Standard Bank to offer Samsung Windows 8 tablet

Standard Bank cheque or credit card holders will be able to buy the Samsung Ativ tablet PC at a discounted price before it officially launches into the South African market.

Microsoft, Samsung, and Standard Bank announced their partnership in a press statement issued at the South African Windows 8 launch in Johannesburg tonight (25 October 2012).

The Ativ tablets run Windows 8 and will sell for R6,695, while the companies say that the normal retail price is R7,999. It will come with a free cover.

Standard Bank warned that there are a limited number available and explained that should customers choose to pay via their credit card they will by default be put on the budget option at a 0% interest rate.

The tablets will be available from the Standard Bank website.

Samsung said that its Windows Ativ tablet is 8.9mm thick and weighs 570g. It has a 10.1” HD display, 2GB RAM, a microSD card slot and a USB port.

Standard Bank also announced that its banking app, which is available on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry, will also be the first SA banking app in the Windows 8 app store.

The bank is further offering customers an ADSL service at a 15% discount through Internet Solutions. This includes access to 500MB of free Wi-Fi traffic at any “always-on” hot spot around the country, a 1GB mailbox and a fax-to-email account.

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