Samsung Ativ Q tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android

Ativ Q Samsung's new tablet runs both the Windows and Android operating systems

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Samsung has unveiled a tablet that can switch between the Windows 8 and Android operating systems.

The Ativ Q has a 13.3in (33.8cm) screen that sits over a keyboard that can be folded out for typing or set to act as a stand. In addition it has a stylus.

It comes just over a fortnight after Asus unveiled its own laptop-tablet hybrid which also runs both Microsoft and Google's systems.

One analyst said he expected this to be a trend that other firms would follow.

"It's a 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," said Chris Green, principal technology analyst at Davies Murphy Group.

"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."

The Ativ Q runs off Intel's new Haswell chip and Samsung said it offered up to nine hours of battery life. It added that the device's screen had been designed to be bright enough to be used outside on a sunny day.

The launch was announced at a press conference in London.

Android camera

Samsung also showed off another touchscreen computer, the Ativ Tab 3 which it described as the world's thinnest tablet to run the full Windows 8 system, as well as new PCs.

Among the other announcements was the Galaxy NX - a camera which allows its lenses to be changed, runs off the Android system and supports 4G data transfers.

It marks the firm's latest attempt to sell a device which offers higher quality images than the typical smartphone, but also allows pictures and video to be edited with apps and uploaded to the internet.

Galaxy NX camera Samsung added an Android-powered interchangeable lens camera to its Galaxy line-up

It adds to a product line that also includes a handset featuring a 10x optical zoom.

"The Galaxy NX camera looks impressive and is more likely to appeal to serious photographers than its S4 Zoom, which is quite a bulky smartphone because of the lens on the back," said Graeme Neill, deputy editor at Mobile Today.

"Samsung's main difference from its rival Apple is the sheer volume of products it brings to market.

"It is really determined to be making a smartphone, tablet, camera and laptop for everybody, from those who want high-end devices to consumers on a budget."

The announcements come at a time when the South Korean firm's stock has come under pressure.

Samsung Electronics shares have fallen by nearly 14% since 4 June after a number of banks cut their profit forecasts for the company.

They said they were worried its flagship Android device, the Galaxy S4, was not selling as well as they had previously predicted and raised concerns about rising competition from Chinese smart device makers.


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    Comment number 30.


    Symbian was doomed when Mr. Elop took charge at Nokia, and was ill-advisedly declared dead by Nokia over 2 years ago.

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    Comment number 29.

    I think this is a good idea. I can see one of the three OS contenders going away and the favourite to disapear has to be IOS (Apple). Personally I just bought a Windows 8 Phone and it's superb, I think better than an IPhone and a fraction of the cost. Goodbye Apple, you are too expensive and too protectionist with unique adapters. Sony went this way and look what happened.

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    Comment number 28.

    I think that Samsung have made a brilliant call here, allowing users to switch between the two most popular Operating Systems. How much will it cost and when can we buy it??

    I think the less popular mobile OS such as iOS, Symbian, Blackberry are already doomed...

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    Comment number 27.

    How strange. Beats me why anyone would want to run Windows on anything these days. The Windows OS is so far behind both iOS and Android it's not true - truly the operating system for the unimaginative.

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    Comment number 26.

    Where is the latest Smsung Android tablet? nevr mind all this dual stuff!!

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    Comment number 25.

    Sorry, but this desperate 'throw anything we can think of at the market and hope something sticks" strategy of Samsung's is looking increasingly desperate. Rather than look as if they're full of ideas, it actually demonstrates quite the opposite.

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    Comment number 24.

    Love the idea, would remove both Windows and Android to put Ubuntu on it though.

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    Comment number 23.

    Remarkable concept. I look forward to seeing more multiple OS hardware in production over the coming years.
    We all have our preferences in reference to what OS we prefer and more often than not, tend to stick with them, so this will pave the way for expanding our awareness of different OS's. Great move.

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    Comment number 22.

    I've always liked the idea of a tablet, but I can't justify one when I have a laptop and run desktop applications. A device like this would fit the bill perfectly, providing Samsung don't burden it with the sinking ship that is RT. I can have compatibility for my desktop applications and external devices, whilst getting the fun factor from Google. All that's needed is a microSD slot.

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    Comment number 21.

    I suppose I am the target market as I use a Windows laptop for "work" and an Android tablet for "play" but unless the price point is cheaper than having two separate devices I can't see me purchasing one.

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    Comment number 20.

    "One analyst said he expected this to be a trend that other firms would follow."

    I'm hoping that Apple follow this trend.
    I'd really like them to offer Windows on their tablet.

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    Comment number 19.

    Wow, pc manufacturers are losing confidence in microsoft, never thought I would see the day!

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    Comment number 18.

    Are they offering a choice of no windows for a smaller price or does it just come with windows. I find it irksome that almost every laptop comes with windows which you have to pay for. It is extremely irksome is that you are not allowed to virtualise it and pack it away if you need it. I bought an HP laptop recently and I thought that MS were obliged to offer a choice of browsers. It didn't.

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    Comment number 17.

    I have been able to have a dual OS Tablet for over 2 years since HP released their first one using HP Web OS and Android without any problems. This is old news!!!

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    Comment number 16.

    I agree with those that state both have good and bad points, but the choice is there. While the techie types may love switching between OS's the general user will from my experience won't, based off the general user does not like Windows or any Software updates to the look and functions of software.

    I do like the 4G camera though,

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    Comment number 15.

    This is the way forward. Most general users couldn't give a damm about the systems they just want their devices, files etc to talk to each other.

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    Comment number 14.

    An almost serious* camera with 4G data? If Nikon and Canon, don't include 4G in their cameras soon, field photographers and photo journalists are going to lap these up, even if the image quality is just as good.

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    Comment number 13.

    Bring out a a dual OS device that is a hybrid smartphone and tablet like the Asus Padfone Infinity and I will be all over it! Asus, are you listening? Do this what Samsung have done!

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    Comment number 12.

    This takes me back to when I was in high school when I had to have Linux and Windows on my PC to be able to get everything done that I needed to. Somehow I dont see this being very popular as most of the users dont want the hassle that comes with two operating systems (The very same users who are the main consumers of these tablets). I cant imagine my wife getting excited about this.

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    Comment number 11.

    5. Greyze

    Your making yourself sound like a Microsoft Fan Boy. No one is better than any other.. they all have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the application intended.. but you need apple etc to make these fast advancements you talk about.


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