We had been hearing a lot of rumors about Samsung’s affiliation with Microsoft and a possible launch of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 products in the future but to everyone’s surprise and astonishment, Samsung actually unveiled their new “ATIV” line of Windows 8 devices at the recently concluded Samsung Unpacked 2012 in Berlin,Germany.
The devices included the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC Pro, a smartphone called Samsung ATIV S and finally The ATIV Tab:
1. Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Smart PC pro
Combing revolutionary design, the power of a notebook PC and the convenience of a tablet PC, the 11.6-inch Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro are Samsung’s next set of smart devices. These provide computing power with Windows 8 functionality as well as full Windows 7 compatibility. Each device features a detachable magnetic keyboard-docking system that allows users to easily switch between a clam-shell notebook PC and a tablet PC form factor. These devices allow for great mobility with maximum productivity.
2. Samsung ATIV-S powered by Windows Phone 8
Samsung ATIV S is a new smartphone for both work and entertainment featuring Windows Phone 8. ATIV S brings a stunning hairline design and high performance with a range of content-sharing and productivity options. Its impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 1.5GHz dual-core processor and the powerful Adreno 225 GPU along with HSPA＋42 connectivity enable great browsing performance and high responsiveness even for the most demanding gaming or work applications.
Users can enjoy the brand new Windows Phone 8 experience on the ATIV S’s stunning 4.8” HD Super AMOLED display.The device comes with 1 GB RAM and 16/32 GB of internal storage which can be further expanded through a microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC. The Ativ S has an 8 MP rear camera capable of recording HD videos in full 1080p at 30fps and a 1.9 MP front facing camera which comes in handy for video conferencing.
3. Samsung ATIV Tab
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. Weighing 570g, featuring a 10.1” display, 2GB RAM and measuring 8.9mm thick, the ATIV Tab is always ready to go. The ATIV Tab comes with 32GB internal storage which can bu further expanded upto 64GB through microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC. The device further comes with a 5MP rear camera capable of recording 1280×720 videos in HD 720p at 30fps.
One of the commendable features of the tablet is that it instantly boots up without lagging and also comes pre-installed with Office Home and Student 2013 , offering the new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote to help transform the way people get things done at home, school or work. These applications are fully featured with complete document compatibility, meaning people can open and create any document, make edits on it and share it with others just like we do with PCs.
An 8,200 mAh battery provides enough power to allow you to work on your projects and review or share them virtually anytime and anywhere. 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, through its USB port and uHDMI, with no need to install extra software.
Samsung along with Microsoft have taken a step towards the right direction with the launch of these amazing Windows 8 devices and in a way its good for the Korean giants who up till now were largely dependent on Google’s Android OS. With the new ATIV range of products, they now have a broader playing field in today’s competitive market.