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Samsung ATIV S and ATIV Tab available in the UK tomorrow

by Mark Tyson on 13 December 2012, 10:00

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS), Windows Phone, PC

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The Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone looks set to be available starting tomorrow (Friday 14th December) in the UK. Windows Phone obsessed website WPCentral has revealed that both Clove and Expansys in the UK will have stock of the new smartphone available to order tomorrow. Also it insists that previous rumours on various sites that the ATIV S would be even tardier and turn up in February 2013 are wrong.

Despite being one of the first WP8 handsets announced, back in June at the IFA event, the Samsung ATIV S is one of the last to come to market, allowing rival manufacturers to grab early adopters.

Samsung ATIV S back

Here’s a quick refresher of the Samsung ATIV S headlining features:

  • Windows Phone 8
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.8" super AMOLED HD display
  • 8MP camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • MicroSD slot
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi Direct
  • DLNA
  • 3.5mm port
  • Only 8.7mm thick and weighs in at 135g
  • 2,300mAh Li-ion battery

Samsung ATIV S front

Samsung ATIV Tab

Also becoming available from tomorrow we have the Samsung ATIV Tab. WPCentral notes that it is priced at £538.80 in Clove’s online store. This is Samsung’s take on a Windows RT tablet, which unlike the Microsoft Surface should be available at all the usual electronics and computer retailers shortly. (However yesterday we had news that Microsoft is going to distribute the Surface outside of its own retailers) Samsung’s Windows RT tablet features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB RAM with a 10.1-inch screen, the full spec rundown is below:

  • Windows RT OS
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 10.1" HD LCD Display, 1366x768 pixels
  • 5MP rear Camera, 1.9MP front facing camera
  • 32GB (or 64GB) Internal Storage and MicroSD slot (up to 64GB)
  • S-GPS & GLONASS, Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 (no cellular data option)
  • MicroHDMI
  • USB Host
  • 265.8 x 168.1 x 8.9mm, 570g
  • 8,200mAh Li-ion battery

The Samsung ATIV Tab is very sleek

The Samsung ATIV Tab is a much more traditional looking tablet than the Microsoft Surface and is initially priced at £538.80 at Clove, as specified above with 32GB of flash storage. Since the 32GB Surface is quite a lot cheaper at £399 from the Microsoft UK online store I simply don’t know, beyond styling considerations, why someone would buy this Samsung ATIV Tab instead.

Is anybody interested in purchasing one of the Samsung ATIV range?

The Samsung ATIV range

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The ATIV S is the Windows Phone I'd have… but I'm not convinced that WP8 is quite there yet (with regards to the some of the Android apps I use - the OS looks brilliant).
Isnt the ATIV S just a GSIII, with a different OS? If so, why has it taken them so long to get it out?
Not a huge fan of the design, and it seems expensive compared to other WP8 devices for the spec….. but I reckon Samsung are the only WP8 vendor I am certain will still be in business in 2 years' time. Can't say the same for Nokia, and HTC's profits have been savaged by competition from Samsung in the mid-high end Android space.
The ATIV Smart PC (Atom powered W8 tablet) looks the pick of the bunch to me - full x86 windows compatability, good size and battery life.
If I had to get a WP8 I'd still go for the Lumia 920, it looks the business.