Samsung is really set on making this stylus thing work. The new Series 5 and Series 7 Slate PCs look pretty good—the versions we saw last week weren't final—but they might have a little catching up to do as well.
The Series 5 and 7 look totally fine, by most standards. Pretty good, actually. They're well-thought-out machines that are pretty well designed. But it feels like that just won't be enough for the coming onslaught of Windows 8 gear. The new Vaio Duo looks beautiful, and other converters, like the Lenovo Yoga are already out there looking amazing. So while these are pretty good, we hope that gets bumped up to pretty great by the time they launch, or it could get ugly for Samsung.
The Series 7 Slate will have a 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display, weigh 1.89 lbs. with dimensions of
11.6" x 7.2" x 0.5", 4GB of RAM, and come with an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor. The Series 5 will have the same 11.6-inch display, but at 1366x760 resolution. It will also have an ATOM Z2760 processor instead of a Core series, and half the RAM and storage at 2GB and 64GB. It's a little lighter and thinner, too, at 1.65 pounds 0.38 inches thick.
The Series 7 costs $1200, while the Series 5 is available for $750 with the keyboard dock, and $650 without it.
Update: Samsung is calling these the Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, but that could just be the difference between European and American branding. We'll let you know if anything else changes specs-wise.