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The Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series is a 10 inch Windows 7 tablet computer with a slide-out keyboard that tucks away behind the screen when you’re not using it, allowing you to use the computer as a tablet or notebook. It’s been available for pre-order from a handful of stores for $670 and up since March, but now Amazon.com is taking pre-orders for $649.
The computer has an Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB solid state disk, and runs Windows 7 Home Premium. It has front and rear cameras, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi. The 10 inch display has a 1366 x 768 pixel screen resolution, and the Sliding PC 7 Series measures about 0.8 inches thick and weighs 2.2 pounds.
The tablet is expected to ship later this month.
Update: It looks like Amazon has removed the product page.
via Netbook News
Lately I have just decied to shift my point of view. What I want is always three years away. If I want a powerful tablet that weights under 1.1 lbs, it is a 2014 product. Thus, I just keep in mind what I want TODAY isn’t going to be in my hands for three years and that helps.
When I need to buy something, I do the reverse process of thinking, “What was it that I was looking for in 2008?” Throught the lens of 2008 thinking what is out there now is perfect.
The Z670 specs are at
This is a single core CPU (1.5 GHz, 2 threads, max TDP of 3W, VID
voltage range of 1.1125 to 1.5V), so you can more or less draw your own conclusions. This is a follow on to the Z5xx CPU family
which was really pathetic (IMHO, the Z5xx family should not have been
released). The Z CPUs (for embedded devices) were lower power and lower performance than the more typical N CPUs found in netbooks.
(In my mind, too much lower power and too much lower performance, and no increase in battery life.)
For reference, the Z5xx has been used in the Dell Mini netbook with a
built-in tuner, several Windows slates from the likes of Viliv, UMID,
and “convertibles” with resistive touch screens from Asus (T91/T101),
Lenovo (S10-3t). The devices from the branded manufacturers have
been almost universally panned in reviews.
If you can wait until the end of this year, the Cedar Trail CPUs are
coming out, and it’s somewhat uncharacteristic of Intel to follow on
one family (Oak Trail, this device’s CPU family) with another (Cedar Trail)
so soon, within a year. You have AMD to thank for that, as AMD’s
Fusion/Zacate CPUs are giving Intel a run for its money.
A dual core version of Cedar Trail is probably the one to wait for.
AMD has been talking to ARM. I am salivating at the possibilities.
Although Intel supposedly has a license to make ARM style CPUs
(Intel was once the biggest manufacturer of ARM CPUs, but sold
the manufacturing operations to Marvell, perhaps to focus on
Atom since ARM was “not invented here, NIH”), I think AMD will
promote ARM more strgonly than Intel will.
The device looks so nice but I lost faith in Intel Atom chips. I’m not going to rush into buying anything with Cedar Trail until some good reports. AMD Fusion E-350 is really awesome. I’m going to buy another one with usb3.
Yes, Oak Trail is basically a follow up of the Z5xx CPU family. But the Z-series was released for good reasons.
1) They could go fan-less, not until Cedar Trail will that be possible for the N-Series and even then only for the low end version.
2) They did provide longer run times, but this was often negated by giving the systems smaller batteries since both UMPC’s and tablets generally have to be made as light as possible.
3) They were provided a greater range of performance offerings to help compensate for their lower general performance compared to the N-Series ATOMs. Like the Z550 is 2GHz, while even the newer N-Series are only offered at up to 1.83GHz… So was a compromise for the lower heat generation and power usage that made the Z-Series good for UMPC’s and tablets.
So it had its usefulness and Oak Trail is intended for the same applications thanks to its very low power usage.
While Cedar Trail is the update for the N-Series, replacing the present Pine Trail line. Though it will continue to use the same NM10 south bridge. So main update was reducing manufacture size to 32nm. But that improved power efficiency, not as much as Oak Trail but better than Pine Trail, and lowers manufacturing costs.
So while the Oak Trail generally runs about $75 each, Cedar Trail will range from $42 to $47. Though similarly it is expected they will use the increased power efficiency to reduce battery size. So don’t expect run times to increase too much. But that also means these systems will get lighter and cheaper than they are now.
Oak Trail is also already reported having a replacement, Cloverview, on the way but not too much detail has been released yet about it other than it’ll be 32nm (Oak Trail is still 45nm) and will maintain the extremely low TDP…
Though AMD Fusion line is pretty certain to hold onto their Graphical advantage and the Zacate should continue to be the better deal but Intel could leverage lower pricing, longer run times, and smaller and/or lighter systems for Cedar Trail. Since Zacate can’t go into anything smaller than 11.6″ and the Ontario side of AMD Fusion relies more on its graphical advantage and could be over come on the CPU side of things. Since the lower clock speed puts them closer to the mobile ATOM single and dual core performance.
While Intel is also offering wireless video and audio with Cedar Trail, and AMD is starting to offer USB 3.0 with newer AMD Fusion system releases…
We’re still waiting on benchmarks to properly compare them all though and AMD is expected to improve their offerings next year, with some minor updates this year…
Intel though may be first to go 22nm with Ivy Bridge and we don’t know what direction they will take their low end offerings after Cedar Trail…
Intel Atom Z670 Oak Trail processor benchmark???
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