Samsung ATIV Q - Convertible tablets running Windows 8 are a big thing right now. With Windows 8′s redesigned interface that screams “touch screen only,” it seems logical that it would find such a cozy home on tablets. Most Windows 8 tablets provide great functionality and productivity but let’s face it: the app selection leaves a little to be desired.
In the past month Samsung has aggressively expanded its Android-based portfolio, but on Thursday the company showed it still supports Windows, albeit not to the extent it backs and relies on Google’s OS.
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Samsung ATIV Q Specs and Features
The ATIV Q’s 3200 x 1800 pixel screen measures 13.3 inches, and the device can be used as a tablet or a laptop with a foldout keyboard. The screen can also be flipped 180 degrees and is bright enough to work in sunshine, according to Samsung. Users can choose between Windows 8 and Android at the push of a button on the screen without rebooting. Android apps can also be pinned to the Windows home screen.
The device is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, weighs 1.29 kilograms and is 13.9 millimeters thick. The storage consists of a 128GB solid-state drive. If that isn’t enough it can be expanded using a microSD card.
The Windows 8-based ATIV Tab 3 has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Users can store movies, magazines and other content on the 64GB integrated storage or a microSD card. The tablet weighs 550 grams and is 8.2 millimeters thick. Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z and the iPad are 6.9 millimeters and 9.4 millimeters thick, respectively.
Both ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 are compatible with Samsung’s S Pen. Samsung didn’t announce any details on pricing or international availability.
That the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 both run Windows 8 isn’t good news for the future of Windows RT, which Samsung used on the original ATIV Tab. During the event Samsung even underlined that the new devices don’t run Windows RT, and can therefore use all Windows applications.
Tablet shipments totaled 49.2 million units during the first three months of the year, more than in the first half of 2012, according to IDC. But Windows 8 was running on only 1.6 million of those and Windows RT on just 200,000, which equals a 0.4 percent market share.
One thing that’s also missing from Samsung’s new ATIV family is a Windows smartphone. The company hasn’t released a new smartphone based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS since the ATIV S last year, which hasn’t sold well, according to Ben Wood, director of research at analyst firm CCS Insight.
Speaking of the disparity, Tim Shepherd, Canalys Senior Analyst, said, “Apple’s App Store and Google Play remain the heavyweights in the app store world. In comparison, BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain distant challengers today, though they still should not be ignored.” Especially not when companies like Samsung and ASUS are finding ways to marry Windows and Android.
In addition to running Android Apps, the Samsung ATIV Q will also allow users to seamlessly transfer files from Windows 8 to Android, extending to desktop, tablet and phone. It’s an impressive feature which will allow, almost, endless access to information and tools. It also features SideSync, which means you can respond to texts on your phone from the tablet.
The Samsung ATIV Q also features a smooth, hinged keyboard which can be unfolded to use as a laptop, or folded under to perform more like a tablet. The thin, lightweight device will feature an insanely high resolution (3200×1800, 275ppi) and an Intel INTC +0.1% Core i5 processor.
Sephi Shapira of MassiveImpact is quoted as saying “Mobile presents the most personalized communication/entertainment experience ever in history, all packed- into-one and Samsung is smart enough to realize that and continually expand its feature range (camera, cross-device data sync, water resistance and more). Mobile marketing technology providers should take a similar approach and leverage this experience, allowing for individualized marketing based on users’ mobile consumption habits and ensure that advertisers actually meet their clients at THEIR own playing field, catering to everyday needs.”
Windows/Android tablets seem to be the next trend within mobile. Earlier this year, ASUS unveiled both the Transformer All-in-One and, more recently, the Transformer Book Trio, which will also both run Windows and Android. The latter promises to run Windows 8 while used in notebook mode and Android while in tablet mode.