As Windows 8 Looms, Samsung Announces New Touch Friendly All-in-One Desktops

Ready or not, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and that means a new generation of touch friendly devices like all-in-one desktops, tablet PCs, and even a new generation of notebooks and Ultrabooks with touchscreen panels. In preparation for Windows 8's coming out party, Samsung today announced at IFA 2012 its new Series 7 and Series 5 AIO desktop lines.

"Our new Series 7 and Series 5 All-In-One PCs are designed to meet a range of consumer needs across the home, all within highly stylized form factors that users will be proud to put on display," said Todd Bouman, vice president of product marketing at Samsung’s Enterprise Business Division. "The expansion of our AIO line speaks to the success we’ve had in the PC market over the past year. Both of these new models take Samsung’s convergence technologies to the next level, completing the home computing experience by connecting the PC to other devices in the home environment."

Samsung Series 7 All-in-One

Sleek, sexy, and ready to be groped, Samsung designed its new AIO systems specifically for Windows 7. MSRP for the Series 5 model is $749, which gets you a 21.5-inch touchscreen display with a Full HD 1080p resolution, Intel Core i3 3220T processor, 4GB of DDR3-1600, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 14W speakers, 1.3MP webcam with hand gesture recognition, 802.11n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, multi-card reader, and of course Windows 8.

There will be two Series 7 models, including a 23.6-inch version that starts at $1,099, and a 27-inch system that starts at $1,699. Sadly, Samsung uses the same Full HD 1080p resolution for all three systems, even though the 27-inch display begs for tighter pixel density and has the requisite GPU horsepower (AMD Radeon HD 7850M) to drive something higher than 1080p.

Samsung Series 7

Otherwise, these look to be fine systems for the money. The 23.6-inch model boasts an Intel Core i5 3470T processor, 6GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and 1TB of storage, along with everything else included in the Series 5. Samsung's 27-inch model ups the performance ante even further with a Core i7 3770T processor, 8GB of RAM, and the above mentioned discrete GPU (the other two systems rock Intel HD 4000 graphics).

All three systems will debut the same day as Windows 8 (October 26, 2012).