On the scheduled October 26th launch date for Microsoft’s Windows 8, Samsung plans to release two new touch-enabled all-in-ones for the kitchen and the living room, together with six Windows 8 mobile PCs.
Previewed on Monday night at Samsung’s “Framing the Future’ press event in New York City, the new all-in-one PCs include the Series 5 All-in-One, a 21.5-inch model targeted at the kitchen, and the living room-oriented Series 7 All-in-One, set for availability in the slightly bigger sizes of 23.6- and 27-inches.
Both all-in-ones will be outfitted with 10-finger touch capabilities to take advantage of the multi-touch functionality of Microsoft Windows 8 and the forthcoming new generation of Windows apps.
The Series 7, though, will also add Samsung’s “hand gesture control” technology to let you control the PC by hand from across the room, with no need to touch the screen.
In a series of demos, Charles Young, a Samsung field marketing rep, and others at the event showed how you can open an app by raising your hand at the screen and then close the app by making a fist, for instance.
Samsung also supports hand gesture control — along with voice recognition control — in its HDTVs. Yet although more information might well emerge in time for product release, Samsung gave no indication during Monday’s all-in-one PC previews that voice control will get that kind of support in Samsung’s Windows 8 PCs.
The Series 7 All-in-One will be wall-mountable, although the Series 5 will not, according to Young. However, users will be able to tuck a keyboard and mouse between the legs of the base on the Series 5, for use with “classic” Windows apps which aren’t touch-enabled.
In addition, families that own Samsung HDTVs can use the same stand that supports the TV to prop up an all-in-one, Young told DesktopReview.
Beyond the two new all-in-ones, rounding out the slate of eight Windows 8 PCs from Samsung are the following mobile PC models: the Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch; the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook; updated editions of Samsung’s Series 7 and Series 3 notebooks; and two new tablet convertibles: the ATIV Smart PC 500T and ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T. Read on below for more details about the Windows 8 all-in-ones.
The 21.5-inch LED display on the Samsung Series 5 provides 250 nit brightness and resolution of 1920×1080.
The kitchen-inspired all-in one uses an Intel i3-3220T processor. Priced at $799.99, the Series 5 comes with a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of memory.
Series 7 All-in-One
Brightness and screen resolution are the same for the Series 7’s 23.6- and 27-inch screens as for the Series 5’s 21-.5-inch LED. Both of the Series 7 models include a 1TB hard drive.
Priced at $1,099.99, the 23.6-inch model uses an Intel Core i5-3470T processor. The 27-inch all-in-one, on the other hand, is built on an Intel Core i7-3770T processor. The 23.6-inch model comes with 6GB RAM, whereas the 27-inch version supplies 8GB RAM. Not uncoincidentally, pricing for the larger-screen model is $600 higher at $1,699.99.