Samsung teases Windows 8 tablet hybrid launch at IFA 2012

Another promotion for Samsung's next trade show suggests we'll see the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid, announced last June.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, Samsung, tablets

The IFA trade show kicks off in Berlin Friday, and Samsung on Monday posted its latest tease suggesting the company will unveil a Windows 8 tablet hybrid during the annual tech event.

The Korea-based electronics maker on Monday added a new photo of a Windows 8 tablet to the Samsung Notebook Facebook page with the tag line "Ready to be smart? IFA 2012 Berlin." The image shows a tablet with a Windows 8 Start screen and right underneath the tablet is a laptop keyboard, suggesting this will be a hybrid product.

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Samsung's latest tease follows a YouTube post from last Tuesday entitled "Something Smart is Coming." In the 37-second video tease, Samsung shows us several glimpses of a silver laptop clamshell, but never lets us see the device's screen. Given that both teases are linked to the Samsung Notebook Facebook page and share the same "smart" promotion, it's a good bet we're looking at the same product.

It's not clear when the device would launch, but the YouTube video's caption suggests it will be available before the launch of Windows 8 on October 26. "Take a look at this video for a glimpse into our newest Windows-8-ready [sic] innovation," the caption reads. The phrase Windows 8-ready suggests the device will ship with Windows 7 and able to upgrade to Windows 8 (most likely with a $15 upgrade fee) in October. Fujitsu recently announced a similar Windows 8-ready product, the Stylistic Q702.

Series 5 Hybrid?


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