Back in August Samsung unveiled a new lineup of Smart PCs and other devices under the ATIV brand name. All were ready to ship worldwide when Windows 8 launched in October. Microsoft also held a special Windows Phone 8 event in San Francisco in October to officially launch the latest version of its mobile operating platform.
The above included that two new Windows 8 Smart PCs, a Windows-powered phone, and a Windows RT-powered tablet. While Samsung is including a huge collection of Windows 8 apps with the new devices, the Start screen and desktop are purely Microsoft.
Samsung has established itself as an industry leader in mobile hardware, so their answer to the Windows Phone 8 is the Samsung ATI S, made of aluminum with a 1.5 GHz processor that’s ready to pair with Microsoft’s new smartphone OS. It’s part of Samsung’s line of mobile devices designed specifically for Windows 8.
When you first see it, the ATIV S closely resembles the Galaxy S3. It has the same aluminum chassis, is just slightly longer than the S3 and has a physical Windows button and a capacitive back and search keys, like all Windows Phone 8 devices so far. Both devices are of similar thickness.
While it lacks the S3’s quad-core, the ATIV S has a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz. There’s 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage with the option for MicroSD expansion and a removable 2300 mAh battery.
The ATIV S has a large, 4.8 inch AMOLED screen. It uses Gorilla Glass 2, who you can find on most smartphones these days.
It has a dedicated camera button on the lower right side. Once in picture-taking mode you’ll immediately notice the large software buttons for functions like adjusting flash, taking video and switching to the 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
The ATIV Smart PC Series 5 and Smart PC Pro Series 7 are physically identical convertible PCs that look exactly like a conventional 11.6 inch laptop, with a full-size keyboard and trackpad. The specs (and prices) are very different, however, so beware.
The other ATIV devices include a Windows RT-powered tablet, and a new Windows Phone-powered device called the TIV S. And don’t forget the ATIV Tab.
Minus the keyboard of its ATIV Smart PC kin, the ATIV Tab is a pure tablet running Windows RT.
With a 10.1 inch HD screen, it adds a level of crispness that others might not be able to have. The design is not metallic, and less than 9mm in thickness, weighing in at half a kilo.
The company also offered new touch-capable Windows 8 all-in-one devices, with screen sizes of 23 and 27 inches and resolutions ranging from 1920×1080 to a full 2560×1440. Designs include space-saving wireless keyboards with Fn keys for each function on the Windows 8 Charms menu.
Samsung will be differentiating the family of devices, while also tying them together, with a series of Windows 8 apps and a common set of features called AllShare Play, which will permit easy media sharing between all members of the ATIV family and also connect to Samsung-fueled Web services.
Basically, Samsung’s line of mobile devices created especially for Windows 8 are as follows: ATIV S, ATIV Tab, ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro.
If this partnership between Samsung and Microsoft proves as profitable as everyone is expecting it to be, then we can definitely look forward to more creations in the future that will further the two companies together. So far the outlook for success seems quite good, as the public has accepted the mobile devices it has seen so far, and the market for the future seems bright indeed.