Usually when you buy a gizmo, you have to choose between Windows and Android. But Samsung’s latest device, the Ativ Q, doesn’t just combine laptop and tablet capabilities, it also gives users the ability to use both Windows and Android systems.
Samsung said it had created its new hybrid gadget after listening to consumers. “Addressing a common desire among PC users to be able to access Android apps on a Windows-based PC, the Ativ Q allows you to now experience both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 on the same device,” said a Samsung spokesman.
“Not only will you get access to Android apps via Google Play, but you will also be able to transfer files or share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android.”
But Samsung certainly won’t be without competition when it comes to the tablet/laptop-hybrid element of its new piece of kit. A host of other technology heavyweights, including Lenovo and Dell, have already revealed their own combined tablets and laptops. And Samsung will also be going head-to-head with Acer, which has also created gizmos running both Windows and Android.
Samsung Ativ Q features
The new Ativ Q features a 13.3-inch screen which sits over a keyboard. You can either solely use the touchscreen, or fold out the keyboard if you have some serious typing to do. That can also be used as a stand if you wish to watch a movie or video footage, and there’s a stylus to make operating the Ativ Q more precise.
It weighs just 1.29kg, measuring only 13.9mm, while offering up what Samsung says is the world’s highest resolution. It uses 3200×1800 pixels, with its touch screen providing 275ppi, which is 2.8 times higher pixel density.
The Ativ Q also features SideSync, which means you can respond to texts on your phone from the tablet.
Analysts say they now expect the Android/Windows hybrid trend to continue, with other technology companies following suit. Chris Green, who is principal technology analyst at the Davies Murphy Group, described the move as “as very cost-effective way for manufacturers to offer extra value to consumers at a time when it’s very hard to differentiate benefits from one device to another”.
He added: “You can tap into the industry-standard Windows productivity solutions – from Office to third-party programs – as well as all the mobile apps of Google’s system. It’s the logical next step.”
And Samsung says that this is not the only selling point which will set it apart from the competition. Running off Intel’s new Haswell chip, Samsung says its Ativ Q will offer an impressive nine hours of battery life.
For those who work remotely, and wish they could sit outside in their garden or yard when the weather is sunny, the Ativ Q could well hold the answer as Samsung says the device’s screen has deliberately been designed so it’s bright enough to be used outside on a sunny day.
No details have yet been made available on a release date or price for the Ativ Q.