By Chris Wright
on 8.29.12
Photo by Samsung

Ultrabooks, tablets, and Andre the Giant-sized phones have already made the world of mobile computing a muddled mess, and the newly announced Samsung Series 5 and 7 Slate PCs aren’t here to help. The 11.6-inch hybrids are part of a new wave of Windows 8 powered franken-slates looking to blend the computing talents of laptops and tablets into one mobile grail.

First up is the entry level Series 5, which boasts a power-sipping Intel Atom processor good for up to 9 hours of battery life, plus a 1,366 x 768 screen, 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid-state drive, for a cool $749. If you’re willing to spend $1,119, the beefier Series 7 features a 1080p screen, a powerful Intel i5 CPU — which cuts battery time roughly in half compared to the 5 — in addition to 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.

While Windows 8 serves as the base OS, Samsung has tweaked the system to support their trademark S Pen, the same stylus found on the Galaxy Note 10.1. If typing is more your thing, the sturdy latch-based keyboard mechanism allows users to get their QWERTY on with ease.

Both All-in-Ones are expected to hit shelves on October 26th, a.k.a the official launch date of Windows 8. So you’ll have to chill until then to judge how the big Ocho jives with Samsung’s tablet prowess. Pretending the tablet and keyboard are a docking space station while playing Also sprach Zarathustra might make the wait totally worth it.

Buy Now: $749+ (Available October 26th)

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