Samsung's Love Affair with Styli Continues with Series 5 and Series 7 Windows 8 Slates

Pulkit Chandna

With the amount of buzz that surrounded the Galaxy Note 2 in the lead up to IFA 2012, Samsung was assured of a lion’s share of the IFA spotlight. Now that the event is finally underway, the company is making sure it makes hay while that spotlight shines by using the event to showcase a large number of upcoming devices besides the gigantism-stricken smartphone.

Among the many new Samsung products unveiled at IFA are a couple of x86-powered Windows 8 slates: the Series 5 and Series 7 (aka the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, respectively). Both slates sport 11.6-inch displays and look virtually identical. In fact, the similarities don’t end there, as both come with a stylus (S-Pen) and a detachable QWERTY keyboard dock.

But that’s about as far as their similarities go. The former, with its 1366×768 display, Intel Atom Z2760 chip, 2GB RAM and 64GB solid-state storage, is no match for the Series 7, which packs a 1080p display, Core i5-3317U processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. According to Sammy, the Series 5 and Series 7 Slates will be available starting October 26 for $749 ($649 without the keyboard dock) and $1,199, respectively.

“With the introduction of our new Slate PCs, we are providing customers with greater choice while maintaining the power of a traditional PC,” said Todd Bouman, vice president of marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division, in a press release . “We created our Slate PCs with a focus on beautiful design, powerful performance and ease of use, attributes that our customers have come to expect in their Samsung computing experience. Our mobile PC business has grown significantly over the past year, which is a testament to our ability to meet customer needs in this space, and we expect strong growth to continue with our new Slate PCs.”

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