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Samsung preps a hybrid Windows 8 tablet too, with S Pen stylus, SIM card and magnetic force

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Samsung preps a hybrid Windows 8 tablet too, with S Pen stylus, SIM card and magnetic force
Apple's CEO Tim Cook opinion on the hybrid notebook/tablet devices that Windows 8 makes possible is that it's like pairing "a refrigerator with a toaster", with the notion that none of their functions will be done as good as if they were standalone devices.

Windows 8 device manufacturers begged to disagree, starting at the first day of the Computex expo in Taiwan yesterday, when Acer, Asus, MSI and Lenovo all outed interesting devices with Win 8 on board. As usual Asus was the one with the boldest hybrid designs, including a Transformer-like tablet, two-screen notebook, and a detachable all-in-one.

Now add to the hybrid device game Samsung, Apple's biggest competitor in the mobile realm, and things start to get really interesting. Besides a laptop, whose screen part pivots all the way back to become a tablet, the Koreans had a hybrid Windows 8 tablet/notebook device of their own to show, called Samsung Series 5 Hybrid.

While neither the price nor launch date were revealed, the device resembles the Asus Transformer line concept of a 10" tablet plus a detachable keyboard part. Instead of a latching mechanism, however, which adds bulk and weight, the tablet attaches magnetically to the keyboard half. 

No concrete specs were revealed, but the expo unit was running a low-voltage Intel CPU, meaning that a full-throttle Windows 8 will be on board at launch, able to run the more than a million legacy programs that come with Microsoft's Windows OS. Word was that there will be two screen options - a 1080p Full HD tablet screen, and a cheaper one with a regular resolution. An 8MP camera on the back and 2MP frontal shooter will be taking care of the niche realm of tablet photography.

Samsung's other added value will seemingly be the S Pen and S Memo stylus apps, coming straight from the Note, but tailored to the Win 8 tablet realities. The hybrid slate clocks in a bit heavier than your usual 10" tablet, at 1.65 pounds (747g), but is fairly thin at 9mm (0.35"), yet houses a standard SIM card and microSD slots, as well as a speedy USB port.


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posted on 05 Jun 2012, 02:58 17

1. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Now THIS is innovation. Heard that, Apple?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 03:32 16

2. RangersK (Posts: 59; Member since: 15 May 2012)


Apple doesn't have ears.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:36 8

7. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Asus did it first.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:01 4

10. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


And instead of suing, im sure they are proud of themselves for making it famous, and user friendly. Im sure a company like asus knows a thing or two about innovation. Plus the concept has always bn there, just like apple to make a tablet famous, asus made the concept famous.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:20 2

18. dickwyn (Posts: 566; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i think it is not an asus concept, it could just be some design guidelines from microsoft

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 22:49

31. ZRodri (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


Google "Asus Transformer."
It is their concept.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:39

29. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


truly awesome..!!! love ya SAMMY

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 03:53 9

3. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Beautiful

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 04:59 9

4. ananya22 (Posts: 93; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


rip ipad

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:08 2

5. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


now everyone is copying Asus after EE Pad Transformer
they should have patent it

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:32 1

6. darkskoliro (Posts: 935; Member since: 07 May 2012)


true that. im still supporting asus.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:48 4

9. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Lets all agree, that every company is copying another company. This copying bs its really irritatin, all these companies r copying each other. Without this copying, the tech will b stagnant without any progression, so lets all get used to it. While these companies are copying each other, we the consumers are benefiting from it. Let us enjoy the tech and let these companies worry about copying each other

Its like saying the first smartphone makers should have patented "smartphone" and the first laptop maker should have patented "laptop", so is the first tv maker, mp3 maker, tablet maker, in which there would have bn no ipad, no choice whatsoever.

Just getting sick of this so and so is copying so. Enuf already

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:46 5

11. jagroopdeol13 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


well said.....we should not worry about copying......we should enjoy the best products out there

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:01 5

13. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Asus isn't a bunch of damn retards like Apple who run around patenting little things and suing the living crap out of anything that is rectangular.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:31 1

24. MEeee (Posts: 213; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Which brands are your TVs, Applicances, PCs, etc.? Don't talk like iFollowers of Steve Jobs. All they can say is "copy" and "rip-off".

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 17:40

30. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


why dont you stf*. cant you ever talk some sense ?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 05:41 2

8. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What's new in this every Apple CEO says the same kind of thing when somebody launches a product superior than what Apple has..

No doubt that Apple makes great products, but that does not man that they can insult other companies and that too in this way, that's not the real spirit of competition at all

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:53

17. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


lets be fair mirosoft did the same thing when apple launched the iphone. On any note windows is the only tablet competitor apple will have to worry about that is why they insulted there way of doing it.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 06:54 3

12. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


This thing is awesome. I want more details. How much memory, what kind of processor and most importantly how much is it going to cost me?

I haven't played with any of the early releases of Win8 yet. I hope it delivers.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 04:26

32. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Windows 8 is awesome

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:05 1

14. tigermcm (Posts: 669; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


thank you, just when i was complaining about Asus being the only one showing of new tabs here comes Samsung......who's next?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 08:38

19. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Nokia

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 16:10

28. tigermcm (Posts: 669; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


I hope so!!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:41

15. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


And no words on battery life. Sh** This vs Series 7 Slate PC.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 07:48 1

16. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Give us an exynos 5250 version too!

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:16

21. McLTE (Posts: 637; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol.. Cook is smoking something if he really thinks the idea of a tablet and keyboard = laptop sort of device is lame.

I don't have an iPad. I don't have an Android pad either. Why? because to me, they are really just over sized phones regarding functionality.

What I want is a windows tablet.. something that can do EVERYTHING my windows PC can IF I want it to. let me dock it into a keyboard contraption and used it like a full blown laptop, and let that dock into the typical laptop dock which allows me to use my 2 24" monitors.

This could have a tremendous impact on the way we do things at work.. imagine leaving work and having everything you need right in your hands on a small tablet!

The only concern I have here is that I know they are going to be priced through the roof and it will be along uphill battle if they aren't priced competitively or better yet.. under the iPad's pricing.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:31

23. jibraihimi (Posts: 651; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Seeing so many windows 8 tablets, hybrids, transformer, and ultrabooks from Asus, Acer and Samsung, now I'm really confused that which one I should purchase...........??? I didn't dived into tablet/ipad world yet, because all the tablets/ipads released till now didn't offered any full OS experience, they were all mobile OS's on big screen; that's reason I was waitin for Windows 8 running devices, and now seeing all the choices out there I'm really very confused. And above all HP, Lenovo, fujitsu etc are yet to announce their windows 8 device............. This holiday season would be very busy for windows 8 sales.......... :)

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 09:36

25. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Lol, it s so funny how ppl always talk about samsung having "cheap" "plastic", do ppl's desktops made out of glass and metal? Your headphones made out of glass and metal? Lol, im telling, if Apple decides to make their earphone out of metal,we gonn call every single earphones, "cheap with plastic" its like plastic was never used before on these devices. Yes my iphone is made out of glass and metal, but my laptop its all plastic, cos the only thing i get to touch all the time is the keys. Personal choice, i prefer functionality ova premium feel. Just my opinion. Im intitled to it isnt it?

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 13:44

26. SleepingOz (unregistered)


What's also funny is that most of these people are not Apple fanboys but Nokia ones. As far as I know, Nokia has been using "cheap plastic" for its devices as well.
And if polycarbonate is now considered as "cheap plastic", then the Lumia series is also concerned.

posted on 05 Jun 2012, 15:23

27. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


now see.. thats awesome.

tell me it can run diablo 3 with good memory settings, and we might have a winner.

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 21:30

33. jschoonover (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I am very excited to hear about this one coming to market. I have had several different tablets over the last few years. HP TX tablet, iPad, HTC flyer. I love the look of the current Galaxy note but really need Windows 8 for everything I want from my tablet. I think this will be an amazing device and am excited to see what the price tag will be...

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