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Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Unlike some of its most popular offerings in the worldwide tablet market, Samsung’s Series 7 11.6-inch Slate doesn’t run a version of Android. Instead, it comes with 64-bit Windows 7 pre-installed as its operating system, and it utilizes an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM as standard. As you can imagine, it’s one powerful tablet computer. It comes with the rather predictable downside of being very disappointing when it comes to battery life, though. So if you need something long lasting, you better look away.

As its name suggests, this tablet comes equipped with an 11.6-inch LED-backlit touchscreen display which has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. This makes it capable of displaying HD video quite easily and perfect for watching movies with its 16:9 aspect ratio. In terms of wireless features, it has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. It even supports Intel’s WiDi technology which will enable it to connect to any compatible display wirelessly.

The thing that really sets it apart from many other tablets on the market that you might have already heard of is the fact that it runs the full version of the Windows 7 desktop software. You can run any and all compatible Windows 7 software programs. And with the included keyboard dock plus the option to use a mouse, you can easily turn it into a much more portable laptop replacement.

Before you start to think that this Samsung tablet is the answer to all of your mobile computing problems, you should know that based on test results conducted for various reviews, it can’t even achieve 4 hours of use per charge. The onboard Intel processor is simply that much more of a power hog and as such, it’s difficult to seriously consider this as a main mobile computing device. Perhaps if you really can’t survive without using Windows on your tablet PC, this is worth the struggle with battery life. And you’ll know exactly how tough that struggle will be, especially since you will have to pay the $1000+ price tag first to get started using it.

Need To Know: Samsung Series 7 11.6-inch Slate

1. Configured to work with the full desktop version of Windows 7 64-bit right out of the box. (The Good)

2. 11.6-inch 1366x768 pixel resolution screen is much beter than what’s on offer with other tablets in the market. (The Good)

3. Battery life is very short as a result of using a mobile Intel Core processor and running full versions of desktop software. (The Bad)

4. The price is rather high considering that many other models with longer battery life and better mobility features are available for less than half the price. (The Bad)


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
11.6"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TouchArcade

Mining and Match-Three are a match made in heaven apparently, as Puzzle to the Center of the Earth has demonstrated. If you're a fan of digging down into the depths and testing your mind with clever puzzles, this is a no-brainer.

- Chris Carter, TouchArcade
Tech Advisor

Samsung has packed an entire Intel Core i5 laptop into a slim, light slate tablet that comes with a Bluetooth keyboard. Too bad it had to pack a fan in there, too.

- Michelle Mastin, Tech Advisor
Pocket-lint

This is one of the nicest Windows touch machines we've seen, and it's ideal for anyone who needs a tablet PC for entertainment or work and is prepared to pay for it. It's light, fast, easy to use, and with a sensitive touch screen - and it's a full desktop class PC wrapped up in a tablet shell. It's...

- Chris Holmes, Pocket-lint
Wired

But the real issues with the Series 7 aren’t Samsung’s, they’re Microsoft’s. To date, most Windows tablets are targeted for “vertical markets” like healthcare and manufacturing management, where users are constantly on their feet and need full-on Windows at the re...

- Christopher Null, Wired
Engadget

There's nothing quite like the Series 7 Slate. Windows 7 tablets, yes, but they're mostly still chugging along on weaker Atom processors. Serious Android ones that accept pen input? Point, Lenovo. Tablets that easily morph into a dumbed-down laptop replacement thanks to a custom dock or case? There'...

- Dana Wollman, Engadget


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Screen Size
11.6"

The Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate's screen size is 11.6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a Core i5-2467M 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
5520mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 5520 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 4 days standby time, 3 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Series 7 11.6" Slate Specs

Overview
Release date November 20, 2011
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
Networks
No
SIM card size
No
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Core i5-2467M 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 64 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 5520 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 4 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 7.2 x 0.5 cm (4.6 x 2.8 x 0.2 in)
Weight 898 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 11.6 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Superbright Plus Technology
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
up to 20 minutes
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T, Samsung XE700T1A

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