Samsung officially unveil the ATIV tablet and convertibles for Windows 8

Samsung has just announced their range of Windows 8 devices. We have already touched on the ATIV S and Tab rumors earlier and now we know a whole lot more about what Samsung has in store. Samsung is no strangers to producing Windows PCs and looks like they are taking their duties very seriously with this latest line up.

The three devices we’re most interested in are the ATIV Tab, Samsung's super thin WinRT device, the ATIV Smart PC Pro and ATIV Smart PC running the full fat version of Windows 8. Aside from the ATIV tab they will have the detachable keyboard that’s looking to be the in thing with Windows 8 devices.  These three new tablets join the ATIV S Windows Phone to complete the Samsung ATIV lineup.

ATIV is Vita Backwards, Vita means life, its deep..


  • Display 10.1” - 1366x768
  • 1.5 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 5MP Rear Camera 1.9MP Front Camera
  • 8.9mm thickness weighing in at 570g

There are no specs yet on battery performance, which seems normal the moment for the ARM based devices, we suspect that we’ll know more around launch time. Drivers and OS are still in the early stages of development.


  • Next Gen Atom CPU
  • Display 11.9 - 1366x768
  • Battery life 13.5hours / 9.4 hours DVD playback time
  • 9.9mm  thick with keyboard 19.9mm with keyboard
  • Weight 750g without keyboard / 1.48kg with keyboard
  • Memory 2GB
  • Hard Disk 128GB  SSD

ATIV Smart PC Pro

  • CPU Core i5
  • Display 11.6 Screen - 1920x1080
  • Battery 8 hours / DVD playback time 5hours
  • Thickness 11.89mm without keyboard / 21.89 with keyboard
  • Weight 884g without keyboard / 1.6KG with keyboard
  • Memory 4GB
  • Hard Disk 256GB SSD

Impressive specs on these devices, we can see a notable jump in thickness and weight with the more traditional Intel core i5 device. As mentioned before we have yet to see how battery performance is with the ARM based devices. Our guess is at release time these will be the most impressive for those looking for long battery times. The ATIV Tab is also the only one in the line-up to have tap and share NFC functionality. ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are equipped with the Samsung’s S Pen – it’s a WACOM digitizer with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity. Users of apps such as OneNote will rejoice we're sure. Although Samsung are going to throw in a note taking app too.

Pricing and availability wasn't mentioned in Samsung's IFA presentation of the ATIV line on any of these new devices.

Do let us know what you think, won’t you? We'd like to know if these tablets have you excited or your just going to grab a Surface instead..

Robert Brand