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Can’t Decide Between Windows or Android? Samsung’s ATIV Q Convertible Does Both.

With the launch of Windows 8, we’ve seen the emergence of convertible devices — machines that twist, fold or detach so you can use them as a laptop or a tablet. Now Samsung is giving new meaning to the term “convertible.”

ATIV Q

At an event in London today, Samsung introduced the ATIV Q, a hybrid device that can run Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2. The company said it designed the ATIV Q after its customers expressed a desire to access Android apps on a Windows PC. Now, users can switch between the two operating systems seamlessly.

You can even pin Android apps to the Windows 8 start screen, and transfer and share files between Windows 8 and Android. (Asus also introduced a Windows-Android hybrid, the Transformer Book Trio, at Computex earlier this month.)

But that’s not where the covertible-ness of the device stops. The laptop also features a hinge design that lets you use the machine in four different modes. You can use it as a regular laptop; you can lay the display flat over the keyboard to use as a tablet, or flip it over to watch videos. Finally, you can pull the display away from the hinge and position it at different angles — sort of like an all-in-one PC.

Sound familiar? That’s because Acer offers a similar design with its Aspire R7 laptop, though the ATIV Q has a smaller form factor. It measures 0.5-inch thick, and weighs 2.8 pounds; the Aspire R7 comes in at 0.7-inch thick and 3.3 pounds. While thinner and lighter is better, these types of convertible devices often come with trade-offs.

Samsung boasted that the ATIV Q’s 3,200 by 1,800 pixel touchscreen offers 2.8 times the pixel density of full HD displays, can be viewed in bright sunlight, and has a 178-degree viewing angle. The ATIV Q is powered by Intel’s latest Core i5 processor, and promises up to nine hours of battery life.

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In addition to the ATIV Q, the company also introduced the ATIV Tab 3. Dubbing it the world’s thinnest (stop me if you’ve heard this before) Windows 8 tablet, the ATIV Tab 3 measures just 0.3-inch thick and weighs 1.2 pounds. It’s targeted at those looking for a portable tablet to use on the go.

It comes preloaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student and, like the Galaxy Note series, the tablet includes a stylus (called the S Pen), so users can take notes, make annotations and sketch doodles right on the device. The ATIV Q also supports the S Pen.

Samsung did not announce pricing or availability for either devices at this time. Also unveiled today was the Android-based Galaxy NX camera.


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