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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.

Samsung ATIV Q hands-on
Samsung ATIV Q hands-on

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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posted on 21 Jun 2013, 02:00 7

1. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

So how much money do I give Samsung?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 02:06 2

3. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)

Alot 1500 usd

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:08 1

12. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 02:02 1

2. Kevinphantom (Posts: 82; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)

Cool stuff better than note 3

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 02:37 5

5. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:09 5

9. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 02:35 4

4. jeff1434325 (Posts: 97; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:48 2

7. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 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.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 03:24 3

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 09:56 1

10. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 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.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 14:10 2

13. JKING_25 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 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.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 08:29

8. abinav531 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Jun 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:

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 12:35 1

11. joonyboy (Posts: 43; Member since: 11 Nov 2010)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 16:46

14. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 21:56

15. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 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.

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 13:44

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)

A new editor

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 20:13

17. vananucho (Posts: 76; Member since: 01 Jun 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

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:27

18. Kdpease (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)

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

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