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You might remember the Samsung ATIV Smart PC we looked at a little while ago. That’s the ‘budget’ X86 convertible tablet/laptop in Samsung’s Windows 8 range. The next model up is the 11.6-inch Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro (or 700T1C in model-numer-speak), which replaces the Atom processor with a full-blown Core i5 or i7, and swaps the 1,366 x 768 screen resolution for a lovely Full HD PLS panel. It’s essentially the sequel to the Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T.

Read the full Windows 8 review here

In case this is the first time you’ve come across the ATIV Smart PC range, it’s Samsung’s full Windows 8 version of the Asus Transformer form factor which combines a tablet with a keyboard base to make a laptop. All the ATIV Smart PCs support touch and Wacom stylus goodness.

Where the Atom-based Smart PC is comparable to the Vivo Tab, the Smart PC Pro takes on the Asus Taichi and Microsoft Surface Pro, amongst others.

Wondering which Windows 8 device to get? Have a read of our Best Windows 8 Laptops Tablets Convertibles and PCs roundup

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Design and Build

Though the Smart PC Pro is definitely at the premium end of the market, the tablet itself is constructed using plastic, albeit with a nice brushed metal-effect finish. This is to keep its weight down, as because of the power it packs in the tab alone weighs 884g, considerably heavier than inevitable comparisons to the iPad.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Keyboard Base and Cover

However, the keyboard base is made of metal. This lends it a very premium feel at odds with the tablet part, yet again there’s logic behind the difference: this was done to increase the keyboard base’s weight (bringing the entire package to 1.6kg), so that it balances the tablet part and avoids the falling-over-backwards flaw that plagued the Asus Transformer.

Mind you, the dock does not contain an extra battery as does the more budget-oriented Samsung Smart PC’s one, though it does give you extra connectivity. This is a real shame, as the powerful Pro tablet inevitably already offers shorter battery life than its Atom sibling.

The tablet itself is a very svelte 12mm thick, and with keyboard attached matches many Ultrabooks at 22mm. However, if you’d rather have a thinner tablet without losing the physical keyboard, there will be a Microsoft Surface-like keyboard cover that’s a mere 4mm thin.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro Connectivity

The Smart PC Pro tablet is well-endowed in the connectivity department. The tablet itself sports a headphone jack, full-size USB 3.0 port and microSD card slot for expanding its storage along its top, plus a microHDMI for video output along with the volume rocker on its left.

A physical rotation lock is a welcome touch too. Wireless is particularly comprehensive thanks to Wi-Fi N, Bluetooth 4.0 and 3G/4G wireless broadband with accompanying SIM slot.

The keyboard dock adds a further two USB 2.0 ports (the data interconnect between tablet and keyboard can’t cope with USB 3.0) to the equation, though alas no full-size SD card reader. This is annoying for photographers, and we can only hope Samsung will bring out another dock down the line with a battery and full SD card slot built in.


October 27, 2012, 12:15 pm

Is there any info on the supposed upcoming 4mm Surface-like keyboard cover? I haven't seen any coverage anywhere else or official info/hint about such a thing.


October 29, 2012, 8:16 pm

I have the Smart PC (non-Pro) Tablet without the Keyboard. Do you know if it's the same keyboard for the 500T?


October 31, 2012, 3:57 pm

No info aside from it's coming and should be available near launch. This has been confirmed to me by a reliable source. [edit] Of course, being on the roadmap doesn't mean it will make it...


October 31, 2012, 3:58 pm

No it's a different keyboard dock which won't fit your tab. Cheers.


November 4, 2012, 1:45 pm

oooooh yes.... i was almost frustrated, i couldnt find a powerful win8 with 3g/4g connectivity, out of no choice, i was gonna end up with acer w510... i'd prefer asus taichi or sony vaio duo with a slider keyboard, but they both dont come with a simcard slot, but this will do...


November 5, 2012, 10:09 pm

Is there any info on the i7 version release or a 256gb Hard drive?


November 8, 2012, 10:00 pm

in samsung's global site, the ativ pro has an i5/pdc/celeron processor. what does it mean ? or what is "celeron" doing there ?

Ioannis Nikou

December 30, 2012, 1:55 pm

"The business version also come with a class-leading five year warranty as standard."
Could you please shed some light on that matter?
I have just ordered from big online FR shop the "rich" model, and i would like to know if the 5-year warranty statement that you made is accurate.
Thank you.

Eric Pellegrini

December 31, 2012, 6:20 am

Could you name one rival 8-core i-something tablet with a 256GB SSD?


January 15, 2013, 3:02 pm

Nope unfortunately it's not looking like we'll see either for now...


January 15, 2013, 3:05 pm

Yes that statement is accurate, with the business version referring to the Win 8 Pro model. In fact, if you buy the ATIV Pro from a retailer like Misco (to name but one), you'll automatically get a 5-year warranty on all models.


January 15, 2013, 3:07 pm

Sorry for the late replies all, hand't checked this preview in a wee while.

not an 8-core, no, but one example of a high-end Windows 8 convertible that comes with up to a Core i7, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD would be the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix. [http://www.trustedreviews.c...]


January 15, 2013, 3:08 pm

No idea, but none of the UK versions come with Celeron.


January 15, 2013, 3:10 pm

Don't forget that the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix [http://www.trustedreviews.com/...] also fits your needs...
I'd wait for our shoot-out before deciding :)


February 4, 2013, 2:52 am

I got the new one that just came out here in South Korea, with i5 and 256GB
This article said that a surface like keyboard cover is coming out, but when? They dont have anything like that even on Samsung's Korean homepage or at the samsung stores in Seoul. I totally want to buy one, but sounds like wishful thinking to me!


February 13, 2013, 3:00 pm

I originally had the 700T1C-A04 (sim slot version) but i feel there is a design flaw in that if your sim card has got the pin lock enabled, even when the Ativ is put into sleep mode the sim is locked and so has to be unlocked before you can use mobile broadband, I now have from Ballicom the 700T1C-A05 (no sim slot) but 128GB ssd and i am using an external MiFI unit for mobile broadband.

jroam san1

March 5, 2013, 1:33 am

I wonder if this device can use while charging?? Just like an ordinary laptops that you only remove battery then connect to power supply then that's it!, it can use for long time.


March 16, 2013, 10:32 am

there's no tablet laptop with cd support?

General Technics

September 27, 2013, 5:21 pm

This is a real shame, as the powerful Pro tablet inevitably already offers shorter battery life than its Atom sibling.

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