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August 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Samsung announces Ativ-branded Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices

Samsung announced today a line of devices based on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 that it’s branding “Ativ.”

The Ativ line that Samsung introduced at the IFA tech conference in Berlin includes the Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro (convertible tablet/notebooks), Ativ Tab (a tablet) and Ativ S (a smartphone).

“Ativ” is backwards for “vita,” which Samsung says means “life” in Latin and is related to the idea of making “everyone’s life extraordinary with excitement,” according to a Samsung news release.

ATIV Smart PC.jpgThe 11.6-inch, 9.9-mm thick Smart PC (shown above) and the 11.6-inch, 11.9-mm thick Smart PC Pro (shown below) are convertible laptop/tablet devices that include multi-touch tablets, detachable keyboard-docking systems and the S Pen stylus. The Smart PC runs on an Intel Atom processor while the Smart PC Pro runs on an Intel Core i5 processor. Both are backwards compatible with Windows 7.

ATIV Smart PC Pro.jpg

Additionally , they both feature USB ports (2.0 for the Smart PC; 3.0 for the Smart PC Pro), mHDMI, miniSD and two extra USB 2.0 ports on the keyboard. Samsung estimates battery life of up to 13.5 hours for the Smart PC and up to eight hours for the Smart PC Pro.

ATIV Tab.jpg

ATIV S.jpgThe Ativ Tab (above) is Samsung’s Windows RT tablet. (Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 designed to run on ARM-based chips. It is not backwards compatible.) The tablet is 8.9 mm thick, has a 10.1″ display, USB port and uHDMI. Samsung did not give an estimate on battery life for the tablet’s 8,200 mAh battery.

The Ativ S smartphone (at right) is the first Windows Phone 8 device that’s been officially announced. It has a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, HSPA +42 connectivity, 4.8″ HD Super AMOLED display, and 8.7 mm brushed aluminum chassis.There’s a choice of 16GB or 32GB for storage and both have a MicroSD slot, according to the official Windows Phone Blog.

Samsung did not specify prices for the devices.

[Photos of Ativ devices from Samsung]

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