AT&T has two Windows 8 tabs tabs lined up for the holiday season that will give fans anticipating the new OS a good companion device to Nokia’s Lumia 920. The Asus Vivo Tab RT and Samsung ATIV Smart PC, just like the 920, will be exclusive to AT&T, making the carrier a pretty attractive Windows destination in the next few months.
We’ve already heard plenty about ASUS’s offering, which is basically a Transformer device with Windows RT running under the hood. Equipped with a Tegra 3 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC internal storage and 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display, the device will be a clear competitor to Microsoft’s Surface — just with LTE.
Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC will be a more powerful option that combines the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a full computer. The device comes installed with a full working version of Windows 8, a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013, and an option to attach a keyboard through a docking system. Spec-wise, the device comes with a 11.6-inch HD PLS display, Intel Clover Trail 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, and 64GB internal storage.
Not bad, not bad at all. Neither have been slapped with prices, but we’d imagine something to get announced after Microsoft makes its move later this month. In any case, the device will be available through AT&T “in time for the holidays,” so start saving for one or the other now.
AT&T Debuts Windows 8 Tablets Available for Holiday Shopping Season
New Tablets from ASUS and Samsung Deliver Windows 8
AT&T* today announced a set of new tablets designed for Windows 8; giving customers the convenience of a tablet with productivity of a PC. For the 2012 holiday shopping season, AT&T will be the only U.S. carrier to offer these new tablets from ASUS and Samsung to their customers.
ASUS VivoTab™ RT
ASUS VivoTab™ RT, the first quad-core Windows RT 4G LTE tablet, is an ultra-thin and light tablet designed as the ideal mobile entertainment, productivity and gaming platform with stand-out battery life. The VivoTab™ RT features a 10.1” multi-touch Super IPS display with ASUS TruVivid technology that offers a remarkably vivid and brilliant viewing experience of photos, books, videos, games, applications and more. The VivoTab™ RT is equipped with 32 GB of storage and NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Tegra® 3 TE processor. This 4G LTE capable tablet offers enhanced productivity tools for work or home and comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview Edition.
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
Samsung ATIV Smart PC offers customers the blend of PC capability with the convenient tablet form factor. With a detachable keyboard-docking system users easily switch between a clamshell notebook PC and a tablet PC. The powerful ATIV Smart PC allows users can work or stay entertained while on the go with the 11.6” HD PLS display, Intel Clover Trail 1.5 GHz dual core processor and 64GB internal storage memory. ATIV Smart PC comes installed with Windows 8, and preloaded with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013 for productivity apps, including Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint.
“AT&T is a leader in connected devices, and we are thrilled the Windows 8 tablets will be available on the nation’s largest 4G network,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices. “With Windows 8, both tablets give customers an optimized touch interface, instant live tile updates and PC capabilities. For as low as $10 per month, customers can connect their Windows 8 4G LTE tablets with AT&T’s new Mobile Share plans.”
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas.** With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
Customers purchasing Windows 8 tablets from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans.
Both Windows 8 tablets will be available in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online at www.wireless.att.com in time for the holidays.
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**4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.