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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Windows tablets from Samsung, Asus head to AT&T

The string of product announcements continue with two more Windows 8 tablets headed to the carrier.

Samsung's ATIV Smart PC tablet. AT&T

AT&T said today it would sell two Windows tablets, Samsung's ATIV Smart PC and Asus's VivoTab RT.

The tablets are just the latest mobile devices to be unveiled by AT&T in the last few days. Both 4G LTE products, which run on the next-generation Windows operating system, will be available for the holiday season, although the company didn't specify when or at what price.

While the iPad has been a runaway success, few other tablets, particularly ones connected to a cellular network, have been successful. AT&T is hoping for a change with the introduction of Microsoft's next version of Windows.

The ATIV, part of Samsung's Windows lineup of smartphones and tablets, comes with an 11.6-inch high-definition PLS display, an Intel Clover Trail 1.5-gigahertz dual-core processor, and 64 gigabytes of internal storage. It runs on Windows 8 and comes with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013, including Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

The device has a detachable keyboard-docking system allowing it to switch between a notebook PC and tablet PC.

VivoTab RT from Asus. AT&T

The VivoTab RT has a 10.1-inch multi-touch Super IPS display, 32GB of storage and Nvidia's Tegra 3 TE quad-core processor. The device runs on Windows RT and comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Edition.

AT&T is hoping for a pick-up in sales of tablets with the introduction of family data plans. The plans are designed to make it easier for consumers to bring multiple devices under one plan, using a shared bucket of data.

Corrected at 12:07 p.m. PT:Samsung's ATIV tablet runs on Windows 8, not Windows RT.