A few days back, Samsung announced that it will unveil the Windows 8 based ultrabooks and hybrid tablets at a special event on October 15. As promised, the South Korean tech giant has lifted the curtains off a collection of Windows 8 based devices including the Smart PC.
While unveiling the Windows 8 based products, Samsung America consumer electronics head Tim Baxter was quoted stating, “Tablets and smartphones are ushering in a new era of computing mobility. New categories will arise as a result of this.”
Baxter added that “The Smart PC is a new category driven by innovation and U.I., with Windows 8 as the lynch pin.”
The company’s lineup of Windows 8 devices includes the previously unveiled Series 5 and Series 7 tablets, which have been re-branded as “ATIV smart PCs,” a pair of all-in-one machines equipped with touch screens, as well as a touch-enabled laptop, the Series 5. Samsung is also updating its regular (non-touch) notebooks to Windows 8, including the beautiful Series 9.
The cheapest Series S Ultra Touch model weighing in at 1.7 grams has a Core i3 processor, which can be upgraded to Core i5, 4GB RAM, 1366 x 768 pixel resolution display and 500GB hard drive with ExpressCache.
Ativ Smart PC 500T runs on Atom Z2760 processor and features 2GB RAM and 64GB internal memory, whereas, 700T has a Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
Pricing & Availability
When it comes to pricing, ATIV Smart PC 500T will be priced at $750 (approx. Rs 39,500 with keyboard) and $650 (approx. Rs 34,500 without keyboard). Also, ATIV Smart PC 700T will be priced at $1,200 (approx. Rs 65,000).
Speaking of Ultrabooks, Series 9 Premium Ultrabook will have a price tag of $1,400 (approx. Rs 74,000) and $1,300 (approx. Rs 69,000) for 15 and 13 inch models respectively.
The 15 inch Series 7 Notebook bears a price tag of $1,100 (approx. Rs 58,000) and 13 inch Series 5 Ultra Touch will cost $860 (approx. Rs 45,500) and $810 (approx. Rs 42,300) for Core i5 and Core i3 processors.
Though the Samsung new devices are unveiled, they will be released into the market only after the official debut of the Windows 8 OS by Microsoft on October 26. Meanwhile, with the release of the new ultranook range by the South korean giant it can be said that 2012 is going to attest a tough fight among major global manufacturers in the Windows 8 powered device's category.
This can be said, as with the Windows 8 release date drawing closer day by day, manufacturers including Sony, Lenovo, Asus, HP and many others are coming up with killer models to face-off the competition.
While, Sony unveiled 11.6-inch, 14-inch and 15.5-inch models of its latest Windows 8 running Vaio series, Lenovo announced a completely unique and innovative new family of Windows 8 Powered IdeaPad Yoga 13, Yoga 11, Lynx and ThinkPad Twist. Also recently, HP the American tech giant, who unveiled a slew of products based on Windows 8 OS including Envy x2, Spectre XT TouchSmart and Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 at IFA 2012, released theSpectre XT in the Indian market in several versions at prices starting at Rs 64,999.
Hence, with the new era of Windows 8 ultrabooks in the global market, all the major manufacturers have taken up the big fight against each other. But one thing, will be good in such a situation, consumers will have excess of options to choose from in the Windows 8 ultrabook market.