Samsung looks to be keen to point out its commitment to the Windows 8 platform with its freshly-announced Ativ Tab. And by the looks of it this isn't just PR talk. What's more, based on our first impressions of the slate, the company might become a major player in the Windows tablet game.
The Ativ Tab is built around a 10.1" IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 400-nits of brightness. It's powered by a Snapdragon S4 APQ8060a chipset, featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and 2GB of RAM.
The Samsung Ativ Tabs weighs just 570 grams, which is a decent achievement for tablet of this size. Thanks to that and its 8.9mm slim waistline, the Ativ Tab handles quite nicely as far as 10" slates go.
In terms of connectivity, the Samsung Ativ Tab offers NFC, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI and a full USB 2.0 port, as well as a microSD card slot. On the back, there's a 5MP camera with LED flash, while a 1.9MP snapper at the front takes care of video-chatting.
Windows 8 is expected to be released at the end of October, but our experience with the Consumer Preview running on the Ativ Tab was positive. The new UI is quick and looks sharp, and the navigation is drastically different from previous Windows releases - even Windows Phone, despite the similar styling. You will most likely need some time to learn your way around the OS, but once you do you'll really appreciate what Microsoft has done with the place.
Here's our hands-on video of the Samsung Ativ Tab's user interface.