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Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Now at Amazon, ATIV Q Still Missing

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The Samsung ATIV Tab 3, Samsung’s latest attempt at capitalizing on the mid-range Windows market with a tablet running Windows 8, is now available to order from Amazon.com in the United States.

The tablet meets notebook hybrid is the first of the Windows 8 devices that Samsung announced at its Premiere 2013 event in London to be made available on American shores.

At its core the $559 ATIV Tab 3 is a Windows variant of Samsung’s Tab line of Android devices. It features a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 2GB of RAM. Unlike what users would expect from a tablet meant to compete with Apple’s iPad, the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 actually uses a 1.8 GHz Intel ATOM processor. This means that users can get the best of both worlds: a tablet that is as thin and light as possible, with a processor and version of Windows 8 that isn’t hampered by the app limitations of Microsoft’s Windows RT.

The Samsung ATIV Tab 3

The Samsung ATIV Tab 3

Users can add more storage space to the 64GB already included with the device using a microSD slot. The ATIV Tab 3 won’t be shipped until August 25th at the earliest. The pre-order doesn’t include the keyboard accessory that Samsung that has pushed with its ATIV line of convertibles.

Each ATIV Tab 3 does include a stylus for navigating Windows 8 and writing notes by hand.

Read: Samsung Announces ATIV 3 and ATIV Q Convertible

There’s still no word on when users might be able to pick up the other Windows device that Samsung showed off earlier this summer. The Samsung ATIV Q captured most of the attention at the event for being the first device from Samsung to actually boot both Android and Windows 8.

The ATIV Q featured a 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 3200 x 1800 and a body that allowed it to transform into a laptop and tablet.

While most industry watchers believed that the idea basically stemmed from Samsung being nervous about Windows 8 as a tablet operating system, Samsung’s motivation to lump the two operating system together remains unclear. Samsung didn’t detail an actual timetable for when users might see the ATIV Q in stores, or offer any real guidance on how much the device will cost when it finally does reach stores.

Travis Pope is a Reporter-at-large for GottaBeMobile. He's currently enjoying a romp in the dangerous quicksand that is Microsoft's Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox ecosystem.

4 Comments

  1. David Vega (@twospirits)

    08/06/2013 at 12:49 pm

    It’s a shame that the ATIV Q only comes with 4 GB of ram when the Sony Duo 13 comes with 8. Having 8 GB would really make the device more of a beast. Regardless of the ram though, the Q is still on top of my list to buy.

  2. Linda Greenwood

    08/07/2013 at 6:29 am

    I was really looking forward to the Q until I found out it was crippled with only 4GB of RAM for BOTH Windows AND Android. So you are barely left with 2.5-3GB of memory to run Windows. That’s really unacceptable for such an expensive device. I’m probably going to get a Duo 13 instead. Too bad Samsung created such a great tablet and then ruined everything by including such low-end specs. The Q needs at least 8GB of RAM.

    • Bob

      08/08/2013 at 1:20 pm

      I don’t see the problem with 4 GB.

      First, I plan on getting rid of Android. Unless you play silly games, I don’t understand why Android is on the device in the first place.

      Additional RAM is only necessary in very few cases. Efficient paging in modern OS’s with super fast SSD drives minimizes the need. Unless you edit video’s, play killer games, etc. you will never notice the difference between 8 GB and 4 GB. If you do those activities, I would not suggest this PC.

      • Stu

        08/17/2013 at 6:27 pm

        Exactly!

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