SAMSUNG HAS LAUNCHED its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S, as well as a tablet and two laptop/tablet hybrids that will run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system.
The launch comes a week ahead of Nokia's expected launch of its first handset running the next generation Microsoft Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system.
At the IFA technology conference in Berlin on Wednesday, Samsung unveiled a raft of devices under the Ativ brand, its new name for its Windows based family of machines.
The Ativ S is aimed at both business and personal use, offering a 'hairline' thin design with a 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and HSPA+42 connectivity.
The Samsung push for Windows 8 is unlikely to go down well with Microsoft's mobile partner Nokia. The two firms have a joint event scheduled for 5 September, where it is expected that Nokia will unveil the first Windows Phone 8 device.
Meanwhile, the 11.6in Ativ Smart PC (below) and Smart PC Pro are laptop/tablet hybrids, which offer a tablet with a detachable keyboard dock, similar to the Asus Transformer Pad.
They will run Windows 8, as well as offering compatibility with Windows 7. Samsung will be hoping to attract business users who want a tablet that they can also use for productivity tasks. For this purpose, Samsung has also thrown in its S Pen stylus.
Samsung said the Smart devices have 10-finger rather than the normal 2-finger multi-touch capabilities, which we'll be looking to test during IFA this week.
The Smart PC Pro (below
The new Samsung Ativ Tab is a Windows 8 tablet. It weighs 570g, measures 266x168x8.9mm and features a 10.1in 1366x768 display.
The tablet offers instant booting and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT preview.
The announcements cap a busy afternoon for Samsung at IFA, where it also unveiled its much-anticipated Galaxy Note 2 smartphone, boasting a 5.5in screen and a 1.6GHz processor running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. µ