Here is what the Surface will go up against when it arrives at the end of October. If anyone can challenge the glitz and promise of Microsoft’s hardware, it’s Samsung. And while the Korean company hasn’t achieved the success in the Windows realm like it has with Android, it’s new ATIV Tab might be a big step toward evening out the disparity.
Announced at IFA on Wednesday, the Windows RT device is a slate that, while not mind blowing on paper, will bring a healthy dose of quality and portability. Similar to its Note 10.1 cousin, the ATIV comes equipped with a 1,366×768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear cam (1.9-megapixel front) and HDMI and USB ports.
It’s a familiar Samsung tablet design — though I gotta say that the addition of the Windows belly button is odd, especially because it’s designed specifically for landscape. On the other hand, that’s where your thumb rests when in portrait anyway, so it might not be an issue.
That aside, Samsung will offer 32GB and 64GB storage options and an insane 8200mAh battery — that’s a 1,200 difference over the Note 10.1. The company didn’t divulge release info, or price, but it’s likely we can expect this Windows RT tab to hit before the year is up.