Samsung launches new Series 5 and 9 notebooks – Ativ Smart PC tablets!

Today was a big day for Samsung India as they launched not one, but 5 products in the Indian Market. We have now a 15-inch variant of the Series 9 Ultrabook, two new additions to the Series 5 Ultrabook (Series 5 Ultra Touch and Series 5 535) and the finally, the two stars of the show, the Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro, the two Windows 8 slates from Samsung. All the products launched today are available immediately for purchase at leading retailers across the country.

The new Samsung Series 9 notebook features a 15 inch display (matte), and is touted as the thinnest in the world at the moment. It also packs a 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor along with 4GB of RAM. The screen gets also gets a bump in brightness up to 400 nits. The new Series 9 Notebook now comes preloaded with Windows 8 /Windows 8 Pro, and is priced at Rs. 1,07,990.

15-inch Samsung Series 9

The next addition to Samsung’s lineup is the Series 5 Ultra Touch ultrabook. It is a new Windows 8 based ultrabook with a 13.3 inch HD SuperBright screen that supports 10-finger multi-touch. It is powered by Intel’s newest 3d generation processors and can be configured to have up to 12GB of RAM along with 500GB of storage with 24GB ExpressCache. To enhance the mobility experience, the ultrabook also comes loaded with a number of ports like one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port along with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for Skype calls. All this portability and performance is packed into an aluminium and fiberglass construction and will set you back Rs. 64,990.

Samsung Series 5 Ultra Touch

The Samsung Series 5 535 notebook is another addition to the Samsung portfolio, and runs on AMD’s quad core A8-4555M processor. Bundled with 6GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 7600G+7550G dual graphics, this notebook is designed to be a powerhorse without breaking the bank. The 535 notebook loses the Touchscreen from compared to the Series 5 Ultra Touch, but also sheds a significant bulk of price, pegging it at Rs. 43,990.

Samsung Series 5 535

Last but not the least; we see the two Windows 8 Pro tablets from Samsung enter the Indian market. The Ativ Smart PC runs on Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processor and comes bundled with 2GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The Ativ Smart PC Pro on the other hand is a slightly beefier tablet in terms of specs, boasting an Intel i5 processor and 4GB of RAM with a 256GB SSD to boot. The Smart PC also has a lower resolution of 1366×768 pixels with an 11.6 inch screen area whereas the Smart PC Pro packs 1920×1020 pixels in the same amount of screen area.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

In addition to the usual Windows 8 goodness, like 10-finger multi-touch support, Samsung has also infused the Ativ lineup with the S-Pen, something we’ve seen become a hit thanks to the S3 and the Note II. The S-Pen is complimented by a Wacom digitzer which provides it with a 1024-level pressure sensitivity, making it ideal for almost everyone, even artists. Both the tablets feature microSD card slots, USB ports (3.0 on the Pro and 2.0 on the non-Pro), along with mHDMI port. Both the tablets also come bundled with a keyboard dock that adds another two USB ports to the setup. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC can be purchased for Rs. 53,990 while the Ativ Smart PC Pro will set you back Rs. 75,490.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC




Microsoft announces 40 million Windows 8 licences sold since launch!!

Microsoft claims that it has sold a whopping 40 million Windows 8 licences since its launch on October 26, 2012. Tami Reller, the Windows Chief Marketing and Financial Officer, revealed this information during a speech at Credit Suisse 2012 Annual Technology Conference. Reller said, “The journey is just beginning, but I am pleased to announce today that we have sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses so far.”

Microsoft announces 40 million Windows 8 licences sold since launch

Recently, Microsoft revealed that it had sold four million upgrade copies of Windows 8 in the first few days of the new OS going live.

This is quite a milestone for the company and it is really pushing the new OS to the point that all newly launched laptops and ultrabooks are powered by Windows 8 even though Windows 7 is still a very stable and well-supported OS. Microsoft sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses from its launch (October 2009) till December 2009.

The details of “licenses sold” seems to be in the grey area as it does not clarify whether these licenses are sold to consumers, organizations, distributers or manufacturers who are offering Windows 8 straight out of the box.

Notably, no details about the sales figures of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet were revealed. Microsoft’s Surface Pro, the tablets running Windows 8 Pro will be available from January 2013.

It’s nice to see that Windows 8 has an app store but at launch there were only a few thousand apps and they didn’t include big names such as Facebook and Twitter. Also the learning curve for the new OS is a bit high which may turn off the traditional Windows user. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that Microsoft has done a pretty good job with its new desktop/tablet hybrid OS.