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.