Samsung to introduce hybrid Windows 8 tablet at IFA 2012

Samsung to introduce hybrid Windows 8 tablet at IFA 2012

Summary: Its Series 5 Hybrid PC will join the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga as announced Windows 8 devices that combine laptop and tablet features.


Microsoft tried making its Windows 8 tablets more convenient by introducing a Touch Cover that includes a built-in keyboard, but other manufacturers hope you want even more traditional laptop trappings with your new Windows 8 slate. While a number have teased so-called hybrid or convertible models -- which usually consist of a detachable or hinged tablet and a traditional laptop keyboard -- it's only in recent weeks that they have started firming release plans.

First, Lenovo confirmed a couple of weeks ago that it's introduing the IdeaPad Yoga convertible device for both Windows 8 and Windows RT flavors. Now, Samsung has plastered its Facebook page with an image of what appears to be its Series 5 Hybrid PC with a tagline that implies that more details will be revealed this week at the IFA 2012 trade show starting this Wednesday in Berlin.

Whereas the Yoga uses a 360-degree hinged design that folds the tablet back onto the keyboard section, the Series 5 Hybrid PC lets you detach the tablet and then reattach it via a magnetic dock. According to Engadget, it will possess a screen size of about 11 inches, run on an Intel processor -- meaning that it will use the "full version" of Windows 8 (i.e., no ARM-based Windows RT version) -- and include a stylus like the one used on the recently released Galaxy Note 10.1.

Whether these convergence devices will actually sell remains to be seen, and there's plenty of skepticism about the future success of Windows 8 hybrid portables (including from ZDNet's own Larry Dignan). We already know that tablets running the full version of Windows 8 will sell for several hundred dollars, and adding hinges and magnetic docks will only raise the sticker price on convertible models. Wil there be enough convenience in the hybrid devices to make them worth the extra cost? 

[Via The Verge]

Topics: Laptops, Mobility, Samsung, Tablets, Windows

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Putting off...

    I've been putting off buying a new Windows laptop just waiting for these to start showing up. As an owner of as ASUS Transformer TF300, let me tell you: the idea that these devices will be less capable than a traditional laptop is just bunk.
    • Not only that

      but I imagine these will have the Exenyos 5 chips.

      They're supposedly going to be awesome.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • Next year

        Windows 8 is only going to support SoCs from nVidia, TI, and Qualcomm at launch. Likely, in the future, we'll see some updates that allow for the Exynos 5 Dual to be supported, but the OS will have to be optimized for the Cortex A15 CPU and drivers will have to be written for the ARM Mali T604 GPU. Plus, those chips are really meant to show off the 2560x1600 display Samsung has been working on, but I don't think that's in production yet.

        Next year at CES though, we'll probably see that stuff.
        Jeff Kibuule
        • Really?

          I was under the impression that the Exynos 5 was going to be showed off for Windows 8. *shrug* Not saying you're wrong, I just wish you were. If WinRT is going to do good, it has to put its best foot forward.

          At least it has Tegra 3?
          Michael Alan Goff
  • I can't wait...

    Seriously, I'm stopped buying any product till I see what Windows 8 will bring. I'm currently using Windows 8 Pro on my desktop, but that's my comfortable computer. On mobile and portable device, I'll be waiting for new designs of "keyboard attachable tablets" what can run Windows 8 and actually can run x86 of Windows 8...

    For ARM Windows 8, time will tell...
  • Actually excited

    The 7 inch Android tablets I own (HTC FLyer, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0) were usable, but not as straightforward and stable as my iPad -the first one from two years ago. That said, I am an early adopter, and am looking forward to giving Windows 8 devices a spin -may go Surface to get the reference experience, but the bar is high and basically set by the iPad -and I mean the first one.
  • I'm in

    I will definitely be getting a Windows 8 tablet or hybrid. I just don't know if I'm going to get a Clover Trail device until we start seeing some reviews of its performance. Windows 8 performs beautifully on a Core Duo... so hopefully Clover Trail is up to par.
  • Why a tablet?

    I keep looking at tablets, but I just don't know why I would want one. I have a laptop, a desktop and a smartphone. I don't see where a tablet would fit in, in terms of justifying its price.

    A hybrid to replace my laptop, when the time comes, might be a good solution, it provides the best of both worlds. A fully blown laptop for 99% of the time, then a tablet for the odd time I don't need a keyboard would be useful.

    For me, a decent sized, non-reflective screen a decent keyboard and multiple windows are more important than touch or portability.
    • What puts me off...

      What puts me off from laptops is when I travel they are really comes heavy after a time. Granted performance will be far better than a tablet or ultrabook, like desktop performances are better than them, but granted, travelling is where you don't do heavy work. So indeed I'm waiting for a laptop replacement that should not be best performance but get you to do urgent work and less heavy...
      • What puts me off...

        What puts me off is I'll bet you didn't say that when the iPad I was released.

        Hypocrisy knows no bounds.
        Cylon Centurion
        • BTW, I'm tpying this post from iPad now

          It's remkrkly brilent device.
          The battery life is very
          Cylo‭n Centurion
          • Smart doppleganger

            At least you have some brain cells left.
            Cylon Centurion
    • Convenient Info Consumer

      I have a laptop, smartphone (evo htc lte) and desktop (rdp into my home office server stack). I put off a tablet for a long time - then jumped on the Galaxy Nexus 7. I use it for studying watching netflix, world and tech news, etc. I make it a rule not to go into my office unless I'm working. With the tablet, I always have a computer with a large enough screen to relax/sort of work anywhere. the smart phone is there when I need to be mobile. I'm waiting on a transformer windows 8 pro machine.
      • Still waiting...

        I'm still waiting for the Nexus 7 to be released. Rumours say it will be launched at the beginning of September over here.
  • Interesting stuff coming !

    If Samsung can come up with Intel tablet with same thin profile (9mm) and good battery life, it will have its own fan following for sure.

    Current tablets are good consumption, but there is always this feeling of something is missing. Both WinRT and Win8 tablets will change that perception.
  • I am buying a Windows 8 phone and more

    I have never been as interested in the release of a radical new OS since OSX and iOS.
    I love being in the minority. In Manhattan nearly everyone from the tax collector to the jury pool or your most hated teacher has an Apple phone, iPad, or Airbook.

    Windows 8 looks cool in a Bauhaus truth to material kind of way. I'm sure many will hate 8 but I think 8 is great;)
  • enterprise potential?

    From a user's perspective, the potential of using this with our (horribly, horribly designed) Electronic Medical Records (EMR) charting system at work is intriguing. The Metro interface with live tiles offers a wealth of possibilities for medical charting in the hospital (as far as nursing care is concerned), and I can only hope that the programmers/developers find ways to integrate it. As a former IT professional who went into the nursing field, being forced to chart on our EMR with bulky, old tablets (the older types requiring a stylus for input) is a constant point of annoyance, especially since our EMR isn't the most... intuitive and user-friendly design out there. I hope Windows 8 stimulates some real change.
    • Using it now

      I am a medical specialist and I am using windows 8 on the Samsung series 7 slate right now.
      Best of both worlds with pen access to my EMR, taking notes on the fly (or on the couch...I am a psychiatrist after all) and then kicking in the keyboard for typing.
      Just needs to be lighter and better's hoping!
  • I am going to continue to ignore the blatant MS shills...

    as they Desperately try to convince folks to purchase Microsoft warez. You would think by now you shills would realize this is not the place to get folks to buy stuff ~ sheesh.
    • You are not ignoring

      By commenting you are not ignoring so you must first start.
      Please do.