Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Preview

Camera

Photography is not a critical feature for a tablet, but it’s definitely nice to have at least a basic rear and front facing cameras for video chats. The Ativ Tab 3 has them both, and they are indeed very basic. As per specs, it comes with a 5-megapixel main camera with a single LED flash and a front camera capable of recording 720p video.



In our prototype there were still some issues with the cameras, so we’d reserve our judgment about image quality for the final unit. What we can say is that along with the stock Windows camera app, Samsung has bundled its own application which is rich in settings and you can fine-tune your shot by tweaking white balance, colors and others.



Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Sample Video:



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Multimedia

The ample space provided by the 10.1-inch display makes the Ativ Tab 3 a perfect device for media consumption. You have the stock Windows 8 Photos hub for your shots and it is a fairly basic app allowing you to watch slideshows and crop your images. Sharing images is clunky, though. The way you select images by long holding and sliding them down is slow and ineffective.

The music hub is a great looking place designed in the the Modern UI style and synced with Xbox Music. Sound output is loud and clear through the stereo speakers located on the sides of the tablet.

The video player is fairly minimalistic, but hiding behind that simplicity is a rich format and codec support. It played back 720p videos in various codecs like Divx/Xvid and Mpeg-4 (it opened 1080p too, but played them with hickups). MKV files are not supported in the stock video player.



Battery life

On paper, the Ativ Tab 3 should last around 8.5 hours of continuous video playback. That is slightly below its rivals, but that is the price you have to pay for a slimmer and lighter design. We wouldn’t say that is a terribly low battery life, and it should be sufficient for a full day of heavy use, and in most cases a lot more. The battery is a decent 25.6Wh one.

Expectations

With the Ativ Tab 3, Samsung has made a surprisingly slim and lightweight tablet that runs a full-blown Windows 8. That small breakthrough along with the S Pen and the nice S Note 2.0 app make it stand out.

Its biggest rivals are the Intel Atom-based Asus VivoTab Smart and Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. The former is a more affordable Windows 8 device without the stylus, and the latter is a bulkier and costlier alternative. In that context, the Ativ Tab 3 looks good.

The real question, though, is why would you need such a device. At $600 without a keyboard ($700 with a keyboard), it approaches Ultrabook pricing, yet does not have a Core processor, nor does it provide the same quality typing experience. Its low-res display makes it inferior to most tablets too. The Ativ Tab 3 is good in its “one-fit-all” class, but question remains whether you need a device that is jack of all trades, master of none. Samsung is yet to improve the device and we are looking forward to reviewing the retail model soon.


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18 Comments

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: 5728; 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: 816; 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: 2147; 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: 338; 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 64 GB

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