Computex: Samsung Series 5 Hybrid tablet
The tablet-with-keyboard-dock form factor is becoming popular and Samsung has one in the name of the Series 5 Hybrid tablet running Windows 8.
Samsung put the tablet on display at their booth in Computex but placed it inside a glass (or thick, transparent polycarbonate) cage so we can really look much closer or take better pictures.
Based on some limited info shared with us by folks at the booth, the Series 5 Hybrid tablet will most likely be running an Intel Cedar Trail processor (that’s the latest Atom CPU that only uses 2 watts). There’s a possibility they will also add another variant using a dual-core ULV processor.
The display size is pegged at 11.6 inches with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, has an 8-megapixel rear camera, and the works. With a net weight of 1.5lbs and just 9mm (0.35″) thin frame, the looks like a real portable hybrid tablet.
The tablet also comes with that familiar docking keyboard but instead of hinges to secure it in, Samsung is using magnets to set the tablet in place. We’re hoping that’s strong enough to keep the tablet from randomly dislodging itself away from the dock.
What’s interesting is that Samsung is claiming up to 10 hours of battery life on the combined tablet and dock. Hopefully, it is really near that rating because our experience with similar Atom-based netbooks running Windows 7 does not match the promised number of hours.