Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Preview

The Samsung Ativ Tab 3 is a thin and light tablet that features a full-blown Windows 8 and runs on an Intel Atom chip. A separately sold keyboard book cover transforms it into a better productivity tool and with built-in S Pen and S Note 2 application, it has its creative appeal. Additionally, it has a dedicated SIM card slot enabling 3G and 4G cellular connectivity.

We have a prototype of the device in our hands, so keep in mind that Samsung might improve it further in the final, retail unit, but with this in mind, let’s take a look at how the ATIV Tab 3 looks right now and what it offers.


The Ativ Tab 3 is surprisingly light and thin for a Windows 8 machine. It is only 7.95mm thick and is fairly lightweight for its class at 550g. Its design closely resembles that of Samsung’s Galaxy line of Android devices, a uniformity that the company wants to maintain.

It has the typical Samsung look and feel - all made out of plastic with a glossy textured back. We are not big fans of plastic devices, but our first impressions were spoiled more by something else. This tablet just does not feel solidly build - the back squeaks and screaks, making it all look fragile. Hopefully Samsung will fix these issues in the final device.

There is a lock key and a volume rocker on top, next to them are the lid-protected microSD and SIM card slots, while the microHDMI and microUSB ports remain nested on the right hand side.


The Ativ Tab 3 comes with a 10.1-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. This results in a lack of fine detail and a very low pixel density of 155ppi, meaning your eyes will notice all sorts of ugly pixelization. Yikes, as a $599 device, one would definitely expect more from the Ativ Tab 3. In comparison, way more affordable tablets like the iPad and Nexus 10 have screens of “Retina” quality of over 300ppi. Surprisingly, the display also supports up to 5-finger multitouch, instead of the now standard 10-finger one, but that's not a huge issue.

Colors also start to fade out at an angle. On a more positive note, looking directly into the screen, colors are vibrant, while screen brightness is very high. That all made it easier to use the tablet in the outdoors.



1. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Wow look at that BEZEL!!

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Dude if you don't like Samsung product stop trolling their articles ! I would love for you to find me a product which runs full Windows 8 and has thinner bezel then this let alone which runs android too !

4. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

(----) okay

11. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

why? you andro fans always whining about Nokia's phone and thick bezels. Feel the same. Besides, he just mentioned the fact. The bezel is quite thick. Obviously samsung doesn't have much love for windows products.

13. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

miauw miauw miauw...

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5817; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But Nokia's thick bezels are on phones, which make them a lot bigger, for example the 4.5" Lumia 928 is basically the same size as the 5" S4 (only a few mm taller, less than a mm narrower and thicker). This ATIV Tab 3 is a tablet, which requires some bezel to hold more comfortablely. And its a very similar size to other 10.1" tablets. Through there are benefits of having thicker bezels on a phone, such as more durable, less accidental touches and easier to make cases with raise edges (for better screen protection).

5. umadden

Posts: 90; Member since: Apr 14, 2013

hurrrr bezel because people want their hand covering the screen all the time while holding it lel you just went full retard

6. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Samsung Knight!

18. ZeroCide

Posts: 819; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

The Bezels Are There For Your Protection!!! Move Along Prople!!!! :)

2. PunyPoop

Posts: 752; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

It looks like the Galaxy Note 8!!

7. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Samsung is quite good with smartphones, but when it comes to tablets they always dissapoint me Clover Trail? LPDDR2 RAM? We had better Windows 8 tablets than that last year already. :(

8. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

with that price ! sorry I cannot afford it

9. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Those bezels, that PPI, that design. One word only: Awful.

10. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

That price too

12. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Get real samsung...$599 for this? It should be no more than $399

14. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

if samsung make this their final product i would be very suprise. this is a cheap plastic attempt to discredit WIndows 8

15. dre786

Posts: 46; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

surface all the way cant wait for surface 2

16. HildyJ

Posts: 346; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

One note. The Lenovo competitor is the ThinkPad Tablet 2 (the Tablet is their Android device). As to why you'ld want one, it runs full Windows - real Office, real Firefox, real Acrobat Pro, real Evernote. With a pen you can use handwriting to input text and use ink annotation in Office, Acrobat, and Evernote (as well as other programs that support it). I'm writing this on my ThinkPad Tablet 2 which I love. My only concern with the Samsung would be the S-Pen versus the TPT2 Wacom pen.
ATIV Tab 3
  • Display 10.1" 1366 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Intel Atom, Dual-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64GB

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