Samsung may be dipping its toe into the Windows 8 sea with two new tablets, allegedly entitled the ATIV Smart PC and PC Pro. According to recent leaks, the Korean manufacturer may be gearing for two new slates with 11.6-inch wide touch-compatible displays of unknown origins and docking stations for each model.
Update: ATIV Tab is now official.
Following Microsoft’s own guidelines with Surface, a slate which caught the attention of the wide public, Samsung may be trying to steal the sales using two new devices with support for Samsung’s own S Pen input technology, the same one used by the Galaxy Note 10.1 for writing and drawing on displays. It is rumored that the new-age S Pen will have 1,024 levels of sensitivity and it should work with a pre-loaded S Note application. This package is perfectly tailored for those who write notes and compose blogs on-the-go, hinting that Samsung may want to cover the some-what business-orientated segment of the market.
Samsung ATIV Tab with Windows 8
These new tablets are also rumored to support up to 10-finger multitouch (as much as a regular body can offer) and to provide a Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixel array. The source claims that the main difference between these two models is the processor, with the Smart PC tablet being powered by Intel’s Atom, while the Pro variant coming with an i5 chip from the same manufacturer.
The ATIV S smartphone with Windows 8 has been officially announced, so now it is almost sure that we will see the ATIV tablets hitting the market quite soon. It would be interesting to see how will consumers react towards Samsung’s products, since we know that Apple has been proclaimed a winner in their patent war. Will Samsung manage to incline the balance towards them with the help of Windows 8 or will iPad keep its crown?
Update: ATIV Tab is a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet, much like Microsoft Surface. It will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8,200mAh battery. The 10.1 inch display comes with 1366 x 768 resolution, and users will have a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.