Hands on with the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 with Windows 8
Today, Samsung unveiled two new tablet/hybrid devices, including the ATIV Tab 3, a follow up to the ATIV Tab, which we’ve covered before.
The device features a 10.1” 1366x768 display with an Atom Z2760 process, full Windows 8 with S-Pen and it comes in at a very sprightly 8.2 millimeters thin and weighs just 550 grams (1.2lbs). Much like the previous ATIV Tab, it’s an elegant looking device and a nice follow up if only because they made the display smaller (the old one was 13.3”).
In our opinion, 10.1” tablets are ideal for portability and ease of use, with it fitting more naturally in your hands. Toss in the optional keyboard and you have a nice little productive machine for on the go or when at home.
The ATIV Tab 3 also had 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with microSD, microHDMI and one USB 2.0 port, making it quite flexible for most users.
We’re hearing an August release window for this full Windows 8 tablet at a $699 price point, which does include the keyboard (we imagine you can get it for $450ish without a keyboard).
Watch our hands on video and glance at the photos. Let us know what you think below.
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So that price alone would make the device's price double instantly.
There's seriously no problem, even with this gen Atom processor. I'm able to do so much of my work in Office and even in Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and InDesign and only large files in those programs really make it struggle.
Assuming the price is competitive in the UK (aka no more than £500 including the keyboard but ideally closer to £400/450) then it'll be a contender for people wanting a more portable device. Shame it doesn't have the Android switch like the AtivQ though.
The S Pen is a winner though, it kills me on a regular basis that my Acer W510 doesn't have a pen, it makes the experience so much better.
Maybe Samsung is bundling the keyboard cover to mask the cost of the Windows and Office licences. Barring any blowout sale, I kinda doubt they could chop off $150 bucks from the price by offering the tablet sans keyboard cover. But i'd love to be proven wrong.
also, resolution is terrible. no buy.
Weak resolution, weak storage, weak RAM, USB 2.0.
What is Samsung thinking here?
It is too big for me and has to wide of a screen dimensions for my needs - I not going use it to watch movies but for work and reading and surfing the internet! Plus, it only 720p not 1080p+ and has a super slow processor to boot!
Make it for reading in portrait mode(4:3) and use a Haswell CPU in it; make it 8" and I will jump at it! As it stands if garbage for my needs. I would use it even if it is free! Just has not use for this type of tablet! Too big and too old technology in it!
Apple set the new standand in the iPad Mini but goof up on the technology with poor screen resolution and a old A5 processor on the new Mini. Still the sale of the Mini have been outstanding even more the the iPad4! Apple open the road for anyone that can top them in the Mini and it seems to be ignored by every tablet manufacturer. They just try to meet the same technology as the leader - Apple in the tablet world. Just plain bad marketing! Why not go and update it with HD+ screen resolution; state of the art processor, 802.11ac, 3.0 USB, 4.0 Bluetooth, flash memory, etc...
Waiting for nokia to reveal a tablet wp8
2) Saying any of the Ativ tabs are elegant is the equivalent of claiming Detroit is a world leader in automotive sophistication. They look and feel like someone ripped off the screen half of a netbook clamshell.