Samsung goes gung-ho with new Windows 8 tablets, announces Galaxy Note 2 with Jelly Bean

August 30, 2012

IFA doesn’t officially start until tomorrow and yet the exhibition has already been flooded with a plethora of new Windows 8 tablets, most notably from Samsung which held a press conference in Berlin last night.

The firm used the conference to announce its new line of ‘Ativ’ Windows 8 tablets, consisting of the Ativ Smart PC, Ativ Smart PC Pro and Ativ Tab.

The first two models offer 11.6-inch Full HD displays and sport Atom and Core i5 processors, respectively, meaning that they run the Intel-version of Windows 8.

Both tablets come with an S-Pen Stylus, a keyboard and USB ports (USB 2.0 on the Ativ Smart PC, USB 3.0 on the Ativ Smart PC Pro), while also boasting impressive staying power when it comes to the battery life. For Samsung says that the Ativ Tab can last for eight hours on a single charge, with the Pro edition staying up for an iPad-beating 13.5 hours.

The Ativ Tab is the Windows RT tablet and has a 10.1-inch display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and USB and HDMI connections. The tablet is 8.9mm thick and comes with the Microsoft Office Home and Student RT preview version pre-installed.

Sadly, Samsung chose not to divulge details on availability at the exhibition, although the expectancy would be that the Windows RT model should launch in October. After all, Microsoft is pushing out both Windows 8 and its own-brand Surface tablet to the general public on October 26.

Price details were also missing from the announcement. This continues to be a hot topic in the tablet industry, with recent reports suggesting that Windows RT tablets will cost $500, with the Windows 8 models going for around $800.

Away from Windows 8 tablets and Samsung also found time at its press conference to announce the much-rumored Galaxy Note 2 phablet and its 4.8-inch Ativ S smartphone, which will run Windows 8 Phone.

The Galaxy Note 2 sports a slightly bigger Super AMOLED screen (5.5-inch vs. 5.3-inch) than its predecessor, and also features an improved S-Pen Stylus and a more punchy  processor (1.6GHz quad-core). As a further coup, the Galaxy Note 2 becomes one of the first tablets to runs Google’s latest OS, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

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