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Samsung adds a dash of innovation to its latest netbook/tablet mashup

Earlier today, Samsung unveiled its sexy 9 Series notebook which seems to be aiming squarely at Apple's MacBook Air. Next up is the Samsung Sliding PC 7 Series.

The Sliding PC 7 Series features an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.66GHz, and can be equipped with either a 32GB or 64GB SSD. As is the case with most netbooks, this one comes packing Windows 7 Home Premium, 2GB of DD2 memory, and a 10.1" (1366x768) display.

Where's Samsung's latest offering differs, is that its screen is also touch capable and can slide to cover the keyboard giving you a slate/tablet form-factor to work with. To aide in the tablet experience, Samsung includes its Touch Launcher software.

"The Samsung 7 Series is creating a category unto itself, with a total solution that is not only chic and convenient for content consumption, but also versatile enough for more intensive computing and content creation," said Scott Ledterman, director of mobile PC product marketing at Samsung Enterprise Business Division. 

“Innovative designs based on Intel Atom processors offer not only improved performance and sleeker devices, but also new, creative form factors,” added Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's Netbook and Tablet Group.

Other features include a 4-in-1 media reader, HDMI port, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and optional WiMAX or 3G wireless connectivity.

The Sliding PC 7 Series measures 10.47" x 6.88" x 0.78" and weighs in at a scant 2.18 pounds. The lithium-polymer battery provides battery life of up to 9 hours.

The device will be available beginning in March with a price tag of $699.

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By borismkv on 1/5/2011 4:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
Okay, I thought the Lenovo docking station was nifty, but this thing's going to be getting my money. Could benefit from some more RAM, though, so hopefully the system is upgradable.

By Flunk on 1/5/2011 4:59:02 PM , Rating: 1
Trust me with that Intel Atom, you won't need any more RAM. Those processors can't handle any complex work or multitasking.

By SunAngel on 1/5/11, Rating: -1
By dj LiTh on 1/6/2011 7:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
....are you joking?

By damianrobertjones on 1/6/2011 7:56:24 AM , Rating: 2
Madness. After owning various Atom based devices, you must be joking. Sure, an Atom device with an SSD, with win7 tweaked and the crap removed, will access things faster than a standard core 2 with a spining hard drive, but then do some serious work...

By ppardee on 1/5/2011 5:58:25 PM , Rating: 5
You talk about the Intel Atom like it is a 'toy' processor and has no real power. It certainly isn't an Core i7, but its not junk. At 1.66GHz, its probably an Atom D510 or K510, which PassMark rates at 668 and 658 respectively. By comparison, a Pentium 4 @ 3.2GHz ranks at 524.

I don't know of anyone that would say that a P4 can't handle complex work or multitasking. Granted, it would be slower than low-end desktop processor today, but the tablet isn't going to be crunching huge numbers, and you're not going to be playing the next big AAA title game on there. Its a business tool, and will do FINE for standard business applications.

I would be more concerned about durability. You have the "hinge" (though I don't know what type of mechanism it uses for the slide) to worry about and anywhere you have a hinge attaching an I/O device, you have (internal) cables to worry about.

By Samus on 1/6/11, Rating: -1
By EasyC on 1/6/2011 7:26:05 AM , Rating: 3
My carputer consists of an Atom 330/ION board with 2GB of ram. It ran Vista (and now Windows 7) just fine with a touch interface as a media station (HD video, audio, GPS, and even emulators). In fact, it boots into windows 7 faster than my i5-750 desktop. Perhaps you should check with real world usage before quoting arbitrary information based off your own opinion.

That said, I can't argue that the Atom is much useful beyond that. It can't handle full screen HD flash even when paired with ION chipset. I had a single core version in a netbook and it struggled with anything more than moderate usage.

The conclusion is, for 75% of what typical people do with a PC, it's fine. Would I use it to encode blu-rays? Absolutely not, but that's not really feasable in a netbook/tablet is it?

By Drexial on 1/6/2011 9:36:58 AM , Rating: 2
I have had real world experience with an Atom processor at work. I will say that the idea of owning an Atom based system went from an awesome idea to something I wouldn’t currently consider. The system was loaded with XP with visual setting all but completely set to performance (I believe only 4 options were left on) and just running IE8 is almost painful, opening new tabs takes FAR longer than it should. Flash is a joke. It’s just not optimized for what it was intended to be. It’s like the CR-Z great in concept, but doesn’t actually meet any of its goals or expectations. It doesn't even function to a basic ability as a web browsing tool. Maybe using Word on it is fine, but even working with larger Excel documents seem like it would be painful.

By damianrobertjones on 1/6/2011 7:59:52 AM , Rating: 2
"Atom doesn't belong in a notebook like this. I understand they're trying to make it inexpensive, but honestly, a Core 2 ULV is the only way to go if they plan on running Windows 7 with Aero and decent touch responsive feedback"

I owned an Archos 9,one of the most crappiest machines out there with the HT version (was it the z515?) of the Atom. The one reason I purchased said device, knowing that it royally sucked big time, was the fact that I ordered an SSD drive at the same time.

With the SSD, the machine worked like a dream. Remember, as slow as the Atom is, the slowest part is STILL the hard drive. Replace with an SSD and suddenly, the Atom and Windows 7 work very well

By Samus on 1/6/2011 8:39:17 AM , Rating: 2
I agree than an SSD helps make the Atom feasable in Windows 7, but the CPU is still a huge bottleneck. You still can't run Youtube in HD, you still can't do even basic work on high megapixel photo's, you can't watch MKV's, you can't play any games whatsoever, you can't multitask, it takes a half hour to unrar a 4GB file...

I just don't understand what peoples obsession is with going back to 90's performance when you clearly have the option to have 2011 performance for few dollars more.

The industry is shoving this Atom crap down our throats and we're buying it because we're dumb and cheap.

And to the member that claims to have run Vista on an Atom...really? I mean, really!? Doing a quick google search turned up that is virtually impossible. No Atom PC has ever shipped with Vista in retail. Even Microsoft doesn't support the Atom running Vista. I'm sure its possible, but even with an SSD, that'd be ridiculous. Like Windows XP on a Pentium 2 with 64MB of RAM ridiculous.

By EasyC on 1/6/2011 8:59:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, really. I'm not an "Average" user, so a little tweaking can go a longggg way. It booted up in under 45 seconds, and performed all the functions necessary to work as a carputer media hub. Would it run Crysis? No. But I think you're exaggerating your point just a smidgen.

I also got Vista to run effectively on a Via Nano too.

By PrezWeezy on 1/6/2011 1:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
You still can't run Youtube in HD, you still can't do even basic work on high megapixel photo's, you can't watch MKV's, you can't play any games whatsoever, you can't multitask, it takes a half hour to unrar a 4GB file...

Aaaand that's your problem. It wasn't designed for any of that. It's not designed to be your only computer either. It's designed to get word processing done, to watch a movie, or check your Facebook. It is supposed to be a minimal use PC. You are talking about power usage.

The only exception is that Youtube should work fine, but that's because Adobe can't write a program to save their lives. Flash runs entirely on the CPU, when it should be running on GPU. And while it sucks that it doesn't work, put the blame where it belongs.

The industry is shoving this Atom crap down our throats and we're buying it because we're dumb and cheap

I bought one because I had a use for it. As it is my atom does one single thing. And it's a desktop, not a netbook because I hate the small screen on netbooks. But it works fine for what I use it for. Then when I do any heavy lifting I use my real PC. Atom doesn't fit all usage scenario’s, but neither does i5/i7. Look at it as an accompaniment piece, not a whole orchestra.

how does it create its own category
By Disorganise on 1/5/2011 11:04:57 PM , Rating: 2
I've had an ASUS Eee PC T91 MT for ages that does the same thing. in fact it's multitouch so does that two finger zoom thing that isn't actually that useful

By damianrobertjones on 1/6/2011 8:01:57 AM , Rating: 2
It doesn't. Like any convertible tablet, Acer 1820ptz, latitude XT2, Dell Duo, HP tc1100, it's still a tablet with a keyboard.

Atom = trash
By Shadowmaster625 on 1/6/2011 10:30:10 AM , Rating: 2
I read until I see that it has an intel atom. Why in the world anyone would want to accept such trash in 2011 is beyond me.

RE: Atom = trash
By AkuPyro on 1/6/2011 4:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. The Atom line has come a long way from where it started, but it still doesn’t have the horsepower for what I would want on the go. I understand this thing is not meant to run what I would do on a day to day basis, but I would want the thing to perform above if not beyond on bare minimum task such as browsing the web and watching videos (if not both at the same time). It has been my experience that Atom CPU’s just plain suck in terms of running things, and I was using a dual core model. Part of the problem is Windows, of course, not to mention slow RPM HDD’s, but when it comes down to it, at $699 was it?, at least one of those AMD APU’s would due or an Intel ULV of sorts should be there to compensate. Of course if you can’t deliver the experience with Windows and some flavor of x86, there is ARM and Android people would be more than happy to accept in its place.

By rdhood on 1/6/2011 10:32:28 AM , Rating: 2
"price tag of $699" == DOA

Atom Z670
By dj LiTh on 1/8/2011 11:42:59 AM , Rating: 2
Unlike some users stated, Full-HD playback is going to be possible on this Atom, because it will have the Lincroft Z670 (Oaktrail) Generation in it.

Lincroft microprocessor
The Lincroft CPU (Z6xx) with the Whitney Point chipset will be included in the Oak Trail platform. Oak Trail will be a system-on-a-chip (SoC) just like Moorestown, which is aimed at smartphones. Unlike Moorestown, however, Oak Trail will include a PCI bus and will be able to run Windows. Oak Trail will be available in early 2011, according to Intel, and deliver up to a “50% reduction in average power consumption with full HD-video playback and targeting software choice including MeeGo, Windows 7 and Google operating systems".

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