Samsung joins the coming-out party for Intel-based Windows 8 tablets.
When Samsung's new Ativ line of
The Ativ Smart PC is the middle child of the tablet line, which also includes the
The first announced version of the Ativ Smart PC will come from AT&T, with the wireless provider's 4G LTE mobile broadband service onboard. Samsung hasn't said if the Ativ Smart PC will be coming to other carriers, nor if a Wi-Fi-only version is in the works. (The Smart PC also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.)
We had a chance to handle the Ativ Smart PC at AT&T's fall launch event in New York (see video above). In person, there's no getting around the fact that the Samsung Ativ Smart PC is one monster of a tablet. Its screen measures 11.6 inches diagonally, which is plenty big. While it offers a captivating view, using a slate this size anywhere other than spacious office or home environs would be comical. Imaging pulling out this behemoth on the train, bus, or even airplane. It won't help you make friends and might even spark an argument or two. Another issue is the Ativ Smart PC's portly profile. At 9.9mm thick (0.39 inch, and 19.9mm/0.78 inch with clamshell keyboard) and 750 grams (1.65 pounds, 1.48kg/3.26 pounds with keyboard), the device felt noticeably heavier and thicker than the 10.1-inch
While the Ativ Smart PC seemed relatively zippy during our quick initial hands-on, we'll be most intrigued to see if the new Clover Trail Atom CPUs live up to Intel's claims. The last generation of Atom processors were relegated to entry-level Netbooks, and their performance left a lot to be desired.
As with other Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets, Samsung includes a detachable clamshell-style keyboard that turns the Ativ Smart PC into a makeshift laptop. Samsung has not yet indicated pricing for either tablet, and the only information we have regarding availability comes from AT&T, which says only that the tablet will be available for purchase "in time for the holidays."
We'll have a full review of the device as soon as we can get one in for testing.