Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 tablets revealed

Samsung's cats are leaping out of their bags at an astounding rate, following the earlier revelation of the company's new Windows Phone 8 handset, the ATIV S, and its first Windows RT device, the ATIV Tab.

Ahead of an expected official announcement later today, The Verge has revealed two Windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro. Both devices feature 11.6" displays with Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution, as well as a keyboard 'dock'.

Both devices are also said to include support for Samsung's S-Pen stylus, allowing users to annotate directly onto the display; Samsung will bundle its own S-Note app to complement other apps and programs that support stylus input.

The Pro version is believed to have an Intel Core i5 processor, while the 'standard' version is said to feature an Intel Atom chip.


Source: The Verge

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Princess Chica Ami said,
I think that Surface just got owned by Samsung Smart PC. =D

Better specs.
Better battery life.
Better design.
and most of all it has 3G/4G which Surface lacks.

Considering we don't yet know everything about Surface I wouldn't say that just yet. Also I'd wait for full pricing details.

I think the one thing I like about Apple is that I can actually understand their entire product line. The naming scheme for some these (Samsung) products is almost impossible to keep straight.

Samsung are back in the game now, for me. I was confident I would be getting a Microsoft Surface and a Nokia Windows Phone; however, as these ATIV Samsung PCs and phones all look consistent, I'm seriously considering these. I'll wait to see if Nokia announce a Windows Phone that looks very similar to the Microsoft Surface tablet, but if they don't, the ATIV range may well be the winner for me, due to the consistency.

(All devices I've mentioned here have the specs I'm after, you see).

Calum said,
Samsung are back in the game now, for me. I was confident I would be getting a Microsoft Surface and a Nokia Windows Phone; however, as these ATIV Samsung PCs and phones all look consistent, I'm seriously considering these. I'll wait to see if Nokia announce a Windows Phone that looks very similar to the Microsoft Surface tablet, but if they don't, the ATIV range may well be the winner for me, due to the consistency.

(All devices I've mentioned here have the specs I'm after, you see).

Samsung does make good hardware, but I'm not sold on the keyboard dock. The Surface's 3mm thin keyboard/cover is hard to beat, maybe the keyboard dock allows for a better typing experience, but I'm thinking more along the lines of portability while retaining a true keyboard. As a business user, I'm not going to take my keyboard dock with me in meetings half the time, but I will take my protective cover that doubles as a keyboard. Oh ya, plus I don't want my tablet to look like an Ultrabook.

NocturnalAlloy said,

Samsung does make good hardware, but I'm not sold on the keyboard dock. The Surface's 3mm thin keyboard/cover is hard to beat, maybe the keyboard dock allows for a better typing experience, but I'm thinking more along the lines of portability while retaining a true keyboard. As a business user, I'm not going to take my keyboard dock with me in meetings half the time, but I will take my protective cover that doubles as a keyboard. Oh ya, plus I don't want my tablet to look like an Ultrabook.


Those are great points! I am hoping my hybrid would be able to double as a notebook and tablet, so that I don't need to buy those as two separate devices, so if typing on Surface's protective cover keyboard is just as good as this (or even better), I may well end up going for the Surface. I do think the Surface looks better overall, too

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Apparently the Pro version has 4GB of memory, doesn't seem like a lot in today's computers.

But that's decent enough for a machine like this running W8. I have a laptop with half those specs and it runs very nicely.

laserfloyd said,

But that's decent enough for a machine like this running W8. I have a laptop with half those specs and it runs very nicely.

Oops, didn't see the PRO part of that comment. Yeah, that is a little low for a pro machine. I guess they just mean Pro version of 8? Eh, it's a tablet. It should be ok.

calimike said,
Series 5 Slate is renamed to Samsung ATIV Smart PC, say Samsung's host Topaz

Thanks, makes more sense. Though completely stupid to announce two different brands on the same day.

calimike said,
Series 5 Slate is renamed to Samsung ATIV Smart PC, say Samsung's host Topaz

Thanks, makes more sense. Though completely stupid to announce two different brands on the same day.

So whats the point of the Series 5 and 7? Only difference seems to be the atom powered series 5 has a lower res screen than its ativ counterpart so who would buy that?

efjay said,
So whats the point of the Series 5 and 7? Only difference seems to be the atom powered series 5 has a lower res screen than its ativ counterpart so who would buy that?

I think they're the same product. Don't know why they have different names. The series 5 and the Ativ Smart PC (not pro) both have the same resolution, the neowin article has an error.

efjay said,
So whats the point of the Series 5 and 7? Only difference seems to be the atom powered series 5 has a lower res screen than its ativ counterpart so who would buy that?

Enormously superior battery life.