Samsung seems to be re-embracing its status as a multi-OS operator, announcing its first Windows 8 tablet, a productivity-focused version of its 10.1-inch Android-powered Galaxy tablets. The Ativ Tab joins the first officially announced Windows Phone 8, the Ativ S, in Samsung's new line of nu-skool Windows devices. It's a 10.1-inch slate weighing a highly portable 570g with the same 8.9mm thickness as the flagship Android, the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Under the hood, it runs a somewhat modest dual-core 1.5GHz processor but that's backed up by a generous 2GB of RAM and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB built-in storage – also expandable via the microSD slot by up to 64GB.
The LCD display has a resolution of 1366x768 pixels, with a pair of cameras front and back – a five-megapixel rear-facing snapper with auto-focus and LED flash and a 1.9-megapixel front-facer for video calling. Like the Ativ S phone, it supports NFC for contactless payments and what Microsoft is calling 'Tap + Send' for fast wireless file transfer.
Windows RT is designed very much like the new Windows Phone 8 OS, optimised for touch-screen use with a Start screen built of the same live tiles showing the latest event in each app.
The Ativ Tab also comes preloaded with the usual lineup of Windows apps, including Internet Explorer 10, Office, SkyDrive and Bing Search. Samsung's Family Story app allows seamless sharing and synching with your other devices. No word on price or availability, but we hope to have a preview and photos soon!
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