Samsung Series 7 Slate

The Samsung Series 7 Slate is a tablet designed to run Windows 7. It features an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, an active digitizer for digital pen input, and an Intel Core i5-2467M processor.

While Samsung had originally planned to start selling the tablet on October 2nd, it isn’t shipping in the US yet. But you can pre-order the computer from Amazon for $1349.

For that steep price you get a slate computer running Windows 7 Professional, a 128GB solid state disk, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 802.11b/g/n WiFI, and front and rear facing cameras. The tablet weighs 2.1 pounds and gets up to 7 hours of battery life.

Samsung is also expected to offer cheaper models with 64GB of storage and Windows 7 Home Premium for $1099 and up.

Those prices certainly aren’t cheap — especially when you compare the tablet to the Apple iPad or recent Android tablets. But the only Windows tablet with similar features (an Intel Core i5 processor, capacitive touch panel, and digital pen) is the Asus Eee Slate EP121 which launched earlier this year and currently sells for $960 and up.

via NotebookCheck

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11 replies on “Samsung Series 7 Slate now available for pre-order (for $1349)”

  1. Samsung Series 7 Slate PC this model come with 3G connection, is this for 3G data only or 3G Voice (Cellular) mobile telephony capabilities?.

    1. Where did you see that it comes with 3G? I hadn’t heard about that feature — but very few Windows computers ever include cellular voice capabilities. When they do have 3G it’s usually just for data (although you can always use that data to make phone calls over Skype or a similar service).

      1. @bradlinder:disqus Optional 3G was part of its specification and some suggested the higher price version would have it.

        @c38d94fa9781eabc7cf4d8b529ffaffc:disqus If this version does include the modem then it’ll be the data only, it’s very rare for a PC to also get the voice.

      2. Why would you want a machine with 3G built in, you get locked in with the cell providor and you cannot change. You Slate and/or tablet will last longer than your contract with a cell providor, you are better off getting a MiFi device from your cell providor and using that for your device. I have a Toshiba Tablet (will sell when I get the Samsung Slate) a Sony Laptop and I use a MiFi device I have from Sprint or my AT&T phone I open as a MiFi, you would be surprised how many times I have had to use one or the other. I am glad I have both, if I only had 3G from one carrier on my slate and I did not have a signal I would be screwed. And now that 4G is coming out (sort of) I can upgrade my MiFi device for a lot less money than my Slate/Tablet.

  2. It is odd that you compared the price of this to iPads and Android slates considering that they are completely different products with different applications, use cases, value propositions, and technologies.  Yes, all of these have a slate form factor, but that’s the only similarity.  You’re comparison suggests otherwise, which misleads people who don’t know any better and reinforces the thought error of people who believe that they are the same.  You basically called a Porsche 911 an expensive Ford Fiesta rather than a budget Zonda F.  Try again by comparing this to similar slates from companies like Tablet Kiosk and Motion Computing.

    1. Nope… I didn’t call it anything. Instead I pointed out that it’s *not* the same as those other devices, in anticipation of the fact that people who have grown accustomed to the words “tablet” and “$400” being thrown around together will scoff at the price tag. 

      1. Nope. You did, or you didn’t mean to, either way would be fine if you didn’t think you were right and call your reader out on it.

        1. Well at least he mentioned the EP121 being comparable in specs and price.  Other articles I’ve seen just blatantly point out that the price is a lot more than Android Tablets/iPads and leave it at that.  It’s important that, as the author did, people recognize that this device in not in the same class as the other devices that run iOS or Android.

        2. He could have been more clear about the distinction (i.e. more explicit about this being a different class of product altogether) but he stated the core difference (no pun intended) and explaining that the only comparable product costs a grand and up…

          On a semi-related note, that battery life is awesome compared to the Asus. I love my EP121 (it’s my main computer, using it right now) but the battery life is abysmal (~3 hours with constant use). It’s no dealbreaker for me, but man if the Samsung really gets 7, that’d be nice… and it’s lighter.

          Brad, one thing you didn’t mention which seems pretty relevant is the graphic artist demographic… we are the ones loving the hell out of the EP121 so much. Just read the reviews. I’ve been waiting for this product for years and I’m very encouraged to see Samsung get in the game, their products have exceeded my expectations in recent years.

          1. Yeah, unfortunately right now all we have is Samsung’s word to go on when it comes to battery life. It’s not unusual to see PC makers exaggerate… or at least run their tests under best-case-scenario conditions. 

            It should be interesting to see what real-world tests show.

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