Ativ SmartPC 700T | Samsung
Samsung usually puts on a strange show when it has an "Unpacked" event and the show it staged this year at IFA was no exception. With the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera, a set of Windows 8 devices, and the first-ever Windows Phone 8 device, it was certainly full of new details and new gadgets. It was also emceed by a magician who oversaw the magical puns and a cameo by Wim Wenders. It's not Samsung at its most surreal, but that's an awfully high bar. Check it out in full, below, and then stop by our StoryStream for complete coverage and hands-on with the announced devices.
At large gadget conventions like IFA, the most-talked about company is often the one who isn’t there: Apple. This year, the elephant in the room is actually Microsoft and its two Surface tablets. The Surface is now the de-facto competitor and the standard by which these Windows 8 OEMs will be judged. Sony and Samsung have revealed their latest tablet strategies at IFA 2012 as they prepare to enter the all-important holiday season. Both have shown off new tablets, hybrids, and phones — but as much as the two companies are going head-to-head with each other, they will also be competing with Microsoft’s Surface, and not just on specs.
Hands-on with Samsung's new Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro Windows 8 tablets from IFA 2012. The Smart PC and Smart PC Pro are powered by Intel processors and features detachable keyboard docks.