Samsung has announced the Ativ Q, a multi-function, dual OS tablet/laptop.
The device is the technology industry’s latest bid to combine laptop with tablet, and works in four different configurations.
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.
Positioned as a best of both worlds solution, the Ativ Q is a very compelling proposition packed with a myriad of features that are designed to make using it and, most importantly, switching between modes as seamless as possible.
The new tablet is aimed to satisfy PC users’ desire to be able to access Android apps on a Windows-based PC. From now on it is possible to enjoy both Windows 8 and Android Jellybean 4.2.2 on the same device.
The access to Android apps is provided by Google Play, but also files and folders can be transferred and shared from Windows 8 to Android.
Unlike the ASUS Transformer Triobook, which is made up of two parts: a keyboard dock and the main slate, the Samsung Ativ Q is a single, transforming device which mirrors the design of the Sony Vaio Duo where you can slide the display back and up to reveal a keyboard right underneath.
The display can swivel all the way to the other side so it would look as if a tablet leaning on a stand, and it is a lot slimmer and more portable.
Specs are also striking. The Ativ Q packs Intel’s new Haswel-based Core i5 processor alongside a HD Graphics 4400 GPU and 4GB of DDR3L RAM, which should provide suitably impressive performance. There’s also 128GB SSD of storage and support for microSD.
The tablet has a 13.3-inch display and boasts an astonishing 3200 x 1800 pixel QHD+ resolution, giving it an impressive 275ppi pixel density.
The display itself is exceptionally bright and plenty detailed – menus, games, video and images really pop off the screen.
Needless to say, the right images look incredible, and Windows 8 really shines on this beautiful screen.
The Ativ Q is also thin and lightweight for optimum portability. At 1.29kg and only 13.9mm, it’s easy to take everywhere you go, says Samsung. However, it’s a bit overweight as it’s almost identical in weight to the 13-inch MacBook Air, but it is slightly slimmer at 13.9mm.
The Ativ Q is accompanied by S-Pen, however it doesn’t supports a traditional PC-style trackpad. Instead Samsung has opted for a navigation nubbin, located inside the keyboard in order to conserve space. Given the already ample size of the Ativ Q, this was definitely a wise move.
Other devices announced by Samsung included the successor to the Series 9 laptop, the Ativ Book 9 Plus, featuring a similar resolution display but in a standard Windows 8 touchscreen laptop format and claiming 12 hours of battery life in a 1.39kg package. The cheaper Ativ Book 9 Lite offers a touchscreen as an optional extra.
Samsung also announced a new all-in-one PC, the Ativ One 5, and a Windows 8 tablet called the Ativ Tab 3, writes the Telelgraph.