Samsung's ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 tablet now on sale for $599

In June, Samsung announced some new Windows 8 products, including the 10.1 inch ATIV Tab 3 tablet. Today, that product was spotted as being on sale for the first time on Amazon for the price of $599.

Amazon's listing confirms what was previously announced about the tablet. It has a 1366x768 resolution screen and an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor inside, with 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, with a microSD slot for additional storage; the tablet has a a total weight of 1.28 pounds. The listing does not offer an estimate of battery life but Samsung's previous press release claimed it will last up to 8.5 hours. 

Samsung has other Windows 8 products in the works, including the previously revealed ATIV Q, a tablet which has a display that slides up to expose a physical keyboard. The product is suppose to run both Windows 8 and Android with an impressive screen resolution of 3200x1800; there's no word on when the ATIV Q will go on sale nor what it will cost.

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Not a terrible device, but why would I want this over a Surface Pro? I know its slightly cheaper then originally said, but I'd spend a little extra money and get a better device in the Surface Pro.

Maybe availability? Is this tablet in more countries than Surface Pro? I'm not sure myself, I'm just guessing that might be the reason for people in other countries.

este said,
Not a terrible device, but why would I want this over a Surface Pro? I know its slightly cheaper then originally said, but I'd spend a little extra money and get a better device in the Surface Pro.

Lighter, thinner, cheaper, quiter (no fans) longer battery.

You would get the surface if you needed the iCore performance for the purposes you need it for, otherwise you would do well to look at the clovertrails and later in the year the Baytrail devices.

This doesn't sound much different from my Samsung Ativ Smat PC 500T, unless it's something small. Ok, looking it up now, this one has a smaller screen, not much of a difference though, same CPU, same RAM and storage etc. I guess overall it's just the size/weight of it.

Looks nice, but I can't see paying that much for Atom. I'd rather save money and go ARM, or pony up for an i3 or i5. Atom powered devices shouldn't cost this much, IMO... Might as well get a laptop for the price.

Chikairo said,
Looks nice, but I can't see paying that much for Atom. I'd rather save money and go ARM, or pony up for an i3 or i5. Atom powered devices shouldn't cost this much, IMO... Might as well get a laptop for the price.

They don't cost this much, a large part of this cost goes to the active digitiser. If you have no interest in inking or using a proper stylus (active) then you would be better off buying an RT version or something like the ASUS MC400 which goes for <$400.

I expect if you wait a bit this machine will be cheaper.
People don't want Windows on their tablets.

Do people really think the Windows Tablet 'problem' will be solved with a better processor?

@PGHammer - MS has been fussing about with tablets for about 13 years and I have followed this all the way from then, I still remember Bill on stage telling us how exciting his tablets were. Nothing really happened apart from a few vertical markets. Nothing happened in the consumer space. Then Apple came out with the iPad and MS went in a new direction with Windows 8. Lots of people hate windows 8, Windows 8 is not selling as well as MS would like, Windows 8 tablet devices are not selling well either and they never have.

People want tablets and they are buying them and enjoying them but most tablets in use today are not running a Windows OS.
If people wanted Windows on tablets then they would be buying them but they are not. I don't know anyone who wants a windows tablet and I don't think the problem is about the processor or build quality. Windows just does not give most people what they want on tablets. I think the sales numbers speak for themselves.

intel atom's bay trail will help windows tablets to gain a bigger share in the market.

I do not see you point why people do not want windows on their tablets.
mainly because i have let alot of people use my win8 tab and they love it
What do they love? You can have 2 apps on one screen full office and a nice interface

btw 4.5% market share is not selling (hybrid tablets do not count)? the os is not yet 1 year old and you expect what? 20%? 90%?

O, one other thing w8.1 will help the sales.

Your assumptions are flawed and grounded in the past without taking into account the future.

Yes, Windows Tablets have remained in the realm of the niche for over a decade now, however this was largely due to technology, they were heavy, they had very poor battery life, they werent marketed (consumers barely knew the technology existed), they were expensive as all hell and lastly they ran a version of windows simply not designed for touch.

Since then, technology has improved, prices have come down, MS has stepped in to fill in the OEM deficit, they are marketed and most importantly of all they are now built with a version of Windows in mind - Windows 8 which is fantastic on touch devices.

Now MS were never going to seize the market on day 1 in terms of overall consumers but Windows isnt going anywhere it continues to be the most popular OS so much like Windows Phone the tablet numbers will improve in time particularly as MS refines the Surface hardware and the cost of that comes down.

You say they arent selling...clearly they are, if they werent Samsung, Sony and Asus would not have released follow up products, MS would not have a surface 2 in the works etc.

Windows tablets are in a great position to be honest
* They cover the range of the market in terms of uses and prices
* Haswell and baytrail are going to deliver great performance and all day battery life
* Prices are coming down, devices are getting even thinner and lighter and coming in more form factors
* No other Tablets exist that offer a full OS and all of the above, combined with the best inking experience.

In my opinion the future is looking very bright for Windows tablets, Bill Gates vision of us being mobile from all those years ago is starting to see a light at the end of a long tunnel.

However, isn't a large part of that due to price - not necessarily Windows?

As most of the critics of WindowsRT gleefully point out, Android tablets are FAR cheaper than even WindowsRT, let alone iPads. Part of the WindowsRT problem is that the price difference between RT tablets and Windows 8 tablets is too narrow -if the price gap were actually larger, more folks would likely bite on RT. How many folks are thinking "For the narrowness of the price difference between RT and real Windows 8, why buy RT?" (That has been why I have zero interest in purchasing a WindowsRT tablet - any RT tablet or slate, from anyone - because for the same price, if not less, I could buy a Windows 8 - not RT - tablet or slate or even a refurbished Windows 7 notebook or laptop and throw System Builder 8 Pro on it - for the same price.) Android tablets are all too often between $200 and $300 at the midrange - the equivalent of pin money compared even to most RT-based tablets, let alone Surface. At $200USD, or even $300USD, Android is safe to take a risk on; however, folks have higher, if not unreasonably high, expectations out of ANY hardware running Windows - including RT. Therefore, the "Windows expectation tax" is much MUCH higher, though not as high as the "Apple hardware tax".

'Apple Hardware Tax' That is BS. What about the BMW tax? How about the Mercedes tax? The Audi tax? People will pay the price for a product if they think a product is worth the cost and the decision is not just based on price. Personally I almost never buy the cheapest thing I can find, I look for quality, I look for fit and finish, I look for possible resale value, I look for after sales service that I can rely on and a lot more. If this is your 'Apple Tax' then I gladly pay it.

And you basically just answered my question - folks pay extra for all those brands BECAUSE they think they are worth that extra amount. While expectations are higher for Windows-based hardware, for some reason, folks are seldom willing to pay extra for it as opposed to Android - despite the higher expectations in terms of both capability and performance, let alone app quality. In terms of Apple-manufactured hardware, look at the spread between iPad and MacBook - it's wider, by a significant amount - than that between just Surface RT and Surface Pro; that is a straight manufacturer vs. manufacturer tablet vs. full-featured portable comparison (iPad vs. MacBook and Surface v. Surface Pro). The narrowness of the gap between SurfaceRT and Surface Pro is a problem, and it works more against SurfaceRT than Surface Pro, in my humble opinion, because it actually makes Surface Pro look like a greateer value, comparatively speaking, than SurfaceRT. The issue exists with other OEMs that offer both RT-based tablets and full-fledged Windows 8 tablets - including Samsung and even Lenovo. The problem is that you can't raise the price of full Windows 8 tablets - nobody is willing to pay full-price for them as it is.

I said expectations are higher than may be reasonable for RT-based tablets - especially for the prices folks are willing to pay - that's where the disconnect REALLY is. Notice that I did NOT say that RT doesn't have issues - it does. However, those same issues also plague Android - if anything, app quality is worse on Android than either RT or iOS, let alone Win32 or even Win64. However, Android (and Google by extension) gets a pass on that; Microsoft gets slammed, and quite regularly. My wonder isn't why Microsoft is getting slammed, but why Google (the established player in the tablet space) is not.

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