As a key part of the rollout of eight Windows 8 PC models this week, Samsung on Monday took the wraps off of the first two entries in its new ATIV Smart PC lineup of touch-enabled tablet convertibles.
Slated for availability on the October 26th launch date for Microsoft's Windows 8, Samsung's ATIV Smart PC 500T and ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T are each able to switch from use as a tablet PC and clamshell notebook PC through the attachment of an optional keyboard included with the units. Both will also come with a Samsung S Pen for content creation.
Beyond that, the two ATIV convertibles will each be outfitted with a 11.6-inch LED touch screen featuring SuperBright Plus Technology (400nit). Screen resolution is 1366x768 for the 500T and 1920x1080 for the 700T.
Like the six other Windows 8 PCs that Samsung is previewing this week, the two new Intel processor-based ATIV tablet convertibles are aimed at consumers, officials said, at Samsung's "Framing the Future" press event in New York City on Monday night.
Also at the event, however, Samsung talked up plans for the business market. Samsung is looking at producing an ARM-based, business-oriented tablet convertible, similar in form factor to the 500T, which would run Windows RT rather than Windows 8, acknowledged Charles Young, a Samsung field marketing rep, speaking with NotebookReview at the event.
In the enterprise space, Samsung plans to target Windows 8 PCs at industries that include government, retail stores, and education, both K-12 and the college/university market, said Tod Pike, senior VP of Samsung's Enterprise Business Division, during a presentation.
Other consumer-oriented Windows 8 PCs showcased by Samsung this week include two new ultrabooks -- the Series 5 Ultra Touch and Series 9 Premium Ultrabook -- along with Win8-enabled editions of Samsung's Series 3 and Series 7 notebooks and two new all-in-one models: the Series 5 All-in-One and Series 7 All-in-One.
ATIV Smart PC 500T: Five-Finger Touch
Equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, Samsung's new SmartPC 500T convertible offers five-finger touch capabilities.
Other features include a 64GGB SSD SSD and 2GB of RAM. Weighing in at 1.65 lbs., the 500T will be priced at $749.99.
ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T: Ten-Finger Touch
Slightly heftier at 1.89 lbs., and not quite as slim, the Smart PC Pro 700T model will provide ten-finger touch capabilities.
The 700T is based on an Intel Core i5-3317U processor. Priced at $1,199.99, the Pro will come with a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM.
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