Samsung has hoarded the market with tablets and hybrids. The latest devices launched by the company are Series 5 and 7 Slates that predominantly hybrid computers.
The company launched Ativ tablet at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany but that is not to be confused with the Slates that are hybrids not stand alone tablet computers. The Series 5 and 7 might have almost the same design aesthetics but underneath both have different spec-sheets and eventually different price tags.
Both Series 5 and 7 have the same 11.6-inch screen size and the same sliver body design but that is about it. The screen resolution, processor and other specifications in both bodies are quite different from each other and are targeted at different market segments.
The Series 5 has Intel’s next generation Atom processor to run Windows RT, a more limited version of the operating system announced by Microsoft. The processor is assisted by 2 GB of RAM, which is quite high for a tablet this size. The fixed storage capacity is 64 GB of solid state drive.
The 11.6-inch screen has a nominal 1,366×768-pixel resolution which is great for a tablet PC. There are basic USB and HDMI ports, coupled with standard Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. However, the Series 5 and 7 have Ethernet ports as well that can be accessed with an adaptor.
With all these specifications the Series 5 weighs 1.65 pounds, and measures 11.6″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″, which is quite thick for a tablet if the display is detached and as much thick for an ultrabook when it is attached to the cradle. It is more like a netbook.
The series 7 has upgrades to the spec-sheet and a denser screen resolution. The same 11.6-inch screen is crammed up with 1,920×1,080 pixels, an HD resolution. Under the hood is Intel’s Core i5 processor supported by 4 GB of RAM, quite high for a tablet and for some ultrabooks. The storage capacity is 128 GB in solid state form.