Samsung's Going With Windows Phone 8 (and Surface Competitors) too

By Sam Gibbs on at

Maybe it's smarting from the recent Apple victory in the courts, but either way you slice it, Samsung's pretty jazzed by Windows 8, including Windows Phone 8, with the ATIV tablet line, and the ATIV S phone.

First up we've got a two 11.5-inch tablets, both S-Pen enabled, for a bit of stylus-action if that's the way you roll. The ATIVsmart PC is a lower power, 9.9mm-thin Windows 8 tablet, packing an Intel Clover trail CPU; a 10-digit multitouch panel on both the screen and touchpad, and a 14-hour battery life. For the "power user" Samsung's also rolling out the beefier ATIVsmart PC Pro, which throws in a full blown Core i5 into the mix, along with a full HD screen. It's a bit chunkier, sizing up at 11.89mm thick and 884g in weight. Both tablets run full Windows 8, and will be aimed as Surface Pro competitors.

On the ARM side of the street, Samsung's also got a Windows RT tablet up its sleeve. The ATIV Tab is another convertible tablet, this time a 10.1-incher, weighing in at 570g, and 8.9mm thick. It'll come with an 8200mAh battery, that'll hopefully mean it'll last a good day or two, plus it's got USB host, of sorts, and mini HDMI out for hooking up to your TV.

Last but not least in Samsung's Windows 8 onslaught, we've got its first Windows Phone 8, the ATIV S. It packs a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz chip, and comes in at 8.9mm-thin. It's also got an 8MP shooter on the back and a 1.9MP video cam on the front, plus the usual suspects of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and NFC. Could this be the first (only) Windows Phone 8 to give Nokia some competition this September? I doubt it, but it's nice to confirm that there's someone else bothering to dabble with Windows Phone other than Nokia.