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 50.

    Cant imagine either company is particularly happy about there operating systems being compromised by another on the same machine.

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    Comment number 49.

    Wow! What a great idea, one table to keep all your mallware on.
    No thanks I will wait to apple introduce a table running OSX.

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    Comment number 48.

    This is basically a massive free advert for Samsung on the BBC website.

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    Comment number 47.


    iOS runs on ARM, that's the hard part, drivers are available for the rest, there would be nothing ground breaking about allowing iOS to run on other ARM based devices. Apple might well have an easier time of it currently, but it wouldn't be a massive amount of work to support other hardware, hence why people can do it at home illegally with little effort.

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    Comment number 46.

    I can't agree with that. Apple are able to make there OS for their narrow and specific hardware, which is a million times easier than making an OS that will run with 100 different motherboards or graphics cards. Android have struggled with this as have MS over the years. Android is still device specific, only Windows isn't (well within reason).

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    Comment number 45.

    "Congratulations on being the first anti-Apple troll to post!
    Your hysteria isn't fooling anyone."

    But, being anti-Apple is totally justifiable.

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    Comment number 44.

    windows 8 and android?

    someone's a glutten for punishment.

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    Comment number 43.

    @40 musictechguy:

    That wouldn't be ground breaking either, Apple would merely need to take the decision to allow iOS to be installed on none Apple hardware and write an appropriate license, then it would be no more difficult than has been achieved with Android today, the whole concept isn't ground breaking.

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    Comment number 42.

    Is it like a dual boot PC? Will it allow data (pictures, music, videos) to be shared across the two OSes?
    Unless there are users who have a compelling reason to do something specific on one OS and some other specific thing on another OS, there is no use for this and it is bound to fail. Most ppl just check emails, browse the web and use certain apps. Why would they want to do it on two OSes?

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    Comment number 41.

    Like having an armchair with a toilet under the cushion. Microsoft's betrayal of it's customers to the NSA is reason enough to steer clear of devices like these.

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    Comment number 40.

    The first tablet to house Windows, iOS and Android will be the groundbreaker. As it is, this is not much of a breakthrough.

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    Comment number 39.

    Apparently this is even less impressive than I anticipated, Android runs in a virtual machine on top of windows 8. So its not even dual booting. Its something anyone with Windows 8 can do, hardly a need for a song and dance about it...

    More to the point is there actually any need for this? I don't know anyone with either OS who says they wished they had both side by side...

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    Comment number 38.

    Yes this will be one in the eye for Apple who think they are world beaters. They might be at e moment but soon at will be left behind. Then perhaps they might think of reducing prices.

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    Comment number 37.

    Great Idea, specially for households that have different tastes.

    Though funny how the apple fanboys are attempting to hijack this thread to promote the closed IOS.

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    Comment number 36.

    29. Richard

    Congratulations on being the first anti-Apple troll to post!

    Your hysteria isn't fooling anyone.

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    Comment number 35.

    I guess it's the same as having a double OS on your PC this allows a faster boot up time for certain interactions.

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    Comment number 34.

    Is this just dual boot or is it using a hypervisor to run the 2 OS's conccurrently? Dual boot is old hat, but a commercially supplied hypervisor system would be quite interesting. I've been wondering for a while why nobody has done this as linux + kvm are free, so you could have any flavour of android, ubuntu, windows etc all on one system, perhaps different OS installations for each user etc.

  • Comment number 33.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 32.

    ARM is just another architecture like x86 is, you have been able to duel boot on x86 for an age, the fact that you can now duel boot on ARM isn't really news, you have been able to do that for an age as well. Just because a company has decided to sell a tablet that does this doesn't make it ground breaking.

    So to say that this is a remarkable concept is, frankly, remarkable in itself.

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    Comment number 31.

    Easily swappable OSs for computers would be helpful. Ideally with old MS systems so older games and programs run properly. Old game are all we will have in the future with companies leaching from users by online constant repetitive paying as their model.


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