Samsung Announces Tablet-Notebook Hybrids: Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro

Samsung unveiled a boatload of stuff at its IFA 2012 event. We have already written about the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Camera, the Ativ S, and the Ativ Tab. Two other stars of the Ativ line-up that Samsung introduced yesterday are – Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro.


Samsung Ativ Smart PC

The Ativ Smart PC is a hybrid device that can act as both a tablet and a notebook. The Ativ PC features an 11.6-inch ten figure multi-touch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels that can be easily removed from the keyboard dock to function as a neat looking tablet. Under the hood, the Ativ PC is powered by a Clover Trail based Intel Atom processor, which might not be the fastest chip around, but is efficient enough to extract 13.5 hours of battery backup. There is a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2 mega-pixel front cam.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Ativ Smart PC Pro packs in more power thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor, and lasts a respectable 8 hours on battery. Other specs have also been beefed up in the Pro edition. The tablet comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, and the rear camera has been upgraded to 8 mega-pixels. Both the devices will ship with Windows 8 and are being touted as fully Windows 7 compatible.

Samsung is also bundling the S Pen that we saw in the Note 2 with the Ativ hybrids. The Smart PC includes a USB 2.0 port, while the Pro edition ships with an USB 3.0 port. Additionally, the keyboard dock for both features two extra USB 2.0 ports. Other known features include mHDMI and miniSD compatibility. The devices will probably be released in the US on October 26 when Windows 8 starts shipping. The Smart PC will cost $750 (a hundred bucks less if you don’t want they keyboard dock), while the Smart PC Pro will cost $1119.

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