Samsung ATIV Q hands-on

Samsung ATIV Q hands-on
The dual-booting ATIV flagship tablet from Samsung has many different talents to show - one that starts with its crystal clear 3200 x 1800 pixel 'QHD+' resolution display, and that continues on with the transformer style hinge that rotates the said screen and hides a comfortable QWERTY keyboard underneath.

On the surface, however, the glossy black exterior of the ATIV Q appears all too modest - despite the use of the highly durable magnesium plastic in the 14mm thick body. And, just like any other recent Samsung-made smartphone or tablet, the ATIV Q feels disproportionally light for its size at just 1.29kg. The 13.3 inch display promptly puts any doubts aside, having a pixel density of record high 275ppi that clearly puts the ATIV Q in a league above most tablets currently out in the market. Similar to the ATIV Tab 3, the screen is also fully compatible with the S Pen that resides in its own compartment in the tablet.

After playing around with the tablet on the show floor, the slider mechanism failed to earn any brownie points - it was either too rigid, or we simply failed to apply pressure at the right spot. Looking past that, however, the hinge does support several traditional and non-traditional modes that add to the different use cases of the ATIV Q.

The specs of the ATIV Q leave hardly any area uncovered. At user's disposal is a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 processor with Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 GPU and 4GB of RAM, while the official size for the built-in SSD storage is 128GB. Built into the side of the hinge, there's a micro HDMI and SD card slot, as well as a pair of USB ports - USB 3.0 and 2.0 - the latter, I was told, was included for 'compatibility' purposes.

While certainly not the first, the Samsung ATIV Q is part of the emerging breed of dual-booting tablets/convertibles. Alongside the grown-up version of Windows 8 (Samsung was very specific to point that out), the ATIV Q also runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. There's no need to boot out of the system to access either OS - the switching is as seamless as double-tapping the Windows logo at the bottom of the screen. While Google's OS performed close to identical to what we've seen in purebred Android tablets, the idea of having two OS's running at the same time seemed a bit perplexing to us. Things start to make sense when viewed on a broader scale - the ATIV Q might be the most versatile, all-in-one tablet yet.

The ATIV Q has certainly garnered plenty of interest on the show floor at the Samsung event in London, perhaps only rivaled by the Android-based DSLR style camera, the Samsung Galaxy NX. It's a pity that neither of these gadgets could offer a concrete price tag or even a release window, yet you can be sure that we'll keep you informed as more details continue to emerge.

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  • Display 13.3" 3200 x 1800 pixels
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 2600 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB



1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

So how much money do I give Samsung?

3. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Alot 1500 usd

12. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I hope not. I will pay 899.00 maybe 999.99. 1500 is just to expensive for me.

2. Kevinphantom

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 17, 2013

Cool stuff better than note 3

5. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

let the big thing come out first...... than say some dump thing like this

9. g2a5b0e unregistered

Did you really just compare a phone with a tablet/laptop hybrid? Smack yourself.

4. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

a tab with two! Android for casual games and Windows 8 for the rest.

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It's the future. Better yet would be running two apps simultaneously, split screen, Android apps on Start menu tray, whatever, but hey, 1 tap and 2 seconds switch is not too bad.

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So much win. But it must come at a reasonable price, say $800 or something.

10. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

2560x1600 IPS PC monitors are already half of that. Don't say reasonable because honestly $800 doesn't sound reasonable. Just say 'cheap' because thats what you want it at. I'm sure the screen is pushing up the cost quite a bit by itself already, and the internals are just as expensive. You know, what with the Intel tax and all.

13. JKING_25

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I agree with you brother. That thing is super premium. I can't see them charging only 799.99 for this bad boy. Even at 999.99 that still cheap.

8. abinav531

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

Here comes a tablet with Dual OS (Windows 8 and Android)...The new Samsung Ativ Q! Awesome features..! Check out the look and specs of Ativ Q and also Ativ Tab 3 here:

11. joonyboy

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 11, 2010

wait you're saying this doesn't have a front facing camera???

14. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

Want. I wonder what this thing scores on any of the Android benchmarks...

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The funny thing is that this would be an instant 100% sale for me if it used a lighter thinner plastic instead of thick magnesium. Everybody can thank the haters for screwing this one up a bit for everyone. Still considering it though.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

A new editor

17. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

Hope they make a cheap version of this for not-so-high income geeks, let's say 1080p screen, Core i3 CPU, 64GB SSD, for $500 or so, I would buy it in a blink! But yeah if this isn't more than $900 It's still an option for me :3

18. Kdpease

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 02, 2013

Does anyone have a clue for the release date? I want one before school starts 8/29!

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