Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Samsung Ativ Q, a hybrid tablet with dual OS.



One of Samsung's new device is the Ativ Q, a hybrid tablet and laptop running both Windows 8 and Android.
Yes, you heard it right, it's dual OS device. The convertible PC can flip, fold and transform into different modes. Samsung calls them 'tablet', 'typing', 'stand' and 'floating'. The first two are self-explanatory while the others mean you can have the screen flipped right over to face the other way or at various different angles between this and being docked with the keyboard.
There's not enough room for a trackpad but a touchscreen pretty much negates the need for this anyway.


The Ativ Q is reasonably thin at 13.6mm but is a lot heavier than a typical tablet at 1.29kg – usual for a hybrid, though.
Specs are pretty impressive with an Intel fourth-generation Haswell Core i5 processor and a dazzling 13.3in screen with a huge 3200x1800 resolution – that’s a pixel density of 275ppi.
Furthermore, the Ativ Q comes with Samsung's S Pen stylus with 1024 levels of sensitivity and SideSync software which means you can use a smartphone or tablet as a second screen or have it mirrored on the larger display.
The Ativ Q really comes into its own because of its dual-OS setup – Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean come pre-loaded. You can switch quickly and easily between the two with appropriate buttons and even share files such as the photo gallery.


This is a real benefit as you can use Windows 8 in laptop mode to get all your work done which requires full-blown software then switch to Android and use all the apps and games you love on your phone. With Windows 8 Snap View you can even use Windows 8 side-by-side with Android.
Ativ Q will be released 'later this year' according to Samsung.

Ativ Q Specs:

  • Size:13.3”
  • Resolution:3200x1800, 275ppi
  • OS:Windows8, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Processor:Intel Core i5
  • Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Memory:4GB DDR3L
  • Hard Disk Drive:128GB SSD
  • Camera:720p HD
  • Battery Life:Up to 9 hours
  • Dimensions:327.0x217.8x13.9mm
  • Weight:1.29kg
  • Colour:Ash Black
  • USB Ports:1xUSB3.0, 1xUSB2.0, micro HDMI,RJ45 (dongle), HP/Mic combo, micro SD

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