Samsung goes big with Windows 8-powered Ativ line

NEW YORK — The Ativ name may be silly, but Samsung Electronics is betting heavily on it as the namesake for anything related to Windows.In a showcase that featured a slew of products, Samsung’s Ativ line played a central role. Ativ has become the umbrella brand that includes laptops, tablets, all-in-ones, and smartphones, and some of the devices were on display on Thursday.
Samsung is hoping history repeats itself with Ativ. It previously poured its resources into developing the Galaxy brand for anything associated with Android, and its flagship Galaxy S line of smartphones is a smash hit, with the Galaxy name extending into multiple lines of successful phones and tablets.
Microsoft could certainly use the jolt. The reception for Windows 8 has been tepid, with users uncomfortable with the new tile-based user interface. In May, Microsoft boasted of 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold, but critics contend usage and interest remains low.
The company announced the Ativ Q, a convertible device that can change between tablet and laptop forms and runs Windows and Android.
The device juggles both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, also known as Jelly Bean. Users can switch between the operating systems quickly, and you can pin Android apps on the Windows start screen.
It has a hinge design that allows it to change into four different forms: a flat tablet mode; a laptop mode; an angled display or floating display for more comfortable viewing; and a display mode achieved when you flip the display.
The device runs on a 13.3-inch display with an intensely rich 3,200 by 1,800 pixel resolution and 275 pixels per inch, which the company boasts is the world’s highest resolution. The qHD display is optimized for us in bright sunlight conditions. It also includes a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor for the camera and an Intel i5 Haswell processor. It’s 13.9 millimeters thick and 1.29 kilograms. It has 4 gigabytes of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive for storage. It has two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a slot for a microSD card.
The tablet also comes with an S-Pen stylus, that works with popular apps such as Evernote.
Samsung also announced the Ativ Tab 3, a slate powered by Windows 8.
The company boasts that the Ativ Tab 3 is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet, and said the device shares many design cues with the Galaxy line of tablets. Like the Galaxy Note line and Ativ Q, the Ativ Tab 3 comes with the S-pen stylus, which works with Office applications.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch display with a 1,366 by 768 resolution, weighs 550 grams, and is 8.2 millimeters thick. The tablet uses an Intel Atom processor, has 2GB of memory and 64GB of storage.
Microsoft Office 2013 is bundled into the tablet for free, Samsung said.
The Korean consumer electronics giant also unveiled the Ativ Book 9 Plus, which is the successor to its Series 9 line of laptops, as well as the Ativ Book 9 Lite, which is the budget-friendlier equivalent.
The company unveiled the Ativ One 5 Style, an all-in-one computer expected to compete against Apple’s iMac or other fully integrated computers such as Dell’s XPS One.
(Source: Google News)

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