Samsung breaks out Windows-based ATIV devices: in pictures

Samsung breaks out Windows-based ATIV devices: in pictures

Summary: Samsung showed off a range of Windows 8-powered mobile devices at IFA in Berlin - two Smart PC hybrid tablet-notebooks, a 10.1-inch tablet and a smartphone.


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  • Samsung has taken the wraps off a range of Windows-powered devices at IFA in Berlin, breaking out a new brand for the two Smart PCs, phone and tablet.

    ATIV (the Latin word 'vita', or 'life', spelt backwards) is the umbrella name for the family of Windows-powered devices, the South Korean company announced on Wednesday.

    Heading up the new range is a pair of tablet/notebook hybrids, the ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro. The Windows 8 devices come with a detachable keyboard-docking station that lets users switch between a tablet and clamshell design.

    The lower-specced ATIV Smart PC (pictured) has an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768-pixel resolution) screen, Intel Atom processor, 2GB memory and 128GB flash hard drive. The front camera is a 2-megapixel affair, while the main camera on the rear is 8-megapixels. The device is 9.9mm thick (making it the same depth as the ZTE Grand X) and weighs 750g in tablet form or 1.45kg with the dock.

    Both Smart PCs come with a "10-finger multitouch screen", which Samsung says allows for more interactive touchscreen gestures, and both are equipped with the Wacom-made S Pen stylus.

    Rounding off the key specs are multiple USB 2.0 ports (two of which are on the keyboard), mini HDMI port, 3G/4G connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.

    Samsung declined to comment on the release date for the device nor pricing in the UK. However, a company executive told ZDNet's Ed Bott that the family of ATIV devices will range in price from $799 to $1,199 in the US, and from 799 to 1,199 in Europe.

    The South Korean hardware maker also told Bott that the devices will not come with S Launcher, the Windows Start menu replacement seen in engineering samples.

    Image credit: Samsung

  • The beefier ATIV Smart PC Pro comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, a higher-resolution (1920 x 1080) display and a 256GB SSD hard drive.

    The trade-off is a shorter battery life, at eight hours as opposed to the Smart PC's stated 13.5 hours. The Pro is also slightly heavier and thicker: it weighs 884g as a tablet, 1.6kg as a clamshell, and is 11.9mm thick.

    Here, the PC Pro tablet is shown docked with the keyboard.

    Like its better specced sibling, the Smart PC Pro also comes with two additional USB ports on the keyboard, and also has one USB 3.0 port on the unit itself. Other connectivity features such as mobile data and Bluetooth remain the same as the Smart PC.

    Image credit: Samsung

Topics: Mobility, Samsung, Smartphones, Tablets, Windows

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  • Anxious to see all the convertibles and detachables that W8 oems

    come out with this fall. This one looks good but can be topped. And what where they thinking with that raised physical windows button on the WP8? Wow. Note to samsung: You need designers, and not just because your android phones look like iphones.
    Johnny Vegas
  • Not liking the looks of the WP8 phone hardware

    I'm getting very bored with the F700 style of smartphone. Nokia's hardware is a breath of fresh air in this market. Kudos to Samsung for creating a hardware look that is so iconic but I'm guessing Nokia is going to have the more unique looking hardware.
    • Nope

      And thanks to Windows Phone, Nokia can finally design hardware case to look unique what they otherwise couldn't do with Android.

      710 model has better design than 800 and 900. Thats why in the only country where Nokia has succeeded (zombi followers) most (almost all) prefers 710 over any other model because design is much better. But even most of them when asked, prefers Galaxy S series or iPhone design.
  • Oooh...

    It's my ASUS Tranformer on steroids. Can't wait for some of these devices to start hitting store shelves! Not that it matters, all that mcuh, since my wife'll divorce me if I buy another piece of tech in the next 6 months.
    • heh know what you mean

      There's just too many great gadgets around!
  • Disappointing

    So far the surface will be my RT choice if they want to compete OEMS will have to do better.
  • 8 hours battery life

    Core i5 tablet with inline designed keyboard dock. Sounds really nice. I wonder what GPU they are using.

    Still waiting to see the specs of the asus transformer line. It has the same tablet/keyboard dock design and I recall reading about a built in nvidia gpu and extra battery in the keyboard dock for their core i5 model.

    Very exciting.
  • An actual "lap"top

    While the Microsoft Surface devices look really nice, I often want to have a device that will sit on my lap while I'm on a couch, typing emails. This is the first Windows 8 hybrid device that looks like it might work in that scenario.
  • Q: Does screen clip into keyboard in landscape AND portrait modes?

    For us humble business users, most 16x9 laptop screens don't allow you to view a full page from an 8.5"x11" document large enough to actually read it.

    If convertible tablet/clamshells allowed you to use the screen in portrait mode (vertically) with the keyboard, you could view a full page from an 8.5"x11" document large enough to read it while doing some serious computing.

    I hope Samsung et al are paying attention and fixing this in the design of their convertibles.
    • Nope

      There's a 12-pin connector and two hardware latches that handle the physical docking and electrical hookup. There's no room for them on the short edge. And the lid wouldn't close in that configuration.
      Ed Bott
      • landscape AND portrait modes for convertibles

        Ed, are there any solutions out there for what I'm talking about?
  • Goodbye Android

    Clearly Samsung was planning for the worst case scenario even before the verdict in their trial with Apple came in. I suspect that verdict will accelerate the rush to Windows Phone 7 among other OEMs as well. Perhaps that was Apple's objective all along, suing the hardware makers to get at Google indirectly. And, at the same time, giving a boost to their one time nemesis Microsoft. How ironic is that?

    How successful Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT will be remains to be seen. But Microsoft deserves props for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 for not copying Apple for a change. The litigious environment between Apple and other mobile developers will almost certainly rebound to Microsoft's advantage - and to Google's disadvantage - now that OEMs have viable alternative operating systems to turn to, both for tablets and for smart phones.

    Whether Windows RT powered tablets will compete successfully with Android tablets is an open question, of course. And the OEMs will be in a win/win situation, making both tablet flavors and letting the market decide. Rather than competing directly with Android (and iOS), Windows RT will probably open up an entirely new market niche, just as the iPad did for Apple. If Windows tablets compete with anything, it may be with ultrabooks, which will also soon be running Windows 8. Pity the poor consumer who will have to decide between a Windows tablet, a Windows tablet-PC hybrid and a Windows ultrabook PC.

    Hopefully these varieties of Windows devices will not result in the kind of fragmentation that has afflicted Android. Theoretically, at least, the OEMs won't be able to mess up Windows the way they have Android, inhibiting OS and software upgrades and limiting device life-cycles. This would certainly give consumers a break.
    • I believe you mean

      Windows Phone 8 not Windows Phone 7?
      Sam Wagner
    • Nope

      Nope, Samsung is still focusing to Android. It just happened that Trial and Windows 8 release scheduled to same week.

      And Trial didn't even touch Android, only Samsung. And it didn't touch world, only one country.
      • but

        it touched $1 billion dollars!

        Doctor evil would be lovin it!
        • New approach

          its not the end of the game, looks like Samsung is opening another window of opportunity
    • If you are right that will be a shame

      Android is a brilliant OS with the style and feel of iOS but without lock in to the Apple infrastructure or restriction to expensive devices only. Apples despicable lawsuit was a joke - it MAY have been correct in legal terms but the patents they were granted were ridiculous in the first place. You cannot "invent" a rectangle with rounded corners!

      It remains to be seen if Microsoft will give the freedom that Android users have to get software wherever they want to. In my view it is too different to iOS to be "competition" for it.

      It will be a sad and expensive world if the only two mobile OSs are owned by Microsoft and Apple because both these companies prefer to make their money out of consumers rather that out of advertising as Google does. I predict that if the only competition is between iOs and Windows then you will see the price of apple devices rise and their sales still go higher. Windows phones will also get more expensive without the low cost android.

      The ONLY loser in the law suit is, as usual the consumer. It is time that consumers found an effective way to control what companies do!
  • Samsung ATIV Tablet

    Have a look at Hands on with Samsung ATIV Tablet ( with a Screenshot Gallery) Article
  • Ballmer says...

    It seems the hardware guys got the message. Let's roll some fine Surfaces later this year and then get back to writing software...
  • Very funny

    Maybe there is something to Samsung riding the designs of others to enter a new market! That looks a whole lot like my Asus Transformer Prime. I'm sure it will also look a lot like the Windows 8 Asus tablet with keyboard dock.