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Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet available for preorder for £549

Online retailer Clove has put the Samsung ATIV Tab Windows RT tablet (opens in new tab) on preorder for a rather steep £549, with the site saying that first stock should be expected towards the end of October (Windows RT launches on 25 October) and, perhaps more importantly, official price and availability have yet to be confirmed.

The device was unveiled more than a month ago at a special event at IFA, Berlin, and was launched with a new ATIV S Windows Phone 8 smartphone and an ATIV SmartPC running Windows 8.

The ATIV Tab is powered by Windows RT, an ARM-based version of Windows 8, and comes with Office 2013 - which includes Word, Excel and Powerpoint. (Check out our hands-on of the Samsung ATIV Tab and Office 2013 (opens in new tab)).

(opens in new tab)There’s also a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip clocked at 1.5GHz, with 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front facing one, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI, microSD, GPS, Glonass, a 10in 1,366 x 768 display, Wi-Fi, S-GPS, HD Video recording and a massive 8200mAh battery.

Interestingly, Samsung has bundled some interesting enterprise-grade applications like Cisco VPN and Juniper Junos Pulse VPN while offering some business features like NFC, On-Device encryption and Exchange ActiveSync.

The 16GB new Apple iPad costs £399 and the iPad 2, only £329 but Samsung’s device is much more flexible and even comes with a keyboard that converts it into a powerful ultra portable laptop.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.