Samsung Ativ Q

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Samsung Ativ Q

The Samsung Ativ Q is a 13.3-inch convertible laptop manufactured by Samsung. Unveiled at a Samsung Premiere event on June 20, 2013, the tablet runs Windows 8, but also ships with software that also allows it to run the Android operating system. The Ativ Q's hardware is also distinguished by multiple folding states and a high resolution display. Samsung announced that the Ativ Q would be released in the third quarter of 2013, with a representative indicating that it would be out in time for the back to school season; however, its release has been indefinitely delayed.[1][2]



The Ativ Q's design incorporates a unique, rugged hinge (which also houses the CPU) that can be used to tilt the screen into a number of different positions, such as flipping it over entirely to use it like a stand, having it "float" above the keyboard on an angle, or in a traditional laptop-styled position. Due to the lack of space, a pointing stick is offered instead of a trackpad.[3][4]

The Ativ Q uses a 4th generation (Haswell), 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5 4200U processor with 4 GB of RAM. The device features at 13.3-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 3200×1800 at 275 ppi, and will also ship with an S Pen stylus.[1]


While Samsung's presentation showcased the Ativ Q running Windows 8.1, demo units of the Ativ Q at its launch event ran Windows 8. The Ativ Q is also shipped with a stock version of Android 4.2.2; however, it runs within an emulated environment inside Windows using a virtual machine. Shortcuts and a keyboard button are provided for switching to the Android environment, files can be shared between the two environments, and Android apps can also be pinned to the Windows Start screen. The Ativ Q is also bundled with Samsung's "SideSync" software for linking to and controlling other Samsung smartphones and tablets with Android.[3][5]


Although Samsung initially announced a late-2013 release in time for the back to school season,[1] the South Korean edition of ZDNet reported in August 2013 that the Ativ Q's release may be delayed or cancelled due to patent issues surrounding its dual-OS functionality.[2][6]

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