Samsung has unveiled the new Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro Windows 8 tablets, the global versions of its Series 5 and Series 7 tablets also recently announced. In fact, the two new tablets are identical to the Series 5 and Series 7, and feature Intel processors, have 11.6-inch displays, and are available with a keyboard dock.
The major difference between the two tablets lies in the processors inside: the Smart PC runs an Intel Atom chip, while the Smart PC Pro uses the more powerful Intel Core i5 processor. The Pro also has more storage (256GB SSD vs. 128GB flash memory), more RAM (4GB vs. 2GB), and a USB 3.0 port in place of the Smart PC's lone USB 2.0 port. The Smart PC is slightly thinner than the Pro — 9.9mm vs. 11.9mm — and it gets 13.5 hours of battery life compared to the Pro's eight hours. While both tablets have 11.6-inch displays, the Smart PC has a 1366 x 768 pixel panel, while the Smart PC Pro upgrades to a Full HD 1980 x 1020 pixel LCD. Both tablets come with microHDMI ports and miniSD card slots, and the keyboard docks include two extra USB 2.0 ports. Ironically, the Smart PC has an 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera, but the Smart PC Pro features a 5 megapixel rear camera and the same 2-megapixel unit on the front.
The Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro run Windows 8 and support Samsung's S Pen input device with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. They come preloaded with Samsung's S Note app that works with the S Pen and support 10-finger multitouch on their HD displays.
Samsung hasn't yet said when these tablets will hit the market, or how much they will cost, but we hope to learn those details in the near future.