Samsung Launches New Windows 8 Consumer Devices
Today, Samsung unveiled four devices with touch displays that make full use of the Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The event was held at an exclusive private residence in Cairnhill, and the aim was to show how seamlessly these new Windows 8 devices interact with a wide range of Samsung's personal products like Smart TVs and mobile devices. All this is due to Samsung pursuing what they call the "convergence strategy", where Samsung products in the home, are built to interact with each other the moment they leave their box.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro and Samsung ATIV Smart PC
The 11.6-inch Samsung ATIV tablets will run the full version of Windows 8. That's because both are carrying Intel processors based on the x86 architecture. According to Samsung's representatives, there are currently no plans to develop an ARM-based Windows RT tablet as yet.
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro is running a 3rd-generation CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) Intel Core i5 processor, typically found on thin-and-light Ultrabooks. This means you'd get the power of an Ultrabook, packed into a svelte 11.9mm package. To keep the notebook as thin and light as possible, it doesn't feature any discrete graphics, but relies on the integrated graphics (Intel HD 4000) unit that comes with the processor.
The 9.9mm-thick Samsung ATIV Smart PC is running on a next-generation Intel Atom processor (mainly associated with Netbooks). This means its computing power isn't as impressive as the Pro version, but it ought to pack a longer battery life due to its lower power demands. Graphics capabilities will be reliant on Intel's new SoC (System-on-a-chip) technology found on the new Atom chipsets.
Both tablets will be equipped with Samsung's S-Pen technology, available on Samsung devices equipped with a stylus. The S-Pen is made using WACOM's digitizer technology, which means it's exceptionally responsive. It also comes with a 1024-level pressure sensitivity, which allows it to accurately mimic the strokes from a pen or pencil -- a digital designer's dream. The tablets will feature a 10-point multi-touch screen, essential for navigating Windows 8. They can also be converted to look like regular notebooks with the optional keyboard dock if productivity is your priority.
For more detailed information and even more photos of the upcoming ATIV Smart PCs, we've got a detailed hands-on of them here.
Samsung All-In-One PC Series 7
For users who need a more powerful machine, they can turn to the 27-inch Samsung Series 7 AIO PC. This ultra-slim AIO comes not only with a 10-finger multi-touch display, but it also has gesture recognition features for added convenience. It recognizes five different gestures, and it's able to detect the hand from about a meter away. This touch-and-gesture combination would make it very compatible with Windows 8. To prove this point, the AIO will also come with Jamie Oliver's Recipe (a Windows 8 Modern UI app) pre-installed. We tried navigating the app using gestures, and we must say it works as advertised.
The new Series 7 AIO will also be fitted with a WQHD display with a 2560 by 1440 pixel resolution, which is quite rare for AIOs already out in the market. Powering that display would be the AMD Radeon HD 7850M. However, do note that the "M" denotes this is a mobile graphics unit which helps to keep the AIO slim, but is less powerful than its desktop variant. Other hardware specs include a 3rd-generation Core i7 processor, and 8GB of RAM. And as a versatile home entertainment machine, the AIO also packs a Blu-ray drive, as well as a 2TB hard drive.
Series 5 Ultra Touch
The 13-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch is a touchscreen Ultrabook aimed at users who prefer a conventional clamshell notebook to run Windows 8. It looks almost exactly like the existing Series 5 Ultra, except for the touchscreen. And because of the included touch display, it's also slightly heavier (1.69kg) and thicker (16.9 - 19.9mm) than the original Series 5 Ultra. Samsung's new Ultrabook comes with a 3rd-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, and 500GB HDD with 24GB ExpressCache. The touch display on the Ultra Touch is also a 10-point multi-touch screen which gives users more navigational options when using Windows 8.
Pricing and Availability
As of now, the pricing details of the new Windows 8 computing devices have not been confirmed by Samsung. However we are certain that Samsung will be able to reveal their prices and availability immediately after the October 26th global launch of Windows 8. Till then, we leave you with this really short video snippet of Samsung's demo of these products:-