Samsung’s Windows 8 tablets are now available for pre-order, with prices ranging from $650 to $1200.
These tablets wear a few different names. Some stores sell them as the Samsung Series 5 and Series 7 tablets, while others call them the Ativ Smart PC 500T and Smart PC Pro 700T. But in each case you get a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6 inch display.
One thing that sets both tablets apart from most Windows 8 tablets is the inclusion of a digital pen for writing and drawing on the screen.
Samsung Series 5/Ativ 500T
Samsung’s entry level tablet features a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z2760 dual core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of solid state disk space.
This model has 1 USB 2.0 port, 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a micro HDMI port, and audio jacks. There’s a 2MP camera on the front, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.
The tablet alone weighs about 1.7 pounds, but Samsung also offers an optional keyboard docking station that brings the weight to 3.3 pounds.
Samsung Series 7/Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T
Looking for a more powerful Windows 8 tablet? This model features an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a high resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel display.
Samsung’s higher-end Windows 8 tablet also comes standard with the keyboard dock, which helps explain the $1199.99 starting price.
This model includes Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n WiFi, a USB 3.0 port, micro HDMI port, 8MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera.
The Series 7 Slate weighs 1.9 pounds. When you add the keyboard dock, the weight goes up to 3.5 pounds.