At the Berlin IFA trade show 2012, Samsung announced that it will be offering a Windows 8, 10.1 inch tablet going with the moniker, ATIV Tab. The name comes from ‘vita’ which is a Latin word for ‘life’ that has been spelt backwards.
The ATIV Tab is the first tablet from Samsung that will run the Windows 8 operating system that will be released by Microsoft, for consumers, in September. The ATIV has a 1.9 megapixel, front-facing camera and this goes together with a 5 megapixel one on the back. Connectivity for the tab to other devices is enabled through a USB port and an uHDMI port. Users should expect something good for going back to school as the Tab will have the Office Home and Office Student 2013 editions. However, the exact date for the tab’s store release was kept under wraps.
The ATIV Tab is one of the three devices announced as part of the ATIV family from the company that will include Smart PCs, smartphones and other Tablets. All these devices will natively run on the Windows 8 platform.
According to the company’s press release, the ATIV Tab has a classy hairline finish as the highlight of its design; moreover, it will only weigh 570g, which is light enough for general mobility conscious consumers. Another key attraction is the fast boot feature that keeps the Tab always ready for use, it only takes a few seconds to boot the Windows 8 OS and the user can then jump into PowerPoint, OneNote or any other Office software. Since it runs Office, users will not have to look for additional apps for opening and editing their documents, or have to upgrade to a pro type as is currently the case with Android document apps.
Since mobility has be the engineering focus for Samsung, on the ATIV Tab, the company has been generous with the power source, packing an 8,200 mAh battery that will power it; thus, limiting the need for constant recharging.
The Windows 8 platform brings with it a range of compatibility advantages for users and the ATIV Tab will readily connect to other gadgets that are Windows compatible like printers, keyboards, projectors, monitors, without the need for having extra software.
There will be different versions of the ATIV Tab, each differentiated by the internal storage capacity of either 32GB or 64GB. Additional storage is supported through microSD slots that will allow cards with capacities of up to 64GB. In addition, the Tab supports Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC and Wi-Fi.