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Samsung ATIV Tab review

4.7/10 AVG.

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The Samsung ATIV Tab currently has an Informr score of 4.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Samsung ATIV Tab has decent features under the hood and an attractive design that makes it an adept alternative to Microsoft's $499 Surface RT. The ATIV Tab though doesn't stand out against the market-leading iPad, as well as other Windows RT tablets.

Resembling the Android-running Galaxy tablet with a Windows logo underneath the screen, the ATIV Tab has a classy build quality. It has a 9mm-thick brushed metal body, subtle curves, and is among the lightest Windows 8 tablets weighing in at only 1.2 pounds.

The tablet has decent hardware, which include a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an SD card for additional storage, front and rear cameras, NFC for contact-less payments and data transfers, Bluetooth and a full-sized USB port to connect to accessories. It has no 3G or 4G connectivity, thus will connect to the Internet only via Wi-Fi.

The 10.1-inch screen on the ATIV has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which gives a pixel density of about 155ppi. Although the resolution is miles away from the 264 ppi Retina display of the fourth generation iPad, its still a bright, crisp and clear display at normal viewing distances.

While pre-installed with a trial version of Microsoft Office 2013, the ATIV Tab, like the Surface RT, is unable to run legacy software or desktop programs available for Windows 8 or previous versions. Only apps designed for the new "Metro" interface, which so far only total 10,000 in Microsoft's own Marketplace, can be downloaded to the device.

For Windows fans looking for an entry level tablet, the ATIV Tab should be a decent choice. But users who want a device that's able to run their desktop apps or want cellular connectivity should instead opt for the full-blown Windows 8-running and the cellular-ready Ativ Smart PC or the Ativ Smart PC Pro.

Need to know: Samsung ATIV Tab

1. Slim and light-weight design. (The Good)

2. Bright, crisp and clear display. (The Good)

3. Other than the NFC and full-sized USB not found in the iPad, the ATIV Tab offers basic functionality. (The Bad)

4. Windows RT devices have yet to gain ground in the tablet market and have limited apps available for download. (The Bad)

Operating system
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


In terms of design and hardware the ATIV Tab is a not a revolutionary product but the software is new and even in this stage with some issues it’s still delivers a good user experience. The gestures based navigation is easy and natural to use. We liked the split view option were you can open 2...

- admin, SamMobile

- Daniel Cooper, Engadget
Tom's Hardware

Does the ATIV Tab deliver a better experience in Windows RT than its competition? Not really. The same limitations we ran into on the Surface apply here as well. Samsung's device does wield faster hardware, but IE10 still stutters if you ask too much of it. Moreover, in a multi-monitor configuration...

- Andrew Ku, Tom's Hardware

The Samsung Ativ Tab is a solid, even premium device, with generally good specs, a good build quality and a great battery life

- James Rogerson, TechRadar

The Samsung ATIV Tab is the company's first tablet running the ARM-optimised Windows RT operating system. The plastic case is of very good quality. The latest wireless technologies, the performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus SoC, and the positioning of the speakers are all convincing advanta...

- Felix Sold, Notebookcheck

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Screen Size

The Samsung ATIV Tab's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.5 GHz

There is a Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A Dual-core 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 8200 mAh battery.

ATIV Tab Specs

Release date November 9, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Snapdragon S4 Plus APQ8060A Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Internal Storage 32/64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 8200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 26.6 x 0.9 cm (6.6 x 10.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 570 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 155 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Windows Live
Messaging No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC, WMA
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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