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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  • rate this
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    Comment number 110.

    Observing the clamorous me-tooism of the smartphone market. It is my opinion that Samsung/Microsoft/Google/& All the Little Companies involved resemble a mob of pimps arguing over whose stable of whores are uglier.

    While the exclusive Apple escort service continues on it's own path of providing lovely and talented odalisques to discerning customers seeking a sublime experience.

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    Comment number 109.

    Brilliant: pretty soon they'll make a machine so good that we won't need to think at all. We've certainly made a start...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 108.

    "The Galaxy NX camera looks impressive and is more likely to appeal to serious photographers....."

    Lol

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    Comment number 107.

    101.HamptonCaught said:"I know many creative people across many different industries - none of them use Windows. It's an OS for accountants and civil servants."

    LOL. More than half of the film industry use windows NT platform when they are not using Linux.

    Civil Servants? Half of the them (inc all of the BBC) are wasting tax payers money on Apple devices because they think it looks cool.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 106.

    Wow! Just WOW!

    They have a fully functional Linux underneath Android, and still decided to cripple the thing with Windows.

    Probably aimed at a market even crazier than what Apple has :D

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    Comment number 105.

    It's quite clear, there is no market for this type of machine. It has nothing to do with the O/S being run - the key point is how content and productivity are achieved on the device. By running two O/S - it's clear neither are suitable.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 104.

    It stops you drinking and smoking. Wow.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 103.

    Send your life to the NSA via two platforms :-)

  • rate this
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    Comment number 102.

    A 2 system tablet, that's awesome!!!! whats it for?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 101.

    @ 63. Neil

    What did you want me to say - Windows mobile? I obviously wasn't comparing any mobile OS with a desktop one.

    I know many creative people across many different industries - none of them use Windows. It's an OS for accountants and civil servants.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 100.

    @94.jeffa4444
    "... missing element from Apple is a tie-in with a camera maker."


    Agreed - image quality from Apple devices is well below the benchmark. Maybe adequate for the average Apple user.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 99.

    I'm inclined to trust Samsung products over their weaker rivals based on smartphone performance. See this table of relative processing speeds (from Which?).

    1.Samsung Galaxy S4 – 3188
    2.HTC One – 2798
    3.Sony Xperia Z – 2173
    4.Google Nexus 4 – 2134
    5.Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 1950
    6.BlackBerry Z10 – 1698
    7.Apple iPhone 5 16GB – 1664

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    Comment number 98.

    Not surprised at the lack of appetite for the S4...since it has the same flaky Exynos chip that caused the early S3 models to turn into expensive paperweights with total data loss. And what's worse is that no-one was advised by Samsung until about a year later - when it was too late..

  • rate this
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    Comment number 97.

    #96 Without its OS,Apple would be a small company making high quality low volume expensive tablets for another OS -probably Android-Its success comes from iOS-not its electronic products.

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    Comment number 96.

    My daughter has been running OSX and Windows on her dual boot 15" Macbook Pro for the last three years to use Solidworks. Nothing is new in these products from that perspective.
    unsureaboutanything
    Apple nowhere without its OSX? Really? Its market cap is second only to Exxon the oil company

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    Comment number 95.

    92.Megan - "Drawback to such a neat idea is the use of Windows 8 which is of no use for actually doing anything creative: it works more like a mobile OS designed for 'consumer' viewing online ........"



    To be fair that is what the vast majority of ICT users do when on line!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 94.

    These devices will not get me selling my Apple devices anytime soon Apple has been integrated across its OSX / iOS for some time and that integration works.
    The only missing element from Apple is a tie-in with a camera maker.

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    Comment number 93.

    23.Glynnar
    4 Hours ago
    Remarkable concept. I look forward to seeing more multiple OS hardware in production over the coming years.

    ======

    You don't need specialist hardware to do what this product promises. Dual-boot and virtual machine technology has been around for years. Don't get conned into paying premium prices for something you can get free, even if it carries an Apple logo.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 92.

    Drawback to such a neat idea is the use of Windows 8 which is of no use for actually doing anything creative: it works more like a mobile OS designed for 'consumer' viewing online - just try writing code or otherwise actually doing something constructive & you will flee to an alternative OS - Linux or Windows XP, perhaps!

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    Comment number 91.

    "#81 peejkerton
    So please tell me, what advantage do I have running both? Angry Birds works on both folks, and there are alternatives to most software on each platform."

    I wish it were so but its not. I thought that Windows would start to catch up but app developers for the most part don't seem to be interested in developing for Windows. Many are quite scornful of the interface.

 

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