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Samsung Announces ATIV Windows 8, Phone 8 Devices

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Samsung has introduced four new devices that feature Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8.

On Wednesday Samsung launched a new family of SmartPCs, tablets and smartphones called ATIV based on Windows 8 and Windows RT for the former two form factors, and Windows Phone 8 for the new smartphone line. The company said the branding is a reversed spelling of the word VITA which is Latin for "Life," signifying Samsung's pledge to "make everyone's life extraordinary with excitement."

Wednesday's announcement introduces the 11.6-inch ATIV Smart PC, the 11.6-inch ATIV Smart PC Pro, the 10.1-inch ATIV Tab, and the 4.8-inch ATIV S.

For starters, the two Smart PCs are hybrid tablets, featuring a detachable keyboard-docking system that allows users to easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC form factor. They also come with Wacom's S Pen digitizer pen which delivers real writing and drawing experiences for maximum productivity. Content is presented with Samsung's SuperBright 11.6-inch Full HD LCD display. 

"Beautifully stylish and ultra-portable, the ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are only 9.9-mm and 11.9-mm thick, respectively," Samsung said. "And there are no compromises on performance. The ATIV Smart PC Pro's powerful Intel Core i5 processor can handle particularly demanding professional use and multimedia consumption; while the ATIV Smart PC's next generation Intel Atom processor is a solid match for everyday productivity tasks."

The two Windows 8 devices will sport an advanced 10-finger multi-touch screen, USB 2.0 (Smart PC), USB 3.0 (Smart PC Pro), mHDMI, miniSD and two extra USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard. The ATIV Smart PC will have a battery life of up to 13.5 hours, whereas the ATIV Smart PC Pro will have up to eight hours.

The ATIV Tab will be Samsung's Windows RT tablet solution, featuring a 10.1-inch display, weighing 570g, and measuring 8.9-mm thick. Samsung said it will come packed with a 8,200 mAh battery, a USB 2.0 host port, HDMI output, and more. It will instantly boot up without lagging and comes with Office Home and Student 2013 RT, offering the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

"The new Samsung ATIV Tab is designed with a classy hairline finish, and delivers a full Windows 8-based PC experience with superior tablet mobility," the company said. "Moreover, the ATIV Tab is compatible with a range of Windows-based PC devices and accessories, including printers, keyboards, projectors, external monitors, and other peripherals with no need to install extra software."

As for the ATIV S smartphone, Samsung was even more scarce with the details, reporting that it will feature a 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC, HSPA+42 connectivity, and a "stunning" 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display.

"Samsung is delighted to introduce a wide portfolio of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8-powered devices. With our leadership in design and technology and Microsoft's leadership in operating systems, together we are able to provide customers with a full range of ATIV devices for cross-category convergence," said Seong Woo Nam, Executive Vice President of IT Solutions Business at Samsung Electronics.

UPDATE: Samsung released the specs of all four devices as seen here. However here's a brief summary of each:

Samsung ATIV Smart PC
11.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) multi-touch screen, 400nit
Next generation Intel Atom Processor
2 GB LPDDR RAM
Intel HD Graphics
Speakers: 2
8MP Rear Camera (Flash)
2MP Front Camera
Up to 128 GB eMMC HDD
802.11 a/b/g/n
USB-to-Ethernet Dongle
4G/LTE, 3G
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0 x 1
USB 2.0 x 2 (KBD)
mHDMI
microSD
Keyboard (80/81keys)
Digitizer Pen

Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro
11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) multi-touch screen, 400nit
Intel Core i5
4 GB of DDR RAM
Intel HD Graphics
Speakers: 2
5MP Rear Camera
2MP Front Camera
Up to 256 GB SSD
802.11 a/b/g/n
USB-to-Ethernet Dongle
4G/LTE, 3G
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3.0 x 1
USB 2.0 x 2 (KBD)
mHDMI
microSD
Keyboard (80/81keys)
Digitizer Pen

Samsung ATIV Tab
10.1-inch HD LCD (1366 x 768)
1.5 GHz dual-core SoC
5MP Rear Autofocus Camera with LED Flash
1.9MP Front VT Camera
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
3.5mm earjack
Micro HDMI
NFC
2 GB of RAM
32 or 64 GB of internal storage
microSD Card Slot Up to 64 GB
Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, and Grip Sensors
Standard battery, Li-ion 8,200mAh
S-GPS
Glonass

Samsung ATIV S
4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED
1.5 GHz dual-core SoC
HSPA+ 42Mbps 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
8MP Rear Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
1.9MP Front VT Camera
A-GPS
Gloness
Bluetooth 4.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
3.5mm earjack
Micro HDMI
NFC
2 GB of RAM
32 or 64 GB of internal storage
microSD Card SLot Up to 64 GB
Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Ambient Light, Gyroscope, and Grip Sensors
Standard battery, Li-ion 8,200mAh

So far pricing and actual availability is unknown, so stay tuned.

 

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  • -4 Hide
    cknobman , August 30, 2012 1:10 PM
    I wanted that phone until I failed to see LTE. WTF????????
  • 5 Hide
    samkl , August 30, 2012 1:13 PM
    Samsung is diversifying it's product lineup. Makes sense not to be tied into Android eco system and testing new grounds. That's why RIM and Nokia are on death beds.
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    mindless728 , August 30, 2012 1:16 PM
    I see the smart pc pro being a bit on the expensive side....
  • 2 Hide
    back_by_demand , August 30, 2012 1:33 PM
    Looks like the Smart PC Pro vs the Surface Pro for me, all comes down to cost and battery life, although I do like the Surface more on looks and the magnetic keyboard
  • 7 Hide
    LiviuTM , August 30, 2012 1:40 PM
    „Samsung ATIV S
    ........
    Standard battery, Li-ion 8,200mAh”
    really? more like 2,300 mAh
  • 0 Hide
    ejb222 , August 30, 2012 2:03 PM
    cknobmanI wanted that phone until I failed to see LTE. WTF????????

    Of coursesorry...maybe it has LTE.
  • 3 Hide
    rebel1280 , August 30, 2012 2:04 PM
    man...im on the fence, i WANT to buy into MS devices, i have a Win 7.5 phone and i love it but....s3 is so awesome too... I wonder if i go all in what kind of unified architecture there will be (if any). Something like, if you have win 8 pc, tab and phone, if you can just drag stuff across the various devices!
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    ejb222 , August 30, 2012 2:08 PM
    The Nokia Phi that will be revealed on Sept 5th will be better anyway. It will surely be LTE and my bet is on a 21mp pureview camera.
    But can anyone really confirm that this Ativ S has HDMI out???? is that a typo?
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    fuzzion , August 30, 2012 3:19 PM
    After Apple behaved like spoilt kids on the lawsuit, I and many others will never buy an apple product again.
  • 6 Hide
    subaru41 , August 30, 2012 4:03 PM
    fuzzionAfter Apple behaved like spoilt kids on the lawsuit, I and many others will never buy an apple product again.


    +1

    The phone and tablet are rectangle with rounded corners. There will be tons of isheep buying it thinking its an iPhone or iPad.
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    ojas , August 30, 2012 4:08 PM
    Hmmm.

    On first glance, Wow.

    On further inspection, DDR RAM? What the hell?! What happened to 2012 and DDR3?

    Also, what's the expected battery life on the phone (same CPU as the tablet but 1/4 the battery life)?
    What's the phone's resolution? Which CPU's in the phone?

    Further, the windows home button is square. Not a chance of an Apple lawsuit now (no, i'm serious. They won't be able to do a thing about it :)  ).

    I wish they'd opt for a different colour scheme though :\

    Finally:
    Quote:
    "Moreover, the ATIV Tab is compatible with a range of Windows-based PC devices and accessories, including printers, keyboards, projectors, external monitors, and other peripherals with no need to install extra software."

    Apple is dead.

    And i think Surface tablets will be similar. Yesssssss.
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    ojas , August 30, 2012 4:17 PM
    ejb222The Nokia Phi that will be revealed on Sept 5th will be better anyway. It will surely be LTE and my bet is on a 21mp pureview camera. But can anyone really confirm that this Ativ S has HDMI out???? is that a typo?

    No, i think it's a typo. Samsung doesn't mention HDMI anywhere for the phone. The other 3 do have it.
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    JPForums , August 30, 2012 4:51 PM
    cknobmanI wanted that phone until I failed to see LTE. WTF????????


    I guess HSPA+ 42Mbps isn't quite what you were looking for.

    ojasOn further inspection, DDR RAM? What the hell?! What happened to 2012 and DDR3?


    Well, it is a Core i5, so I think it is a typo ... Unless you are talking about the Atom based SmartPC which uses LPDDR for power savings.

    ojasWhat's the phone's resolution?


    Kind of an important omission if you ask me. If I were to guess, I would say 720x1280.

    ojasWhich CPU's in the phone?


    Qualcom MSM8260A (Dual Core Krait @ 1.5GHz)
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    Bloob , August 30, 2012 6:14 PM
    Ativ-S specs are wrong, unless that's the biggest damn battery ever fitted to a phone.

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-ATIV-S_id7463
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    ojas , August 30, 2012 6:53 PM
    JPForumsWell, it is a Core i5, so I think it is a typo ... Unless you are talking about the Atom based SmartPC which uses LPDDR for power savings.Kind of an important omission if you ask me. If I were to guess, I would say 720x1280.Qualcom MSM8260A (Dual Core Krait @ 1.5GHz)

    I'm hoping it is. I don't think an i5 even supports DDR...does the Atom? i for some reason remember it supporting LPDDR2...what would be point of LPDDR anyway? tiny bandwidth...more expensive since it's obsolete...and since DDR3 < DDR2 < DDR in terms of power consumption, i would assume the same goes for the LP versions.

    Thanks for the CPU info. My god, a 1.5GHz Krait will probably do 3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds...
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    Glacier , August 30, 2012 6:56 PM
    fuzzionAfter Apple behaved like spoilt kids on the lawsuit, I and many others will never buy an apple product again.

    Agreed. I've never been an Apple fan, but after watching them in this lawsuit, I won't touch their products with a ten foot pole!
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    ikyung , August 30, 2012 7:02 PM
    Well, when Samsung launched its first android phones, it wasn't their top of the line galaxy line. Guessing they are doing the same for the W8 phones. Start with mid-grade phones and launch their high-end a quarter or two later. I would definitely love it if Samsung was able to integrate the W8 into their Galaxy line and let the consumers choose which OS they want in it, but I'm pretty sure google and microsoft would not want that happening.
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    ojas , August 30, 2012 7:04 PM
    Yeah it's LPDDR2-800 for Medfield/Clover Trail.

    http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/ces/2012/pdfs/AtomprocessorZ2460.pdf
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atom_(system_on_chip)#List_of_Intel_Atom_SoCs
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    booyaah , August 30, 2012 7:12 PM
    Up to 128 GB eMMC HDD !!!!!!!!!!!

    plus MicroSD slot...that phone could sport a disk capacity larger than most entry level laptops.
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    CaedenV , August 30, 2012 7:50 PM
    Sign me up for that little Atom tablet! perfect size, should get good battery life, next gen Atoms should have decent graphics (for use in a tablet anyways), and it would be x86 which means I can get my desktop while being on a budget! woot!

    Think I will hold out to see other offerings on phones though... that one is nice, but I bet Nokia can do better.
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