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.
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.
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.