Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
World Wide Web
Fiercely productive scanners
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
It
It's Android, No, a Windows Tablet: Samsung ATIV Q Is Both

By Barry Levine
June 20, 2013 2:27PM

    Bookmark and Share
In addition to running both Windows and Android, the Samsung ATIV Q has a hinge design for turning the device into any of several functional modes. When the display is flat over the keyboard, it's a tablet. By turning the display upright so that it reveals the keyboard, it becomes a laptop, and flipping the display into standing position turns the Q into a movie-watching device.
 



How about a Windows 8 tablet that also runs Android apps? That's the question someone at Samsung Electronics asked themselves, which led to the introduction on Thursday of the ATIV Q tablet.

Actually, Samsung unveiled two tablets Thursday, the ATIV Q and the ATIV Tab 3. The Q model is the one for users who truly can't make up their minds between Windows and Android, or between a tablet and a laptop. It features both Windows 8 and Android Jellybean 4.2.2, and allows users to share files or folders between the two operating systems. In other words, photos saved in the photos folder while in Windows are available in the photos folder when in Android.

The Android and Windows OSes run on the same Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, and switching between the two is simply a matter of touching an on-screen icon. Reportedly, the switch-over takes only a few seconds and no reboot is required.

'World's Highest Resolution'

The Q also has a hinge design for turning the device into any of several functional modes. When the display is flat over the keyboard, it's a tablet. By turning the display upright so that it reveals the keyboard, it becomes a laptop, and flipping the display into standing position turns the Q into a movie-watching device.

The tablet/laptop convertible format has seen more life since the launch of the new Windows, largely because Windows 8 is a touch-oriented operating system, but many users still prefer to use their productivity software with a keyboard.

The Q's 13.3-inch touch screen comes with what Samsung describes as "the world's highest resolution" display at 3200x1800, with a pixel density 2.8 times higher than full high-def screens -- 275 pixels per inch.

The Tab 3, the company said, is designed with the power of a PC, and is the thinnest Windows tablet on the market -- 8.2 mm, about the thickness of a smartphone. It provides up to 10 hours of battery life, an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB of memory, 64 GB of internal storage, and Wi-Fi connectivity in a svelte package of only 19 ounces. Both the Q and the Tab 3 are packaged with an improved S Pen, not unlike the stylus in Samsung's Galaxy Note line of tablets.

SideSync

SideSync, which merges the functionality of the Q or the Tab 3 with an Android-based Samsung smartphone, is available for both devices. Using SideSync, a user could, for instance, employ the PC keyboard to text back through the mobile phone, or could look at maps, photos or videos on either device's screen.

Pricing on the new tablets was not announced. They are the company's latest effort to increase its position against the dominator of the tablet category, Apple. Samsung, king among smartphone makers, has an 18 percent market share in tablets, according to industry research firm IDC. Although distant from Apple's 40 percent, Samsung's current position is triple its market share from the first quarter of last year, and gives the company the coveted second position.

Tablets are a hot category now, expected to grow in units sold by nearly 50 percent this year, and IDC, among others, has predicted sales of tablets will exceed sales of desktops or laptops by 2015. All of which is even more impressive when one realizes that the category essentially did not exist until the iPad was launched in 2010.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



APC has an established a reputation for solid products that virtually pay for themselves upon installation. Who has time to spend worrying about system downtime? APC makes it easy for you to focus on business growth instead of business downtime with reliable data center systems and IT solutions. Learn more here.


 World Wide Web
1.   Google Street View Unravels CAPTCHAs
2.   Yahoo COO Gets $58M Parting Gift
3.   Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
4.   Malware Targets Facebook Users
5.   Mt. Gox Is Headed for Liquidation


advertisement
Don't Reset Passwords for Heartbleed?
Added caution needed to ensure security.
Average Rating:
Internet Devices Lure Hackers
Mundane devices end up in online crime.
Average Rating:
Yahoo COO Gets $58M Parting Gift
What was the company thinking?
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 
Canadian Teen Arrested for Heartbleed Hack
One week after the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability was unveiled, Canadian authorities have made the first arrest -- a London, Ontario teenager -- connected to exploiting the security hole.
 
IBM Offers Security, Disaster Recovery as SoftLayer Service
New disaster recovery and security services for SoftLayer clients are being added by IBM. Big Blue said the new capabilities will speed cloud adoption by alleviating concern over business continuity.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
Google Glass may find its first markets in verticals in which hands-free access to data is a boon. Medicine is among the most prominent of those, as seen in a number of Glass experiments under way.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Releases Chrome Remote Desktop App for Android
You're out on a sales call, and use your Android mobile device to grab a file you have back at the office on your desktop. That's a bit easier now with Google's Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android.
 
Amazon 3D Smartphone Pics Leaked
E-commerce giant Amazon is reportedly set to launch a smartphone after years of development. Photos of the phone, which may feature a unique 3D interface, were leaked by tech pub BGR.
 
Zebra Tech Buys Motorola Enterprise for $3.45B
Weeks after Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility’s assets from Google for $2.91 billion, Zebra Technologies is throwing down $3.45 billion for Motorola’s Enterprise business in an all-cash deal.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.