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Windows 8 and Atom power for $800?

AT&T announced today that it would carry Samsung's ATIV Smart PC on its growing LTE wireless network. Unlike Microsoft's $499 Surface, which runs Windows RT, the ATIV Smart PC features an x86 processor and runs Windows 8, meaning that it has backwards compatibility with the full Windows application library.
The promise of backwards compatibility, however, is soured a bit by the fact that the ATIV Smart PC uses a 1.5GHz, dual-core Intel Atom processor. Don't expect to be tackling any high-power applications with this tablet.


Other features include an 11.6" display (1366x768) and 64GB of storage (expandable to 96GB via the devices microSD slot).
“We are excited to offer the Samsung ATIV smart PC in stores nationwide ahead of the holiday shopping season,” said Chris Penrose, SVP of AT&T Emerging Devices. “Connected by the nation’s largest 4G network, this Windows 8 tablet gives customers optimized touch interface, instant live tile updates and PC capabilities."
The Samsung's ATIV Smart PC will be priced at $799 and will launch on November 9.

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RE: a little bit bleh
By Roffles on 11/5/2012 3:02:12 PM , Rating: 0
I can't say I'm surprised it's using that old processor. Microarchitecture moves too fast for the technologically illiterate to keep up with. And because this tablet still performs well against quad-core Cortex-A9, I'm sure there will be plenty of suckers who buy this at $800 for the x86 compatibility and (poorly) perceived performance. Add ~$50 for tax and probably ~$100 for accessories and you've spent nearly $1000 (not including broadband contracts) on a device that's essentially outdated before it went on sale. Can you even imagine that?!?

Probably within the next 6 months, we'll start seeing Intel HD5000 powered Haswell tablets with a similar TDP compared to Atom. But don't wait for this amazing new technology that is literally knocking on the door! Why? Because it's the holidays! You gotta buy your tech junk before Jesus' birthday! The Jesus' birthday deadline is FAST APPROACHING...EVERYONE RUN OUT TO THE STORES AND BUY THIS FUTURELESS TECHNOLOGY BEFORE THE ARBITRARY DEADLINE IS UPON US!

RE: a little bit bleh
By datdamonfoo on 11/5/2012 3:10:50 PM , Rating: 3
It ISN'T using that old processor. It's using a brand NEW processor, the Atom Z2760.

RE: a little bit bleh
By DanNeely on 11/5/2012 4:27:36 PM , Rating: 2
It's still the same old atom v1.0 micro-architecture: a better GPU and improved power efficiency (especially at idle); but no faster for nonGFX tasks than any dual core atom released in the past few years.

Atom 2.0 with a new (out of order) architecture is due out next year around the same time as haswell.

RE: a little bit bleh
By datdamonfoo on 11/5/2012 9:06:21 PM , Rating: 2
I need to see some evidence to support this statement.

RE: a little bit bleh
By nordicpc on 11/6/2012 7:03:10 AM , Rating: 2
I own one of these, just a WiFi, and compared to my old Atom Netbook, this thing screams. The Win8 apps run very quickly, no hint of load time woes like the Tegra has, and desktop apps are plenty fast. Loading up something like Acrobat Pro is a little slow (8 seconds or so), but for a tablet that gets 10 hours of battery life, I'm quite happy.

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