Samsung unveils slim Windows tablet

Samsung unveils slim Windows tablet

Summary: A hands-on look at the Series 7 Slate, an enterprise-friendly, thin Windows 7 tablet with accompanying dock and keyboard accessories

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  • Samsung Series 7 Slate in hand

    Samsung has taken the wraps off the Series 7 Slate, a business-friendly Windows tablet that closely resembles the Android-based tablets that are proving popular with consumers.

    There are several tablets that run Windows 7, such as Asus's Eee Slate EP121, but the 11.6-inch Series 7 Slate is relatively light and trim. Samsung quietly announced its latest Windows tablet at the IFA technology show in Berlin on Thursday, shortly after unveiling its more consumer-oriented Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Galaxy Note Android tablets.

    "The Samsung Series 7 Slate PC was designed for on-the-go users who need a slim, lightweight computer but can't afford to sacrifice true PC functionality," Samsung's enterprise mobile PC marketing chief, Scott Ledterman, said in a statement.

    The Series 7 Slate runs Windows 7 either in the standard mode (pictured) or using a grid of smartphone-like icons that Samsung developed with Microsoft. The upcoming Windows 8 will be better optimised for touch than Windows 7 is at present.

    Samsung has included the Swype virtual keyboard on the Series 7 Slate. In ZDNet UK's hands-on experience, however, the keyboard did not automatically pop up when the user wanted to type something in a field. It had to be brought up separately, which was not optimal.

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  • Samsung Series 7 Slate with keyboard

    The Series 7 Slate comes with two important accessories in the box: a Bluetooth keyboard and a dock, which adds Ethernet connectivity to the device.

    The dock can also be used to hook the tablet up to a larger monitor, if that should prove necessary.

    The tablet comes with a stylus, based on Wacom's technology. As the slate is a Windows device with an Intel Core i5 processor, this makes hand-drawn graphical work in programs such as Adobe Illustrator viable.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

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David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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