At IFA 2012, Samsung unveiled new "ATIV" brand that introduces Windows 8 devices Smart PCs, tablets and Windows Phone 8 for smartphones.
ATIV, the reverse order of the word VITA, meaning "Life" in Latin, brings the Windows 8 devices ATIV SMART PC, ATIV Smart PC Pro, ATIV Tab, and ATIV S Windows Phone 8.
Samsung ATIV Tab (Windows RT Tablet) is designed with a classy hairline finish, and delivers a full Windows 8-based PC experience with superior tablet mobility. The ATIV Tab is compatible with a range of Windows-based PC devices and accessories, including printers, keyboards, projectors, external monitors, and other peripherals, through its USB port and uHDMI, with no need to install extra software.
- Display 10.1" - 1366x768
- 1.5 GHz Dual Core CPU
- 5MP Rear Camera 1.9MP Front Camera
- 8.9mm thickness weighing in at 570g
The 11.6-inch Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro provide computing power with Windows 8 functionality as well as full Windows 7 compatibility. Each device features a detachable keyboard-docking system that allows users to easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC form factor. These devices allow for great mobility with maximum productivity.
An advanced 10-finger multi-touch screen provides a technological leap in interactivity, surpassing the traditional two-finger touch features.
ATIV Smart PC
- Next Gen Atom CPU
- Display 11.9 - 1366x768
- Battery life 13.5hours / 9.4 hours DVD playback time
- 9.9mm thick with keyboard 19.9mm with keyboard
- Weight 750g without keyboard / 1.48kg with keyboard
- Memory 2GB
- Hard Disk 128GB SSD
ATIV Smart PC Pro
- CPU Core i5
- Display 11.6 Screen - 1920x1080
- Battery 8 hours / DVD playback time 5hours
- Thickness 11.89mm without keyboard / 21.89 with keyboard
- Weight 884g without keyboard / 1.6KG with keyboard
- Memory 4GB
- Hard Disk 256GB SSD
Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 Smartphone comes in a crazy-thin 8.7mm brushed aluminum chassis with a huge 4.8" HD Super AMOLED display made from Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, and an 8MP autofocus rear camera and 1.9MP front-facing camera.
You'll have the choice of two storage capacities - 16GB or 32GB - and both models have a MicroSD slot for expanded storage. Backing all of this up is a massive 2300mAh battery to keep you rocking all day.
Also, at the IFA 2012, Berlin, Unreal Engine 3 running on an ASUS Windows RT tablet powered by NVIDIA's Tegra, was shown demostrated running the engine flagship demo Epic Citadel.
The joint effort by NVIDIA and Epic (the company behind the Unreal Engine 3) made porting the engine to Windows 8 and RT possible, which was made available to developers last week. Operating on 9 platforms, with more than 20 integrated technologies and licensed for more than 225 titles, the Unreal Engine 3 is certainly more than welcome on the new Windows.
Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic Games stated:
"The Unreal Engine 3-powered 'Epic Citadel' demonstration for Windows RT tablets implements the full DirectX 9 pipeline, with shaders and materials, all running beautifully on Tegra 3. By porting the full engine as opposed to a modified mobile version, NVIDIA and Epic have made it easy for UE3 developers around the world to bring their best content to Windows RT, Windows 8 and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor. Windows RT code is available to licensees from Epic now and we're excited to see the great games they develop with it."
Check out the Epic Citadel demonstration in the video below:
Asus' Vivo Tab RT tablet powered Nvidia's Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU, and runs on Windows RT with Office 2013 pre-installed was also demonstrated.
"ASUS presents a quick run-through of the brand new ASUS Vivo Tab RT (TF600), running Windows RT. Being one of the lightest & thinnest 10.1-inch tablets in the market, it's powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU, making it incredibly smooth and responsive. The newly designed, optional mobile dock provides extended battery life, keyboard, touchpad and additional connectivity via a USB port -- you can even connect game controllers! The ASUS Vivo Tab RT also comes with MS Office 2013 preinstalled, making it the ideal tablet for all around use," the video description reads on Asus' YouTube page.
Sony too announced a Windows 8 device called VAIO Duo 11 PC that also turns into a smart, intuitive touchscreen tablet.
Its Surf Slider design, switches Duo 11 smoothly between keyboard and tablet modes. Specifications include:
Processor: Intel Core 17, i5, or i3
Operating System: Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro
Memory: 4GB or 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM
Screen: 11.6-inch "OptiContrast" Panel (with resolution of 1920x1080)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Finally, surprisingly, Nokia welcomed Samsung with a pla-card displaying "Samsung: Nokia Welcome You Back To Windows Phone."
With Nokia World kicking off at the same time as the New York event, Nokia Italy has a new teaser video foretelling that "things are going to change" next week for Europe as well.
Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch deates revealed today --
"October 25, Microsoft's big launch event for Windows 8 and the Surface RT scheduled in New York City.
October 29. Official "launch" of Windows Phone 8, likely to be held on the west coast, either in San Francisco or Los Angeles. But this is considered the "consumer launch" of the product, with handsets to be made available starting a week or two later, meaning early November, as other sources of mine had indicated.
October 30 to November 2. Microsoft's Build 2012 developer-focused conference where talks surround "Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Azure, Xbox," and more," posted ZDNet.
ATIV Smart PC Pro hands-on video:
ATIV Tab hands-on video: