The ATIV Smart PC Pro, officially announced by the Korean giant Samsung at IFA 2012, represents the manufacturer’s top-level product lineup. Running the Windows 8 platform, this stylish tablet easily transforms into a full-fledged ultrabook with the help of a keyboard dock station. Let’s have a closer look at it in our review.
In a tablet mode, the Samsung Smart PC PRO measures 12 inches wide, 7.5 inches deep and comes in at feather-light 2 pounds, so it will easily fit into even a very small bag or case. That size, coupled with a larger 11.6-inch screen, will come in very handy for various office-specific tasks. If you need a regular laptop, here comes the keyboard dock to help you: folding up into a cover, it offers a whole bunch of useful features intrinsic to a full-fledged machine (e.g. touch-typing etc.).
The Smart PC PRO 11-incher’s display will go on sale upgraded to an amazing Full HD panel supporting IPS technology, which allows for incredibly wide viewing angles and, therefore, comfortable visual experience when sharing the screen. The resolution is also impressive and matches the mentioned features with its 1,980 x 1,020 pixels. In addition, the PC PRO’s screen comes equipped with a 5MP rear camera along with a 2MP unit on the front.
Running Windows 8 operating system, the Samsung Smart PC PRO will support the dedicated stylus technology with 1,024 levels of sensitivity – S Pen – that offers a plethora of user-friendly features (e.g. handwriting, varying thickness when drawing or writing etc.). The reviewed ultraportable will arrive preloaded with S-Pen-specific apps that allow for purely natural and intuitive work – S Note, S Memo and S Cloud.
Connectivity features include a micro-HDMI port, a mini-SD card slot, two USB 2.0 ports sitting on the keyboard dock, and a USB 3.0 socket. For wireless connection, you will get 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
In terms of technicalities, the Samsung’s PC PRO ultrabook comes powered by the latest generation Core i5-3317U chips paired with an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 card, 4GB RAM and an up to 256GB SSD. With such specs, the reviewed machine is designed to deliver powerful and speedy performance that allows to run applications effortlessly and work with any content.
Summarizing the above specs and features, we can build a complete picture of the Smart PC PRO ultraportable:
|CPU||Intel Core i5-3317U (Ivy Bridge), clocked at 1.70 GHz, 3MB L3|
|Display||11.6″ 1,920 x 1,080 Full HD LED panel, 400 nits SuperBright™ Plus Technology|
|RAM||4GB, DDR3 (1600MHz)|
|Storage||128GB SSD, SATA2|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4000, integrated|
|Sound||1.6W Stereo Speaker (0.8W x 2), SoundAlive software|
|Web Camera||2.0 MP HD (Front)
5.0 MP HD (Rear)
|Wireless connectivity||802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Di|
|I/O ports||Gigabit LAN, micro-HDMI, 1 x USB 3.0, Headphone/MIC combo, micro-SD|
|Battery||4 cell / Li-Po, 49 watt hours|
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||11.6″ x 7.2″ x 0.5″|
|Weight (lbs)||1.89 lb.|
Apart from that, Samsung will ship its Smart PC Pro ultrabook with a good selection of software features. Hopefully, you’ll find its AllShare solution (enables the ultrabook to run many services, e.g. share multimedia content between your PC and other devices), S-Launcher (grants access to settings, files and programs in one convenient window), eSettings (user-friendly centralized options menu), etc. useful and helpful.
The USA users can expect to buy their Samsung Smart PC PROs at a rather lofty starting price of $1,200. As usual, ultrabooksreview.com will be happy to offer you various buying options with the best prices available on the market. However, you will have to be patient and wait for the official release of the ultrabook for sale. Apparently, it will hit the stores after October 26 (the Windows 8 launch date).