Samsung announces ATIV Q Windows 8/Android convertible PC, tablet

Michael Josh Villanueva
Samsung ATIV Q - A Windows-based convertible device that also runs Android OS.

LONDON, England – When we reviewed the Samsung Ativ 7 we had two wishes: One was that there would be a way to keep to stow the keyboard when in tablet mode and the other that it ran Android so that we could run all our favorite apps.

Today at its Samsung Premiere 2013 event in London, the South Korean company addressed those two wishes with the release of the Samsung Ativ Q. A Windows-based convertible device that also runs Android OS. 

Watch this hands-on review:

From the Windows 8 interface is a Dual OS button. Once pressed the user will be brought to the Android desktop and will be able to use the device like any other Android tablet. The start button brings the user instantly back to Windows 8. Users can also pin Android apps as a Windows 8 tile and launch Android apps directly from Windows.  

While the screen of the ATIV Q cannot be fully removed from its keyboard base, it can fold into place on top of the keyboard allowing users to carry the keyboard along with them when they want to use it as a tablet as they walk out of the office. The computer sports 3 other modes. “Typing mode” is modeled after the basic desktop setup with the display on a slight incline in front of the keyboard. In “stand mode” the display flips all the way to the back of the device – reminiscent of how you’d prop your tablet on a table when watching a movie. The keyboard is hidden on the back side of the device. “Floating mode” allows you to suspend the tablet in obscure angles.

During our hands-on time we the device we found that the transition from mode to mode was rather seamless. The display also felt secure and was not flimsy. The CPU of the device is contained in the mechanism which attaches the display to the keyboard meaning the keyboard should not heat up when used. 

The device runs on a 1.6Ghz Intel Core i5 processor (Haswell) comes with a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass 3, qHD+ screen (3200 x 1800). Like the Ativ Tab 7 (Smart PC Pro ) the ATiv Q also comes with an SPen with 1024 level sensitivity. The device measures 13.9mm and weighs 1.29kg. –

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