Jun 20 AT 3:10 PM Nick Gray 32 Comments

Samsung ATIV Q convertable devices redefines usability, dual-boots Windows 8, Android

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Among the plethora of new devices unveiled during Samsung’s event in London today, the Samsung ATIV Q is certainly one of the most intriguing. Yes, there are a handful of people on the planet who would love to take pictures with a mirrorless DSLR running Android, but a laptop/tablet hybrid running Windows 8 and Android 4.2 is definitely a product the general public will be interested in.

The Samsung ATIV Q features a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 qHD+ (275 ppi) display with a 178 degree viewing angle, Intel’s new Haswell processor, S Pen that tucks away nicely into the magnesium body, measuring a mere 13.9mm thick and weighing in at 1.29 kg  (2.85 lbs). Samsung has yet to disclose the size of the battery used to power the ATIV Q, but they are promising 9 hours of battery life. Taking a few pointers from Sony and Lenovo’s latest Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrids, the Samsung ATIV Q sports a  four-position hinge, which allows the device to be used in tablet, typing, floating and stand mode.


While the specs of the Samsung ATIV Q may seem impressive, what intrigues us most is how Samsung has managed to seamlessly run Android and Windows 8 at the same time. Samsung’s black magic allows users to switch between the two operating systems at will. Tap an app shortcut and you’re ported from one OS to another. To make things even more simple, users can pin Android app shortcuts to the Windows 8 start screen and launch directly into an Android app from Windows 8. The two operating systems are also capable of sharing the same file structure so that images, videos and other documents can be accessed and edited regardless of the operating system the user is running.

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Pricing and launch details have not yet been confirmed, but Samsung is expecting the ATIV Q to hit retail shelves around the back-to-school season.

Over the past few years we have only seen a handful of Android tablets that are actually good. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of a large device with less functionality than the phone that fits into my pocket. A device like the ATIV Q may be the perfect marriage of work and play for those who need Windows 8 for productivity, but also want a better tablet ecosystem than what Microsoft is currently able to provide.

For the right price, do you think the ATIV Q could be this year’s best-selling Android tablet?

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Samsung Strengthens Tablet Business and Demonstrates Commitment to Customer Choice with Innovative New ATIV Tablets
June 20, 2013
New Convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, the World’s Thinnest Windows Tablet, Offer Ultimate Versatility and Productivity on the Go
LONDON, U.K. – June 20, 2013 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, unveiled two new tablets today, giving consumers more ways than ever to create, consume and share content and blurring the industry boundaries. The two new windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, include several innovative new features that set them apart from other mobile tablets, including incredibly versatile form factors and extremely thin and light bodies. Both are powered by Windows8 and bring several unique features to market — including the world’s thinnest tablet and a convertible tablet with the ability to run Android apps.
“Busy lives demand convenience, and the convertible nature of these tablets deliver the versatility, mobility and adaptability consumers should expect from personal computing today,” said DJ Lee, President and Head of Sales and Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “These tablets are the result of people-centric innovation, and they were designed to provide consumers the flexibility to manage their digital lives on their terms whether they are in the office, at home or on the go.”
Samsung launches the ATIV Q — a truly convertible device with the ability to change modes and the power to enjoy both Windows and Android. Born of the tablet family, the ATIV Q allows users more flexibility than ever to adapt the device to fit any situation, posture or environment. Built with today’s evolving consumer lifestyles in mind and usable as a notebook or tablet, it delivers on the ATIV promise to make work more seamless and life more convenient.
  • Enjoy Android Apps on Windows: Addressing consumers’ desire to access Android apps on a Windows-based        PC, the ATIV Q allows users to experience both Windows 8 and Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) on the same device. Users will not only get access to Android apps via Google Play but also be able to transfer files, ro sharing folders and files from Windows 8 to Android, truly marrying the mobile and PC experiences.
  •  Versatility to Suit Any Environment or Needs: The ATIV Q sports an innovative hinge design that allows the user to transform the tablet into 4 functional modes. Lay the display flat over the keyboard for tablet mode. Raise the        display upright to type just like a laptop. Float and adjust the display to a comfortable viewing angle Or flip  the display to place in the stand mode to watch movies with ease. The four-in-one design of the ATIV Q easily adjusts to give users all the options they need in one device. ATIV Q is also extremely thin and lightweight for optimum portability. At 1.29kg and only 13.9mm, it’s easy to take everywhere you go.
  •  The Ultimate Viewing Experience: The ATIV Q introduces the world’s highest resolution, QHD+  (3200×1800) display. The tablet’s 13.3-inch touch screen offers 2.8 times higher pixel density (275ppi) than  full HD displays for viewing the finest of details. ATIV Q is also designed to provide an optimized viewing   experience regardless of location and high brightness in outdoor environment.

The ATIV Q also enables superior productivity with S-Pen functionality, enabling users to easily make written updates to creative and work. 

SideSync is available on the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, enabling users to switch from working on their PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone with simplicity and ease. With SideSync, the user’s PC and mobile device become one. Simply use the PC keyboard to respond to a text on a mobile phone; view maps on a larger screen, display photos and videos on both devices to make editing files even easier; or use an ATIV PC to back up and charge mobile devices. With SideSync, users enjoy more productivity with fewer interruptions to work and everyday life. 

Convenience is all about saving time and finding easier ways to get things accomplished, and Samsung ATIV tablets enable users to do just that. By making the personal computing experience more versatile, Samsung continues to make work more seamless and life more convenient.

For more information on the full ATIV PC Family, please visit www.samsung.com.

Note to Editors:
ATIV Q Product Specifications
Category Details Specifications
Display Size 13.3”
Resolution 3200×1800, 275ppi
Performance OS Windows8
Processor Intel Core i5
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4400
Memory 4GB DDR3L
Hard Disk Drive 128GB SSD
Camera 720p HD
Battery Life Battery Life Up to 9 hours
Dimensions Dimensions 327.0×217.8×13.9mm
Weight 1.29kg
Color Ash Black
I/O Ports USB Ports 1xUSB3.0, 1xUSB2.0, HDMI, RJ45 (dongle), HP/Mic combo, micro SD

Via: Samsung Mobile Press

Source: Samsung

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Steve Watkins

    It looks like a really good idea, something that might make me part with my cash, but can it really be called a laptop without any optical drive? I use my dvd drive way too much on my current laptop for this to replace it.

    • Eli gaffke

      Guess it is more of a netbook, not a laptop. They make external optical, and with the right software you can easily make backups of your movies. And with a 128GBP drive and a micro SD card you can get plenty of them on their. Or use Ultraviolet with new movies

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Netbooks are typically under-powered laptops meant simply for surfing the “net.” Technically, this would be in the same class of an Ultrabook, but the device thickness probably keeps Samsung from using the moniker since Intel has some very specific rules around Ultrabook branding.

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    • erikiksaz

      Optical drive, what’s that? =p

      Seriously, in this day and age, I’d gladly sacrifice a device-thickening port, considering it goes unused about 99% of the time my device is on.

      I might just sell my Surface Pro for this thing. Having windows 8 is fun, but not being connected to all my google services via my old android tablets is a PITA.

      I wonder what asus will turn up. God knows touchwiz is going to find its way into and ruin 4.2.

    • Meep

      Two words for ya: Flash Drive.

      Stop letting that DVD drive hold you back. Make digital versions of your movies, keep them on a flash drive (USB stick) and you’re all set. You can even install programs and Windows this way.

      • dinodxynez

        Even better: Google Drive

    • dinodxynez

      I depend on an optical drive myself but I’ve been using an external CD/DVD drive without any problems. (I thought I’d be hung up on this but, it’s been okay; I’m definitely ready for this!)

    • SGB101

      My 4 year old think pad doesn’t have an dvd drive.

    • http://muddypa.ws/blog nportelli

      Hell yes it can. I replaced my optical drive for another hard drive. Best upgrade ever.

    • SGB101

      love this idea, and after watching this clip im sold, price dependent.

      • Jon

        Ahh man you just made my day. That video helped me greatly. I was avoiding Windows 8 on my desktop due to the fact that my monitor isn’t touchscreen. But I’m willing to try it out on this but I’m really going to be using android mostly. This is great especially for students that need the office suite for writing papers and such and to have some fun on android. The two OSes balance each other evenly in a very unexpected form factor but it seems to be one heck of a hybrid. I’m sold I don’t even care about price after seeing the video. Samsung is on a roll one hit device after another. This one is a hit in my book. I was going to purchase the Nexus 10 but forget that after seeing this that would be just plain stupid, best of both worlds tablet/laptop wooooooo I’m excited for this.

  • Eli gaffke

    This would be awesome. I would like it even more if it would detach like a transformer. With that size screen a keyboard wouldn’t always be needed. Curious to know battery specs, not just expected life. I have been needing a new laptop.

  • Slith

    This I need. If battery life is over 6 hours, it’s mine!

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  • Eli Gaffke

    Looks like we got Samsung haters out there. Everybody who likes this is getting thumbs down on their comment.

  • dbareis

    I’m interested in something like this as my next laptop depending on the price. What I’d be more interested in is if somehow I could dock my phone (wirelessly if possible) with the laptop and the Android it runs is my docked phones.

    • Droid Sam

      Didn’t Motorola make that a few years ago?

      • Eli Gaffke

        I think they did a couple. The Atrix for sure, not what else. But they didn’t have a built in keyboard.
        Asus made the padfone 1 & 2, and infinity. The Asus have the optional keyboard attachments that give you insane battery life. Plus then all your apps are on one device, no dual saves and trying to remember which thing is where.

  • ondore

    After long line of 1366×768 displays this should be the new standard. Give it <600$ label and choice is clear – both for work and fun ;-)

    • Egghead

      Seriously? <$600. This is an ultrabook… you should be thinking AT LEAST $1299. Probably $1599 with this screen.

  • Kimbo

    I could totally see overwriting Windows 8 on this thing and loading Ubuntu Touch onto it. That would be pretty sweet.

  • Droid Sam

    I’m in! Just as long as the price is below 1200. Maybe Lenovo can pull this off with the Yoga 2 and deliver an even better laptop experience.

  • aholland1

    Really impressed by this. If they can double the memory for running some VMs it’ll be great for work, and the Google Play Store of Jelly Bean will lessen the blow of not having a lot of apps in the Windows store, might actually use the Metro interface more on something like this since the apps can be launched straight from Windows.

    Plus, it’s still got Windows 8 pro underneath, which will only get better this year with 8.1. It really does seem like the best of both worlds. I’m excited to see how it performs in the reviews!

    • http://muddypa.ws/blog nportelli

      Ya, more ram 16gb option please.

  • donger

    Its gonna be overpriced.

  • triangle

    The price is the key here. If it’s around the price of a Macbook Air, I think they will sell a lot of these. This is a really exciting product as long as they don’t price it out of the market. Great functionality, amazing screen resolution, keyboard and S-pen. I just hope they don’t ruin it with the price.

  • xaml

    Take off the screen and sell it as a smart keyboard that can connect to any available screen or project one of its holographic own. ;-)

  • Kilgore Trout

    I like it.

    I just wish these companies would have hard drives that were 500GB at point of purchase.

    I burn though 128GB on initial software installation alone…

  • Andrew Ensley

    This looks awesome, if for no other reason than that it’s a 13.3″ Android tablet!

  • Stephen Cartwright

    I want one!

  • domi1k

    FYI :
    “The dual-OS functionality is what you’d expect: Android runs in a VM on top of Windows 8. Networking, storage and CPUs are all virtualized resources. Virtualization is the only way to enable Samsung’s instant switching between Windows 8/Android on a single set of hardware.”

    source: http://www.anandtech.com/show/7092/samsung-ativ-q-hands-on-3200-x-1800-133-tablet-running-windows-8-and-android