Photos: Samsung's Windows 8 ATIV tablets embrace x86 and RT

Photos: Samsung's Windows 8 ATIV tablets embrace x86 and RT

Summary: Samsung is aiming to beat its rivals in the Windows 8 arena and make inroads in the enterprise by offering a range of products, including the ATIV Tab, ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro.

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  • On the rear of the Samsung ATIV Tab, there's a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, capable of capturing full HD stills or 720p video footage. 

    It also has a micro-HDMI out port, Bluetooth 4.0 and some Samsung features such as a ChatOn mobile, a cross-platform IM service, Samsung Hub, and a Samsung Picks section in the Windows 8 app store.

    Image: Ben Woods

  • On the edge of the ATIV Tab's chassis is a microSD expansion slot that will support cards up to 64GB, and the tablet comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage as standard.

    It has a full-size USB port, and buyers can choose to add 3G or 4G LTE connectivity.

    The tablet measures just 8.9mm thick, making it slightly slimmer than Apple's recently announced fourth-generation iPad.

    Samsung has not said how much the tablet will cost nor when it will launch in the UK.

    Image: Ben Woods

  • The ATIV Tab runs the RT version of Windows, which means it can't use existing x86 apps developed for Windows 7 or Windows 8. By contrast, the ATIV Smart PC (shown) uses the full-fat version of Microsoft's new OS, which can run either 'Windows 8 style apps' (formerly called Metro) or traditional desktop apps.

    Launched first at IFA at the end of October, the ATIV Smart PC is a tablet with an 11.6-inch, 1,366-by-768-pixel display that can dock into a keyboard for a more laptop-like experience.

    Image: Ben Woods

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Topics: Tablets, Mobility, Samsung, Windows

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  • Pro Doc have a battery?

    Does the Pro Keyboard/Dock have a battery in it?
    AceOfClubs
    • Answer No

      Found my answer, the answer is no according to trusted reviews, review of the ATIV Smart PC Pro
      AceOfClubs
      • Too bad...

        they missed an opportunity there.
        Badgered
        • I agree.

          With a battery in the keyboard battery life could be close to arm tablets, although it would add a lot to the total weight. Also, it would have helped the tendency for the computer not to tip over when docked.
          Sam Wagner
        • still a possibility for later thou

          From what I am reading they made the keyboard of metal to balance it out.

          I am hoping they release have another keyboard that includes the battery and backlit keys. I would not be surprised they did not release it paired for cost reasons.

          I would purchase a battery keyboard (100-200) if it was offered. The original would be relegated to a desktop dock while the new battery one would be the new travel dock.
          AceOfClubs
        • Thanks for finding that out.

          Having just seen the Acer line up, that was a little bit of a shame. That 16 hour claimed life (admittedly on arm) blew my mind. I think it's going to be interesting to see how the clover trail Vs icore tablet performance plays out now they're actually on the horizon.

          I'm definitely not bashing Atom - Right now I'm on my 2008 N270 Samsung NC10 which I have just upgraded to Win8 pro. Sure I did the 2GB upgrade, but performance is perfect and a full run down earlier got my 6 hours battery life, which is the same this machine gets on Linux, win 7, XP... you name it.

          I'm very interested in clover trail for the reason of that netbook. Sure my MBA runs a dual core i7, but it does amaze me how, 4 years on the little 32bit 1.6 N270 is able to do 95% of what I ask it to do. Sure the netbook is now let down by it's 950 graphics, but it can (just) virtualise light OS. Sure it doesn't break records in any regard, but it's update today has reminded me of it's power.

          It's going to be interesting to see if the core processors can offer the benefits their prices carry over atom and Hondo in the tablet market. I don't question that they're awesome - after all we're talking about ultrabooks with touch screens, but as we're entering a reboot of the intel tablet era, it's going to be interesting to see how software developers use core power in tablets.
          MarknWill
          • Intel's claim

            is that the Z2760 will match ARM on power and price. Thing is, it only seems to match a dual-core ARM on performance... most of the RT tablets are going four core, many on the Tegra 3 T30 (haven't seen a T33 yet). And of course, Apple and now Google are delivering much faster dual core ARM systems, which suggests that RT may get a boost soon, if this first generation is at all successful.

            My Transformer Infinity with keyboard really can run about 14 hours... could be that the lower resolution screen and lower clock speed on the Asus RT machine extends this to 16 hours. Or maybe they beefed up the tablet battery a bit -- I'd be surprised if the keyboards were different, other than perhaps changing the HOME key to a Windows key or something.
            Hazydave
  • Huuuu!

    Huuu the back key board docking is pretty but the tablet is really ugly!!

    THe tablet back is worst.... Huuu...
    EricDeBerg
  • Windows RT vs Android

    Interesting to compare the specs of the Ativ Tab with the Android equivalent, the Galaxy Note 10.1. The Android tablet gets a quad-core processor and sensors (accelerometer, compass, light and gyroscope), while the Windows version has to settle for slightly more screen pixels.

    Software-wise, the Android version gets better media format/codec compatibility, while the Windows one gets that included crippled version of Microsoft Office.

    Knowing how other devices have turned out, they'll probably charge twice as much for the Windows version...
    ldo17
  • Similar with Asus

    Their first Windows RT tablet, VivoTab TF50, seems to be an Transformer TF300 with the battery from the TF700 and a slightly jacked up clock speed. They didn' t bother to change the screen from 1280x800 to MS's preferred 1366x768 resolution. And they're charging more for the RT-driven 32GB TF600 than a 64GB TF700 with Android -- that's the cost of Microsoft's software license at work there.
    Hazydave
    • Whoops...

      TF600 of course, not TF50.
      Hazydave
  • .....

    this article has so short contents that cant know the new PC series well... i hoped this gave more but...
    MhDean