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Samsung Presents Windows 7-based iPad 2 Rival

Samsung has been extremely active at IFA and launched a new tablet which runs on Windows 7, is Wacom-enabled and features a dual core processor (you can check the hands-on here (opens in new tab)).

The tablet, called the Series 7 Slate, comes with a 11.6-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1366x768 pixel resolution, Windows 7 Home Premium and surprise, surprise, a dual core i5-2467M processor rather than an Intel Atom.

There's also 4GB RAM, either a 64GB or 128GB SSD, instant power on and fast boot times with a six hours battery life likely to be the norm.

There's a full size USB port, a SIM slot (embedded 3G modem), a microHDMI and a stylus pen, not unlike the one that accompanies the Samsung Note, a three megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel model in the front.

The device hasn't been officially launched in the UK but will be available at $1099 for the base system and $1349 for the version that includes 128GB, a docking station and a keyboard.

The Series 7 slate is 13mm thick and weighs around 900g which is way higher than the rest of the competition (it does have a bigger screen and a much higher resolution though).

Whether it will be able to rival the iPad 2 remains to be seen but given that Windows 8 will launch on tablets next year, we wouldn't bet against that.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.