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AT&T Adding Windows 8 Tablets in Time for Holidays

AT&T said on Thursday that it will offer a set of Windows 8 tablets in time for the 2012 holiday shopping season. AT&T said it will be the only U.S. carrier to offer these two new tablets.

First up is the Asus VivoTab RT (opens in new tab), the first quad-core Windows RT-based 4G LTE tablet. AT&T describes it as an ultra-thin, light tablet designed as the ideal mobile entertainment, productivity and gaming platform. The specs reveal it to have a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 TE SoC, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0C connectivity, an 8MP auto-focus camera with flash on the back, and a front-facing 2MP camera.

The tablet also sports a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen with support for up to ten simultaneous fingers, and a 1366 x 768 resolution. The tablet can connect to a QWERTY keyboard dock and instantly transform into an ultra-portable laptop with a USB port and an even longer battery life. However AT&T did not indicate this accessory will be offered.

As for the Samsung ATIV Smart PC (opens in new tab), this gadget offers AT&T customers "the blend of PC capability with the convenient tablet form factor." This tablet features an 11.6-inch HD PLS screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution (400 nit), 2 GB of LPDDR2 memory, and a next-generation dual-core Intel Atom "Clover Trail" processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. It also comes packed with a rear-facing 8MP camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, and Intel SGX545 graphics.

On a connectivity level, the Samsung tablet sports 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and an optional 4G LTE. It also provides 64 GB of internal storage, and a pre-loadeded trial version of Microsoft Office 2013 for productivity apps, including Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint. A detachable keyboard-docking system lets users easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC.

"AT&T is a leader in connected devices, and we are thrilled the Windows 8 tablets will be available on the nation’s largest 4G network," said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. "With Windows 8, both tablets give customers an optimized touch interface, instant live tile updates and PC capabilities." 

The company said customers purchasing Windows 8 tablets will have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. Just recently AT&T introduced Mobile Share plans, allowing new and existing customers to share a single bucket of data across all their devices. Customers on a Mobile Share plan can simply add their new Windows 8 tablet for $10 a month.

Both Windows 8 tablets will be available in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online at www.wireless.att.com (opens in new tab) in time for the holidays.

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  • hyperanthripoid
    But it has windows 8
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  • bllue
    hyperanthripoidBut it has windows 8On a tablet. With touch screen..
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  • boiler1990
    Asus is really milking that Tegra 3 SoC. Can't wait for these things to hit the market.
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  • warmon6
    hyperanthripoidBut it has windows 8
    guess you've been missing what the windows 8 train been saying....

    They primary dont like windows 8 on Desktops. Mainly because it doesn't boot too the desktop and too best utilize the new Windows 8 UI (formally metro), you'd need a touch screen which is expensive and you'd need to clean the finger prints off frequently.

    Now many of the same people say this would fine on tablets because of it being touch based device.
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  • mcd023
    how does this atom perform? just hearing that name seems like a turn off to me
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  • xkm1948
    Why does it have to be ATT? It will ruin everything.
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  • pliskin1
    How about a price?
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  • g00fysmiley
    otacon72Why on earth would a buy a Windows 8 tablet with a radio? I'm not going to sign another contract..lol Wifi is just fine.
    becuse they want to be able to use it when they are not within wifi range.. though with limited data at&t isn't likely the way to go, but devices on an unlimited data like sprint provided you already have a device connected isn't a huge addition, granted i am the type more lkely to just tether my samsung galaxy nexus to something instead but not all people knwo how to do things like that
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