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Old November 5th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro - The future of computing?

This is the device that I imagined when Asus first announced their Transformer Android tablet nearly 2 years ago (it was released March 2011).

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/t...XE700T1C-A04US

Basically, my issue with tablets is that they are essentially just a smartphone OS scaled to a larger screen. Sure, there are tablet apps that take better advantage of the tablet over a smartphone, such as Google's Chrome. The browser on a tablet acts more like the desktop counterpart (just 4 versions behind). Make no mistake though, these are still "apps" and not "programs." These devices are still very limited compared to a desktop PC or even a laptop.

However, with Windows 8, we're seeing some hybrid devices. Like the Asus Transformer, these are tablets that connect to a foldable keyboard dock to act as a laptop. Windows 8 RT functions more like a tablet using ARM chips, but Windows 8 Pro uses x86 chips. The Asus VIVO Tab Pro is much like their transformer, just using Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, 1366x768 display, and even an Intel integrated media accelerator.

However, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro dwarfs that. Intel Core-i5 (dual-core variant), 4GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD4000, and a true 1080p display. This is a real computer, not an overgrown phone. So far, I've found it for sale at only 3 places, and thankfully nowhere near the listed $1,900 price tag on Samsung's website.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-ATIV-S.../dp/B0098O9TRO
http://www.expansys-usa.com/samsung-...psrid=26279350
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/SAM...psrid=26279346

Personally, I'm waiting for the Haswell-based variants to start coming out in late summer. A true quad-core Haswell i5/i7, w/6 or 8GB of RAM, and potentially a dedicated GPU like today's newer ultrabooks, just separated from the keyboard. With how thin the new iMac is, getting those specs on a 12" tablet is very close to reality.

This is the real post-PC era, and who would have thought that Microsoft would have executed it so well before someone else?
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A 12" tablet is a bit big. Also, I can buy separate devices and save half the cost, for my usage anyway.
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A 12" tablet is a bit big. Also, I can buy separate devices and save half the cost, for my usage anyway.
I agree with the 12" being too big. I already find the iPad is sometimes just a tiny bit too large in certain situations.
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I agree with the 12" being too big. I already find the iPad is sometimes just a tiny bit too large in certain situations.
I suppose if you're thinking of it as a tablet first, then it's too big. If you think of it as a laptop first, it might be too small. But, that's not how I look at it.

-It's a best-in-class tablet when I need it to be, but runs all of my desktop programs.

-When docked, it's a true foldable laptop.

-On my desk, I can run HDMI to my monitor, audio cable to my speakers, and USB hub to keyboard/mouse. It can become a desktop replacement to someone who doesn't game.

This is an excellent, versatile system.
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I've tried the Samsung atom version.... a bit under powered. Size was fine though. I love the surface but RT seems like such a waste compared to the atom chips. I'm pretty much in the same boat waiting on has well versions. I do have a surface rt in the meantime though.
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