Windows 8 tablets

Microsoft Surface Competitors have begun coming out of the woodwork lately and Samsung has just weighed in with its main contender. The company presented the Samsung Ativ Tab today at the IFA (International Franchise Association) event in Berlin, Germany. With complete Windows 8 functionality, the Ativ Tab weighs in at just 762 g (1.5 lbs); is a slim and trim 9.9 mm (0.35 inches) in stature and comes with a 10.1-inch HD 1366 x 768 pixel display. With a full glass front and matte bezel finish, to diffuse light reflections, the display looks quite impressive. The unit runs on a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 APQ8060A dual-core processor and features a microSD card slot, uHDMI, and USB 2.0.

The Samsung Ativ Tab will be using the Windows RT operating system and come with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student Editions preinstalled. To compete with the Microsoft tablet, Samsung’s strategy seems to be in going for discriminating thinness as its major attribute but it also comes with the ever-popular detachable keyboard. Additionally, Samsung’s Ativ Tab comes equipped with 2GB of RAM, a medium sized 8200mAh battery, and the option of either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. To provide internet connectivity the Ativ Tab uses standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 along with a USB 2.0 port and Near Field Communication (NFC). Near Field Communication, among other things, can be used to send small amounts of data (such as credit card numbers) over short distances and is one of the defining features of the Windows RT operating system. The RT in Windows RT stands for run time, also a defining feature of the system, which allows the device to move into a new low-power mode (Sleep). A device running on this system will turn back on in less than a second and can stay in this mode for over 320 hours.

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