Samsung plans to launch a new line of 11.6 inch tablets running Windows 8 later this year. You’ll also be able to use the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid computers as laptops by sliding the tablets into keyboard docking stations. There’s a magnetic locking mechanism to hold the two pieces together.

Samsung Series 5 Hybrid

Laptop Magazine reports that there will be two different versions of the Series 5 Hybrid. One will have a low power, 2-watt Intel Atom processor that’s designed for smartphones and low power tablets. A second model will have a higher performance Intel ULV processor and a high resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel display.

The tablets will measure 0.35 inches thick and weigh about 1.5 pounds, feature front and rear cameras, HDMI, USB, and microSD card slots as well as a SIM card slot on models with mobile broadband.

Samsung also includes a stylus — and unlike the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC which uses a digital pen but doesn’t include a space in the tablet to store the stylus, the Series 5 Hybrid has a stylus dock built right into the case.

There’s no word on how much the new tablets will cost, but they should be available this fall when Microsoft launches Windows 8.

The Series 5 Hybrid will have some company in the convertible Windows 8 tablet space. Asus, Acer, and MSI have also introduced several Windows 8 tablets with detachable keyboards.

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5 replies on “Samsung Series 5 Hybrid tablet features magnetic keyboard dock”

  1. What’s that background noise?.. Do I hear fanboys crying?
    Yup I guess I do…
    I think didn’t care mich for the hybrid concept as long as it was an Asus/Android one.
    But a Sammy hybrid ultrabook with W8… yeah… Apple executives are crying too. 

    The hybrid concept (not the slider, not the duo version, not the converter) is the future of laptops… At least till the screens become flexible.

    But, hey, maybe that’s what Apple have in store for us and they’re just laughing their a$$ out right now… No?.. Yeah didn’t think so. 

    This comment was made ONLY for the fun of it. I do like Apple products. Not fanboys though.
    So, I apologize if I’ve hurted the feelings of some but it was too tempting.

    1.  Well, as noted in a previous article Fedora is paying for the secure boot certification and is coming out with Fedora 18 in Winter about the same time as Windows 8 comes out.

      So you’ll at least be able to run that one without issue.  While others you may need to make sure you get a system that lets you turn Secure Boot off in order to use them.

  2. Glad to see the Transformer type idea gaining traction.  Instead of crappy bend over backwards computers, this seems like the way to go if you want a tablet/PC hybrid.  Then again, we need at least one more, if not 2-3 more processor generations before you can fit something powerful enough into that form factor to make the situation tenable given all the baggage full desktop OS’s tend to bring.

    Still, out of all the alternative formats you’ve posted Brad, I like this concept (even if they ‘stole’ it from ASUS) the best.

    1. I think you will find ULV Ivy Bridge pretty satisfying, based upon the benchmarks with Sandy Bridge and the great performance of the Samsung Series 7 Slate (which is a Sandy Bridge tablet). I’ve really enjoyed the snappiness of the S7S, and I fully expect the Ivy Bridge to add another 1-2 hours of staying power. Can’t wait for October!

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