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AT&T scores the Asus VivoTab RT with LTE and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 tablet

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AT&T scores the Asus VivoTab RT with LTE and the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 tablet
Besides all the flagship phones from Samsung, Nokia and HTC that AT&T showed yesterday during the demo event for its holiday lineup, we also had a few distinguished members of the tablet world being launched on America's second-largest carrier.

And yes, they are both Windows slates, marking a representative for each of the new Microsoft OS versions. First off, we have the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 tablet. The Smart PC runs on an Intel Atom chip and brags about having a battery life of 13.5 hours. The display is 11.6" 1366 x 768 pixel one that detaches from the keyboard dock, and could be used as a tablet with multitouch support, coming with Samsung’s S Pen and accompanying apps.

Next in line is the brand new effort from Microsoft to bring the world's most popular OS to the frugal ARM processor architecture, represented by the Asus VivoTab RT Windows RT slate. Asus made a name for itself in the Android tablet world, and is naturally trying to replicate that with Windows. AT&T picking it up means Asus has more or less achieved that goal.

The Asus VivoTab RT has a smaller, 10.1-inch screen with the same 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. It’s running on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip, has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a Wacom stylus coming along. It’s lighter at just 1.15 pounds (520 g) and even thinner at 8.3mm. The Tegra 3 processor here is paired with an LTE radio, just to show the world it can be done. The Asus tablet also comes with full Microsoft Office 2013 preinstalled to sweeten the pot.

Prices were not disclosed, but we'd wager to guess that the Smart PC by Samsung will be the more expensive slate, compared to the 32GB Win RT Asus one, but we will know more pretty soon, as Microsoft just scheduled its Win 8 launch event three weeks from now.

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