Samsung recently announced that it will be releasing a new Intel Atom powered Windows tablet, the Samsung ATIV Tab 3. The is a 10.1 inch, Windows 8 tablet (not Windows RT), features an 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z270 processor, 2GBs of ram, 64GBs of storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, a digitizer pen, and an optional keyboard case. This tablet is expected to ship in August 2013 and will retail for about $500 to $600, not including the optional keyboard. After the break, check out detailed specs, pricing information, and my initial impressions.
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Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Specs
Here’s what we know to date about the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Specs:
- Model(s): Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Windows 8 Tablet
- Operating System: Windows 8 32-bit
- Processor Intel Atom Z2760 1.8 GHz Dual Core Processor
- Memory: 2GB of Ram
- Hard Drive/Storage: 64GB
- Display: 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 display
- Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
- Connectivity: 802.11 WiFi, Bluetooth
- Audio: Speakers, Microphone, Headphone Jack
- Cameras: 720p front facing, plus rear facing camera
- Ports: micro HDMI, micro USB, micro SD
- Battery: 10 Hours of Battery Life
- Dimensions: 8.2mm thick
- Weight: 1.21 lbs
- Accessories: Included Keyboard Case
Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Price
The Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Price will be in the $500-$600 range. If purchased with the optional keyboard, the price will be $699. The Samsung ATIV Tab 3 price is definitely at the upper end for Intel Atom based tablets.
Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Release Date
Update (8/5/2013): Amazon is listing the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 as available for pre-order. According to Amazon, the Samsung ATIV Tab 3 release date will be August 25, 2013. The Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Release Date was expected to be some time in August of 2013, per Engadget. Samsung has yet to announce the official release date or any pre-order info so the Amazon listed Pre-Order and release date might change.
Samsung ATIV Tab 3 Initial Impressions
At first glance, the ATIV Tab 3 looks like a compelling device. It runs Windows 8 and not Windows RT. It’s thin and light. Its 10 hours of battery life is definitely a winning trait. The included S-Pen digitizer is also a huge feature. I personally don’t think any Windows Tablet should ship without digitizer pen support and a pen port. The ATIV Tab 3 also has a nifty optional keyboard case, another feature all Windows Tablets should have IMO. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this device and testing it out.
I am a bit worried about the price however. When you add the cost of the optional keyboard, $700 just seems like a lot of money for an Intel Atom device. If you are interested in spending that kind of cash, you may be better off getting the Acer Iconia W700, or wait for a Haswell tablet to be released. I also don’t like that the keyboard doesn’t have a trackpad or pointing stick. Once the ATIV Tab 3 is released, I’ll conduct a full review of the tablet. I’ll let you know if its unique and compelling features make the Tab 3 worth the price.