Samsung unveiled its ATIV Smart PC in the US with AT&T early last month. The LTE Samsung ATIV sold by AT&T, however, was black. Samsung announced this week that the company would manufacture a white or “frosted” version of its ATIV Smart PC. The new device will come with the same specifications as the AT&T tablet, the exception being the tablet color:
- 4,800mAh battery
- OS: Windows 8
- 64GB internal memory storage
- Micro-SD card slot
- Micro-HDMI port
- Webcam for video chat
- 8-megapixel, rear-facing camera with LED flash
- Long term evolution (LTE)
- Ambient light sensor
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA)
- 11.6-inch display
- 1366 x 768 screen resolution
- Dual-core, 1.8Ghz Clover Trail Processor
- 2GB RAM
The ATIV PC is a Windows 8 tablet, so you will get the live tiles and user interface of the Windows 8 experience. The device provides 64GB of internal storage but allows you to add to this by way of a micro-SD card slot. The micro-SD card slot helps the ATIV tablet stand out when compared to tablets that are deemed superior but lack a card slot for memory expansion. Samsung created the ATIV PC with an 11.6-inch display, one inch wider than Microsoft’s Surface RT and Pro tablets (10.6 inches). You can tell by the display alone that Samsung created this tablet as a laptop of sorts and not for basic tablet use (although some may choose to use the tablet in this manner). 11.6-inch displays are characteristic of laptops, not mobile tablets. Most attempt to stay around 10.1 inches (even Microsoft’s Surface is a deviation that fares outside the norm).
The ATIV’s 4,800mAh battery is more of an average battery size than one that places the ATIV on the cutting edge of technology. Sony’s newly-announced water and dust-resistant Xperia Z tablet will have a 6,000mAh battery as part of its spec makeup. Samsung should have bumped up its battery life before manufacturing a white version of the ATIV PC, but the company chose not to. This is unfortunate when you consider that the price of the ATIV is somewhere around $1,000 (1,090,000 won). Most $1,000 tablets provide a sufficient battery life. While Sony’s Xperia Z is a new tablet, it too, could use an improvement in battery life. Samsung’s ATIV PC may provide somewhere between 4-6 hours of battery life, depending on the task.
Samsung made a decision to keep the white Samsung ATIV tablet local for South Koreans. The company has its own reasons for doing this, and may change its mind later on regarding tablet sales. For now, however, the low approval ratings of Windows 8, the small-scale screen resolution, and the screen size alone may prove to be deterrents, even for South Koreans. In America, AT&T offered the ATIV PC off-contract, meaning that the carrier does not even consider it much of a product that mandates carrier subsidies.
With tablets such as the iPad 4 (and soon, iPad 5), Google Nexus 7 (7-inch) and 10 (ten-inch), as well as the Microsoft Surface and Sony’s new Xperia Z, you will get enough of the tech specs you want for less than that of the ATIV PC. If you still want to purchase the ATIV PC, you can get it off-contract for $800. The keyboard is sold separately and will cost another $130 if you want to make the leap.