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ATIV Q: Windows and Android under the same house

ATIV Q: Windows and Android under the same house

At their London event, Samsung announced their ATIV Q tablet, which runs both Android and Windows that can switch seamlessly between the two operating systems. Will the battle between Android and Windows end peacefully with this merger? I’ve been testing this hybrid tablet out. 

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Windows left, Android right. The ATIV Q can do both simultaneously. / © AndroidPIT

A multitalented tablet

If one pops up the flat screen of the ATIV Q, a keyboard is revealed which transforms the 13.3-inch tablet into a veritable small notebook. The display can also be rotated so that it floats horizontally above the keyboard; a useful setting to be used when drawing on the screen and interchanging between using the keyboard, notes Samsung. The operation with Samsung’s S Pen (known for its use in the Samsung Note series) is fluid and smooth. The resolution on the screen is great as well: the 13.3-inch qHD+ display sports a 3200x1800 pixel resolution with a pixel density of 275.

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One of the many configurations of the ATIV Q, display hovering over the keyboard. / © AndroidPIT

The ATIV Q shines not only as a high-class display, but also from its design and hardware. The processor is housed in the base of the device and connects the display with the keyboard, the battery is installed in the lower keyboard, and the display contains only the screen and sensors, making it ridiculously thin. 

“Both:” instead of “either or”

Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 are both installed on the device and run in parallel. Just tap the Home button (on the ATIV devices, it’s the Windows key) and you’re being switch between the two. Both systems can also be displayed simultaneously in a split-screen view.

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Windows 8..../ © AndroidPIT
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.....or Android 4.2.2. / © AndroidPIT

I was surprised at how smoothly and seamlessly you can switch between the two systems.  Whether the Intel Core i5 processor is capable of handling computational hungry programs running in the background at the same time as having two operational systems is another story, but the short time I had with the ATIV Q really impressed me.

Although Samsung advertises that you can “enjoy” Android Apps on Windows, the technology behind it is less than spectacular. Folders and data between Windows and Android an be moved back and forth, the same as that can be done via the ATIV Q and an Android Device using a service called Samsung SideSync

Nevertheless, the concept of the ATIV Q is very interesting. As soon as we get a hold of a tester of the device here at AndroidPIT, we will be able to discuss the Windows/Android hybrid again in more detail.

What do you think of the idea? Is it revolutionary to have Windows and Android under the same device or unnecessary novelty?


Display 13.3-inches, 3200 x 1.800 pixels, 275 ppi, LCD
Processor Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4400 
Storage 128 GB SSD + microSD
System Windows 8, Android 4.2.2
Connectivity WLAN, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet
Weight 1.290 Grams
Dimensions 327 x 217.8 x 13.9 Millimeter
Front Camera 720p
Battery No information on details, but according to Samsung "up to 9 hours of use"


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  • I've tried out Windows 8, and it might just be because I didn't get enough hands-on time with it, but I wasn't a big fan...I would be willing to give it a chance with a seamless transition between the two Operating Systems.

    As Glostermeteor has said, it'll definitely come down to price. I like what I see, but I could be completely turned off if the MSRP is astronomical.

  • Sounds fantastic, but whether its a success or not will come down to price.

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    Deactivated Account Jun 22, 2013 Link to comment

    If it has a split screen functionality then show it off, I would love to see it...

  • I think running 2 OS in parallel will have a niche audience and it could be useful to some.

    Overall I think the format of a touch screen with keyboard is basically going to replace laptops in the near future but I think it will be windows that dominates given the fact that they have the corporate sector in their pocket.

    I prefer the idea of keeping the guts of the system with the screen so that it can be carried around to meetings, taken home after work and then docked up to a full size keyboard & monitor when required.

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