Samsung's New 10.1-Inch Windows 8 Tablet Challenges The Microsoft Surface

While some PC makers are nervous about building hardware for Windows RT, Samsung is going straight in for the kill with its newly announced Samsung Ativ Tab. Will it be enough to steer people away from Microsoft Surface?

The Ativ Tab has 10.1-inch 1366x768 display, it's 8.9mm thick and weighs 567 grams. It's slimmer and lighter than the last Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it also does one better in specs with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage. Besides Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi, the Ativ Tab also has NFC, GPS, USB 2.0 and miniHDMI ports. We would never encourage anyone to take photos with a tablet, but the the Ativ Tab comes with a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and shameless self-portraits.

No word yet on pricing or availability, but count on it arriving around the official release of Windows 8 in October.

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