Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 4:06 PM —
Samsung has for once outweighed its Android announcements with Windows news! Following the surprise reveal of the Ativ S, it turns out that our guess was right and Samsung's got a new brand for all Windows-related products. The company revealed a trio of droolworthy devices running both Windows 8 and Windows RT, so for more on all of them head on past the break.
The most exciting entry may the official reveal of Samsung's first Windows RT device, the Ativ Tab. The device uses an unspecified 1.5 GHz dual core processor alongside its 10.1-inch 1366x768 display, 5-megapixel rear camera capable of shooting up to 720p video, 1.9-megapixel front facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 or 32 GB storage options. Most impressive is the Ativ Tab's thickness, which is 8.9 mm (and only 0.2 mm thicker than the Ativ S phone). Rounding out the features is a 8200 mAh battery, Micro HDMI port, microSD card slot, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and a USB 2.0 port.
Next up is Samsung's official Windows 8 tablet, the Ativ Smart PC. The tablet steps up in size to a larger 11.6-inch 1366x768 display on top, but underneath the hood there's a next-generation Intel Atom processor along with 2 GB of RAM. The Smart PC also brags about its stereo speakers, rear 8-megapixel camera (up to 720p video recording), front-facing 2-megapixel camera, 3G and 4G LTE support, micro HDMI port, microSD card support, and multiple USB 2.0 ports. One more unique trait to the Smart PC is the integrated Pen (i.e. stylus) support that will be very useful with the new OneNote. It's rated at about 13.5 hours of battery life
Finally there's the Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro for the power users with plenty of disposable cash. The screen size is the same, although with the Pro the resolution is an eye-watering, Full HD 1920x1080. Beating at the core of this tablet is an Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB of DDR RAM, and up to 256 GB SSD storage. Most of the other specs carry over from the non-pro Smart PC, although with all of this extra performance battery life is rated much lower at 8 hours.
Both Samsung's Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro tablets will be offered with a keyboard accessory, as pictured. We have to admit, Samsung has done a great job distinguishing themselves from the Surface a bit by sticking to the tried and true laptop form factor, even if it's not quite as slick. We'll have to wait and see just how the Ativ Smart PC's and the Ativ Tab stack up against other offerings later in the year.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow