Samsung Ativ Tab 3: 64GB Windows 8 Tablet

Samsung ATIV Tab 3  (yeah it’s ATIV or ACTIV) looks similar to tablets offered by the South Korean firm, only that it runs on Windows 8 and powered by Intel Atom Z2760 CPU. Although the specs may not be impressive on first glance, ATIV Tab 3 is actually the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet and has a solid 2GB RAM to allow smooth loading of your Windows Apps.

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The Windows 8 interface works well on the 10.1-inch screen although not as sharp since the 1366×768 resolution is shown on a PLS LCD screen which is not as high quality. But for a tablet priced for affordable mid-range market, it is still equally stunning.

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The tablet itself is lightweight (only 550g) without the external Bluetooth keyboard that comes together with the tablet. In terms of the ports, the tablet is equipped  with only a microUSB, microHDMI and microSD slot. I was hoping to see an extra microUSB slot but it works fine to increase the battery life. The battery can last for about 10 hours for non-stop usage. Since the external keyboard is using its own battery, it allows the tablet to last longer.

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The tablet also comes with S-Pen which makes it easier to use the tablet without the keyboard. The keyboard is also pretty lightweight and has a magnetic cover that can be turned into a viewing stand.

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The ATIV Tab 3 also comes pre-installed with Office Home edition, which makes your life way easier if you depend a lot of office apps for your work. The front-facing camera is grainy but the rear camera did a pretty decent job in capturing important moments.

Priced at about RM2399, it is rather affordable for a Windows 8 tablet that offers better productivity than the Android-based tablets.

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