SAMSUNG ATIV SMART PC: Hybrid Wonder

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SummaryItís a laptop! Itís a tablet! No, itís both. We are talking about the Samsung ATIV Smart PC, that combines the power of a notebook computer and the convenience of a tablet with a unique and revolutionary convertible design.

dock the Samsung Smart PC to its keyboard, carry it around and use it as a standard clamshell laptop. Sounds pretty cool, isnít it?

In terms of hardware specs, the device ships with 2 GB of DDR2 memory and 64 GB flash storage. The 11.6-inch screen is 1366 by 768 pixels. It has no retina display, but the text is clear. It comes with 10-finger touch capabilities, letting you pinch, zoom, rotate and scroll with greater dexterity. The aspect ratio is 16:9 on an 11.6-inch display. By any standard, the screen is large for a tablet. It comes with 10-finger touch capabilities, letting you pinch, zoom, rotate and scroll with greater dexterity.

The power button, volume controls, a power jack, one USB 2.0 port and a microSD card slot are built into the tablet. The keyboard dock includes two additional USB 2.0 ports and a power connector. But what sets the ATIV family apart is the accompanying S Pen stylus. You can use this slide-out, pressure sensitive pen with the touchscreen for precision work. This has been ported over from the Galaxy Note 10.1-inch tablet. In other words, if you are looking for a tablet with the ability to take notes, the ATIV Smart PC should fit the bill for you.

The range of connectivity options available on the Smart PC is better than you would expect from a tablet. There is a USB 2.0 port, microSD card slot, micro HDMI port and headphone socket. It supports wireless 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

In my test-run, the Smart PC proved pretty responsive in most normal Web browsing. When attached to the keyboard dock, typing and editing documents, email and similar tasks worked with no major issues. The capacitive touchscreen is responsive and quick, and multi-touch gestures work smoothly.

I streamed some music from YouTube and it sounded pretty good through the built-in speakers. I surfed video search engine Blinkx with no fuss. Video playback also worked just fine, and looked pretty good. When connected to the keyboard dock, the Smart PC behaves well as a decent light duty laptop.

Battery life is another place where the ATIV Smart PC shines. The 30Whr battery offers a claimed battery life of up to 13 hours. In my test-run, it yielded a battery life of 9 hours, 40 minutes.

Here are my takeaways: a stylish device with high-end features, capable of attracting users at first look.

Estimated street price: Rs.53,990

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