Samsung Ativ Q tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android
At a press conference in London today, Samsung unveiled a new tablet that can run both Windows and Android operating systems.
The ATIV Q boasts a 13.3-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 275 pixels per inch, which Samsung says is 2.8 times the density of full HD displays for viewing the “finest of details”. ATIV Q is also designed to provide an “optimised viewing experience regardless of location and high brightness in outdoor environment.”
The ATIV Q is able to transform itself into four different modes, thanks to a clever hinge. The tablet mode is achieved by laying the display over the keyboard. Or users can opt for a more traditional laptop approach by raising the display upright so they can type on the keyboard. There is also a floating or hover mode, where the display is parallel but above the keyboard (which sounds like something for touch-typists only). The final mode is the stand mode, designed so that users can watch movies or for presentations or demonstrations.
Whilst the transformative ability of the ATIV Q is noteworthy, the fact that it runs two operating systems, namely Windows 8 and Android 2.2 (Jelly Bean), is another significant development. And the question has to be why. Why would anyone want a device that runs both Android and Windows 8?
“The ATIV Q – a truly convertible device with the ability to change modes and the power to enjoy both Windows and Android,” explained Samsung. “Born of the tablet family, the ATIV Q allows users more flexibility than ever to adapt the device to fit any situation, posture or environment. Built with today’s evolving consumer lifestyles in mind and usable as a notebook or tablet, it delivers on the ATIV promise to make work more seamless and life more convenient.”
Under the marketing speak, it seems the real reason is that Samsung believes there are consumers that want to use Android Apps on Windows. Android can be fired up with a press of the icon, and Android apps can be transported and pinned back on the Windows 8 home screen, allowing for easy use.
“Addressing consumers’ desire to access Android apps on a Windows-based PC, the ATIV Q allows users to experience both Windows 8 and Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) on the same device,” said Samsung. “Users will not only get access to Android apps via Google Play but also be able to transfer files, to share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android, truly marrying the mobile and PC experiences.”