Samsung ATIV Tab Preview
We cannot hide it, folks – having the chance to preview the Samsung ATIV Tab is getting us pretty excited. And in case you wonder what makes us feel that way, it is just that the slate is among the first of its kind. Powered by Windows RT, it is meant to be an alternative to Microsoft's lower-end Surface model, which is due to debut later this year. As such, it has been outfitted with some pretty decent hardware, including a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch touchscreen, and a pair of cameras, the main one being of 5 megapixels.
What we are also looking forward to trying out is the platform itself. For those of you who need a refresher, Windows RT is tailored especially for ARM-based devices, which are known for being quite battery friendly. Its bigger brother, on the other hand – Windows 8 Pro, is what one will find on desktop or notebook class PCs as it is meant to be run by processors delivering higher performance, such as Intel's Core series. At a glance, the two platforms look more or less identical as they share the same interface, but what sets them apart is that software compatible with Windows 8 and the platform's earlier versions does not run on Windows RT, leaving the latter with a serious case of app deficiency.
Now it is time to fire up our Samsung ATIV Tab and take it for a proper spin around the block. Keep in mind, however, that what we are previewing today is a prototype unit, so we won't be going too much into detail yet.
If it wasn't for the Windows logo underneath its screen, we could have easily mistaken the ATIV Tab for a Galaxy tablet as it has adopted more than a few design features from the maker's Android lineup. For starters, there's a pair of speakers positioned on the front side of the unit, just like on the Galaxy Note 10.1 or the 10.1-inch Tab 2, and the pattern on its back resembles closely the Galaxy S III's Hyperglaze finish. With the exception of the metal Windows button, the Samsung ATIV Tab is made entirely out of plastic, yet still manages to look appealing despite the lack of premium materials in its construction.
At 570 grams, the Samsung ATIV Tab is relatively light and doesn't put much of a strain on the wrist. If you'll be using it for a long time, however, make sure you have a flat surface to rest it against. The tablet isn't among the slimmest Samsung has ever made as it measures 9.9 millimeters in its thickest point, but it is still within the acceptable norms for a contemporary tablet of this size.
There is no shortage of ports on the Samsung ATIV Tab. On the bottom side of the device is located a dock connector, which is where a Samsung-made hardware keyboard snaps in place. At the bottom right-hand side resides a generic-looking port used for charging.
remaining buttons, ports, and slots are on the tablet's top side, including the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, microphone, HDMI output, and microSD card slot. Having a full-sized USB port can be quite convenient as it allows a whole range of peripherals to be connected to the slate, such as USB dongles, thumb drives, even a mouse. Perhaps the lock key and the two-button volume rocker could have been exposed a bit more, but once we got used to their position, we didn't have much troubles finding them without looking.
Resolution aside, the display on the Samsung ATIV Tab is capable of delivering pretty, accurate colors, which don't get washed out when viewed at an angle. That isn't much of a surprise, actually, as the panel is made using PLS LCD technology. Moreover, the tablet remains pretty usable even with the sun shining at its screen.
1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)
Samsung Stealing names... ATIV backwards is VITA ... as in PS VITA
7. doejon (Posts: 317; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)
lol u did not understand what these words means..
(cre) samsung ativ
and vita means life..^^
8. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 642; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)
Like really? Come on now, you need to get a life
10. e.wvu (unregistered)
But ATIV doesn't spell VITA, so it's not copying. #Dumb###
2. Mozarrt (Posts: 294; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
So much better than any Android or iOS tablet I've seen before. I wish they could of done something like this for Windows Phone 8.
16. Jelly_Bean (Posts: 109; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Lolz he is sayin Windows is a name what users have heard before.....!!!
Come on mate 80% of the computer market is owned by Microsoft Windows and Windows 8 in the tablet market would be a great hit....!!
3. Aeires (unregistered)
Not everyone thinks the desktop interface is boring, some actually prefer it over live tiles.
4. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
PA, i have a question, would you review the non-RT units? the ones running x86.
5. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
A good tablet for WP8 users but even after having a decent feel its still made of plastic. I love Samsung and they have some awesome products. Why cant they just make their stuff out of duralumin like in their Series 9 ultrabook. That would totally rock!
But still one of the best Windows Tabs out there...good job Samsung!
6. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)
im going with the sony 11 duo tablet (can remember the name)
9. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Looks good now what it's gonna come down to is who has the best keyboard dock. All the tablets are practically the same spec-wise. The dock is the tiebreaker.
11. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)
to me microsoft surface has the best keyboard dock.
12. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Looks very good. Can't wait to see all these Windows tablets out and about.
13. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
only one question will u make any of other windows tablets reviews like the one owe sony please answer me
15. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1024; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
hello folks the interesting thing about windows RT and Windows 8 tablets is their dual nature. if you want to use ether as a Tablet you skip the desktop and use the info tile "Modern UI" interface formerly called "Metro Tiles" People will find them easy to use. When you want to use the Windows RT or Windows 8 Tablet's Desktop you had better break out your good old wireless key board and mouse because it's the best way to use desktop apps on them. Notice that when Microsoft introduced it's "Surface" Tablet computers they had those 2 unique Keyboard cover combo accessories they designed for them. the only draw back to using Office or other desktop programs on a Tablet computer is the size of the screen an 11 or 12 inch tablet would better suit a person who wants to use Old legacy desktop apps for a limited amount time however a 10.1 inch tablet computer can be used to do some production work and that is where the Windows RT shines right out of the box because it has a version of windows office. a lot of folks will buy then because of this. a college student,Business person or average Person will use MS Office with a smile on a Window RT or Windows 8 tablet. they may not have many apps but they can use the internat get and do many things on a Microsoft RT tablet computer