Samsung has used the IFA 2012 show in Berlin to launch a refreshed range of Windows 8-powered all-in-one PCs, the Series 5 and the Series 7. Both boast 10-point touch displays, taking full advantage of the new OS.
The updated Samsung Series 7 will come in a choice of two 1080p display sizes – 23-inch or 27-inch.
Under the hood, the 23-inch Series 7 will run on a Core i5 CPU and 6GB of RAM, while being supported by the Intel Graphics 4000 integrated GPU solution.
Meanwhile the 27-inch Series 7 ramps things up with a core i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM, backed by a dedicated AMD Radeon HD 7850M graphics card. Both feature 1TB of storage.
The two Samsung Series 7 PCs will be released on October 26, when Windows 8 itself launches. The 23-inch version will retails for $1,099, while the 27-inch will go for £1,699.
Elsewhere the new Samsung Series 5 is being described by Samsung as a “kitchen-style PC,” which should tell you everything about its design. And no, that doesn’t mean it’s coated in Teflon.
The Series 5 is an altogether more compact all-in-one Windows 8 machine, with a 21.5-inch display and a facility to tuck its keyboard under the display. It’s nothing clever – just supporting legs that sit at either end of the machine.
As you’d expect for a $749 price tag the Samsung Series 5 is more modestly specced than its Series 7 big brothers. It runs on a Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, and features a 500MB hard drive.
Again, the Windows 8-equipped Samsung Series 5 will launch on October 26, when the OS itself will be made available to the world.
One interesting feature that unites all three machines is a gesture recognition system that utilises each device’s 1.3-megapixel web cams. With a flick of the wrist you’ll be able to flip pages, start videos, change the volume and more.
We can expect to see plenty more exciting new Windows 8 product reveals leading up to October 26, so stay tuned.