pounds. It doesn’t get much better than that.
The 400 nit capacitive screen is 11.6 inches and has a max resolution of 1366×768 (high enough to watch 720p videos). The color is vibrant and realistic for photos, presentations and movies with its 170 degree viewing area and 16.7 million colors. This should make it quite easy for those around you to gather to watch something in a business meeting or just friends in the quad watching the latest YouTube video of how you got drunk on tequila at last night’s frat party.
Interfacing with the PC is right at your fingertips literally with the multi-touch screen capability. For a keyboard, there is a virtual Swype keyboard or you can use the included stylus for everything from signing your name to taking notes on a presentation or perhaps even drawing in Photoshop. There is also custom software included that actually helps track the pen and the fingers more accurately to help with faster typing.
The rechargeable battery has a max of 7 hours, according to independent testers, but that time will depend on the age of the battery and the usage on the computer. But the high time should be able to keep you going for a long while working or writing that term paper in an outside café. They say that that the battery will only lose around 20% of it’s charge over 1500 recharges, which is very good.
Picture taking of yourself using your PC or talking to someone by videophone like Skype is easy with the 2 megapixel camera mounted on the front, or you can take pics of your friends and whatever else using the 3 megapixel on the back.
But the PC wouldn’t be much good without internet or device connectivity and the Samsung Slate has a ton of options. There are connection methods for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), a USB 2.0 port, and you can even use the 3G smartphone network with the proper SIM card. Although the data rates will probably be far too prohibitive to use this method, but it’s good in a pinch perhaps.
And finally for those that need more functionality, there is an option for a docking station and keyboard. The dock comes with an Ethernet cable port, extra USB ports and an HDMI to hook the Slate PC to a HD monitor. The keyboard itself does not require the dock, but rather is a Bluetooth keyboard with a very flat look, but very clickable chiclet though like keys.
The four models will be a 64GB SSD Windows 7 Home Premium for $1099, a 64GB SSD Windows 7 Pro for $1199, a 128 GB SSD Windows 7 Home Premium (with docking station/keyboard) for $1349, or a 128GB SSD Windows Pro (without the docking station/keyboard) for $1349. No doubt, the dock/keyboard will also be able to be purchased separately. The four models will make their debut on October 2, 2011 and will be available from Samsung.com’s website, as well as brick and mortar and online retailers.