Samsung Series 7 Slate, Asus Eee Slate EP121, and Acer Iconia Tab W500 are the three available tablets to install Windows 8 on a tablet and experience the touch features on a small screen. Among these tablets, Samsung Slate 7 is the premium tablet with some powerful hardware.
Samsung Series 7 Slate packs-in Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4 GB RAM, 1366 x 768 HD LED backlit display, and 64GB SSD, and latest connectivity features. By default, it’s loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) operating system.
If you have plans to install Windows 8 on this tablet or already installed Windows 8 on it, you will be glad to know that Samsung has made available for download the necessary hardware drivers for Windows 8.
An installation guide in PDF format, backup and restore guide, touch screen sensor firmware configuration update tool, ST micro rotation sensor driver for Windows (x86 and x64) are available for download.
Those of you are looking for a perfect-guide to prepare your slate for Windows 8 should go through the official installation guide to know the steps you need to follow to be able to successfully install and run Windows 8 on this Samsung tablet. The guide covers how to backup your data, update your slate’s firmware, configure your slate for UEFI boot, install Windows 8, install updates/drivers from Windows Update, install Intel Chipset drivers, install Intel HECI driver and other drivers.
If you are using any other tablets (or even Samsung Series 7) and want to the best ways install Windows 8, follow our how to install Windows 8 on tablets guide.
Advantages And Disadvantages Of Samsung's Series 7 Slate
Samsung's Series 7 Slate is a powerful touch-screen Windows 7 PC, with a very Windows-8-like optional interface.
However, the onscreen typing is finicky and headache-inducing. The sold-separately dock and keyboard are practically required.
The Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T is the fastest Windows 7 tablet we've tested, and paired with its optional accessories, it provides a very laptop-like experience, but one marred by the typical awkward onscreen Windows typing experience.
With all the hype surrounding the new Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, and favorites such as the iPad 2 and Asus Transformer, it's easy to forget that there are still new Windows tablets hitting stores. In fact, Windows tablets have been around for years, both as low-key industrial tools and as disappointingly underpowered consumer products.
Samsung has expanded its Series 7 line of products into tablet territory, calling its versions the Series 7 Slate 700T. Like the Asus EP121, it includes an Intel Core i5 processor, making it a much more useful device than the underpowered Intel Atom tablets that failed to impress us over the past few years.
The downside is that both this and the Asus version are much more expensive than the current best-selling tablet, Apple's $500 iPad.