Samsung ATIV Q tablet is announced with record-high resolution, boots Windows 8 and Android


The latest member of Samsung's Windows-powered ATIV lineup of devices is now official. Meet the Samsung ATIV Q – a tablet that's made with versatility in mind. And to meet this target, its maker has added a feature we rarely get to see on tablets nowadays. In particular, the ATIV Q can run both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 and it runs them at the same time. No need to reboot in order to switch between them! And since this is a Windows 8 device, all your legacy Windows software should run on it just fine.

Furthermore, the Samsung ATIV Q sports a body made of durable magnesium, a unique folding form-factor and it comes with a built-in QWERTY keyboard. It can be used in four different modes, depending on whether you're playing a game, displaying a PowerPoint presentation, or working on a report. Added to the device's set of productivity features is the S Pen digital stylus borrowed straight from the Galaxy Note lineup. At the same time, the ATIV Q is only 13.9-millimeters thin and weighs just 1.29 kilograms, which is impressive for a device that's practically capable of replacing a netbook computer.

Want to hear about its hardware specs? Well, prepare to be impressed. The Samsung ATIV Q has a 13.3-inch display with a mind-blowing resolution of 3200 by 1800 pixels. That results in a pixel density of 275 ppi, which is really impressive for a tablet of this size. According to Samsung, the display shines brightly enough to be usable outdoors. A Haswell-based Intel Core i5 processor delivers all the processing power, paired with 4GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel HD Graphics 4400, all the while consuming a reasonable amount of energy. Samsung claims that the tablet should be capable of getting up to 9 hours of battery life. Storage-wise, there's up to a 256 GB solid-state drive tucked in there, although the actual amount of space available to the user should be less. Last but not least, there's a 720p front-facing camera outfitted for video chats.

Overall, the Samsung ATIV Q is shaping up like an outstanding tablet that can be both a capable productivity tool and a portable entertainment device. Details, such as pricing and availability, have yet to be announced.

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