Samsung has announced new, updated hardware configurations for its mobile Windows 8 PC products, adding new options to devices in its ATIV Smart PC Pro and Series 9 Premium Ultrabook ranges. The company said recently that the updated version of the ATIV Smart PC Pro now supports AT&T’s 4G LTE, a feature previously absent on models belonging to this range. At the same time, the company says it has added full HD resolution for products under its nine-month old Series 9 Premium Ultrabook portfolio.
“With the introduction of the new professional ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T and the full HD resolution Series 9 Premium Ultrabook, Samsung is continuing its focus on innovation while delivering on the needs of a growing number of mobile professionals,” Tod Pike, senior vice president of Samsung’s Enterprise Division, said in a press statement. “Samsung is providing business professionals on-the-go with the necessary tools for increased connectivity, productivity, and ultimately success.”
ATIV Smart PC Pro
Tablets in Samsung’s ATIV Smart PC Pro range come with a detachable keyboard, 10-point touch capability, and Samsung’s proprietary S Pen technology, designed for users who like to take handwritten notes. The tablet ships with an 11.6-inch 1080p display, an Intel Core i5 3317U processor with integrated HD 4000 graphics, 4gb of RAM, and a 128gb SSD. The device is likewise equipped with a two-megapixel front camera and a five-megapixel rear camera, a USB 3.0 port, and Bluetooth 4 and WiDi support. The tablet weighs around 1.98 lbs and is 0.47 inches thick.
Observers note that the absence of 4G LTE support in previous versions of the ATIV Smart PC Pro had made the device less suited for business customers who are frequently on the move.
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro comes with a $1,600 price tag. But consumers looking to use the ATIV’s hybrid functionality will have to pay an additional $150 for the keyboard dock.
Series 9 Premium Ultrabook
Meanwhile, the Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook with full HD is the latest addition to Samsung’s Series 9 business-ready products. The updated version comes with a LED-backlit 1080p panel, which replaces the 13-inch 1600×900 display that came with Series 9 devices issued last year. The new display delivers up to 40 percent more screen content and is 50 percent brighter than most standard laptop screens, according to Samsung.
Designed specifically for professionals on-the-go, the Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook packs the processing power of an Intel Core i7 3517U processor. The processor employs hyper-threading technology to allow smooth multi-tasking. This means users can count on relatively hiccup-free performance when, say, accessing phone services (read more) while working on MS Office documents. The Core i7 3517U touts Intel’s integrated HD 4000 graphics technology, as well.
The laptop comes with a 256gb SSD, one USB 3.0 port ,and one USB 2.0 port. Like the ATIV, the Series 9 Premium Ultrabook ships with 4gb of RAM and a pre-installed Windows 8 Pro operating system. The device weighs 2.56 lbs and is 0.51 inches thick.
The Samsung Series 9 Premium Ultrabook will set you back some $1,900, according to Samsung’s press release.
Robust sales in 4Q 2012
Global tablet sales outpaced predictions in the fourth quarter of 2012 as tablet manufacturers sold some 52.5 million units in the months running up to Christmas last year. The tablet market grew by 75.3 percent year over year in the final quarter of 2012 even as it posted a 74.3 percent increase over sales in the third quarter. Analysts say the robust growth in the tablet market was due mainly to a wide range of product offerings and increased consumer spending during the holidays.
Samsung saw a 263 percent year-on-year growth, shipping nearly 8 million Android and Windows 8 tablet devices during the final quarter of 2012 as the company claimed a 15.1 percent share of the global market.
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