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Samsung Series 7 11.6" Slate: Breathing New Life Into Tablet PCs
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Samsung's IPS Panel Under The MicroscopeSamsung's IPS Panel Under The Microscope

Under a microscope, it's difficult to distinguish the tell-tale features of this LCD screen, since Samsung uses a fairly thick sheet of glass. Even still, we're able to identify certain clues, like the small tab on the end of each subpixel. We're able to confirm our suspicion that this is a Samsung display by disassembling the Series 7 Slate and finding an SEC3052 IPS panel.

This is the first IPS-based tablet we've tested. But this isn't just any IPS panel, like the ones found on Apple's iPad and Asus' Transformer. Samsung is using the same Superbright Plus Technology (SPT) that originally debuted with its Series 9 notebooks. Most IPS panels deliver around 300 nits of luminance, but SPT claims to enable 400 nits without sacrificing 170o viewing angles. 

Compared to other IPS displays, the Series 7 Slate delivers slightly better color performance, but it falls short of the Galaxy Tab 10.1's gorgeous Super PLS panel.

Interestingly, Samsung's Slate has excellent contrast ratio. but that can't be attributable to its brightness because white luminance maxes out at 363 nits (lower than Samsung's claims). Thanks to deep blacks, however, the Series 7 11.6" Slate is still able to achieve a contrast ratio over 1000:1. This really helps when you're trying to discern details in movies with dark color palettes.

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    g-unit1111 , January 2, 2012 3:36 AM
    Do. Want. Finally - a tablet that doesn't require a proprietary operating system that needs 1,000,000,000 apps for every website on the internet in order to function properly. It has an SSD and not flash memory. It has a real working version of Windows - with a great interface on top of it. This looks like a tablet I can get behind.
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    friskiest , January 2, 2012 3:41 AM
    A5 vs SB,. hehehe (grinning :D )
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    g-unit1111 , January 2, 2012 3:36 AM
    Do. Want. Finally - a tablet that doesn't require a proprietary operating system that needs 1,000,000,000 apps for every website on the internet in order to function properly. It has an SSD and not flash memory. It has a real working version of Windows - with a great interface on top of it. This looks like a tablet I can get behind.
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    Anonymous , January 2, 2012 3:39 AM
    A very nice tablet! Hoping that ivy bridge will allow faster processers without creating too much heat and saving battery. I'm really looking into getting a tablet in the future to replace my notebook and this looks is very reassuring that things are improving :p .
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    friskiest , January 2, 2012 3:41 AM
    A5 vs SB,. hehehe (grinning :D )
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    Anonymous , January 2, 2012 4:33 AM
    What about the digitizer? I appreciate the comparisons to the Asus EEE Slate, but that has a 256-level pressure sensitive wacom digitizer on top of the screen. And no mention of it or what is on this device?
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    joytech22 , January 2, 2012 5:07 AM
    Yay finally, I saw this in shops around a month ago and wonder when tom's would cover it. :p 
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    Gamer-girl , January 2, 2012 5:11 AM
    The UI makes it seem like a smartphone. You keep mentioning the pen but there is no comparison? Does it have palm rejection?
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    theuniquegamer , January 2, 2012 5:27 AM
    Instead of current sandybridge (i.e hd 3000) the should give an amd llano which has a better gpu or the ivy bridge mobile cpus (which is with hd 4000 gpu) and a lower TDP.
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    alyoshka , January 2, 2012 6:22 AM
    Isn't it a little steep for a 1000$....??? After all it's a Samsung, 11.6Inch Tab.......
    I think it'd be a lot more wiser to buy a laptop for that price and get a much more efficient and powerful piece of tech.
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    alyoshka , January 2, 2012 6:26 AM
    I would have given the Note from Samsung a thought had it had 7.5 installed on it..... but again..... it's a samsung.....
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    dimar , January 2, 2012 6:26 AM
    Might get one once they upgrade to Ivy Bridge revision.. And by then, I hope Samsung can make it even lighter.
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    Anonymous , January 2, 2012 6:48 AM
    This model has a noticeable problem where the screen separates from the bezel. Was strongly considering buying this laptop before that, hopefully thou now it may be fixed.

    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/samsung/46145-everyone-who-own-slate-please-post-you-batchnumber-modelnummer-state-screen.html
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    joytech22 , January 2, 2012 8:49 AM
    Lol.. Ever tried NOT putting a video to Private that's in this article that was uploaded to Tom's channel?
    I mean.. -.-
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    gondor , January 2, 2012 9:46 AM
    Why is it called an ass wipe keyboard ? I'm sure the marketing team behind this brilliance could easily come up with something more catchy.
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    darkstar845 , January 2, 2012 12:12 PM
    Can't wait for future tablets when ivy bridge or haswell processors come out.
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 2, 2012 1:11 PM
    ^ and after that, "cant wait till silvermont launches"
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    hobojoe2012 , January 2, 2012 1:56 PM
    Over $1000 for PC without a keyboard and only one USB slot is NUTS! Samsung FAILS on this one.
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    falchard , January 2, 2012 2:11 PM
    I think Acer was more successful on this one with its A500 and W500 tablets. They have a better graphics chip.
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    ldetex , January 2, 2012 2:26 PM
    Instead of buying a case and a stand, why not put a hinge in the case and it would do double duty. Throw in a few keys into the base and you get more productive and dont have to worry about loss of the stylus. A super thin laptop with a great display and an SSD, such as LG has introduced into Japan, is so much better,
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    jemm , January 2, 2012 2:34 PM
    I´d get a notebook instead.
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