FIRST LOOK: New Samsung Hybrid Win8/Android ATIV Q Tablet

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Written by Luke Johnson: Trusted Reviews     21/06/2013 | 11:13 | Category name i.e.HOME OFFICE

Samsung has rolled out their new ATIV Q convertible tablet hybrid which, runs both Windows 8 and Android operating systems, the design is slick and so is the concept but the big question is whether the device will get traction in the Australian market.

Our review partners Trusted Reviews claims the Q runs the risk of feeling cluttered and clumsy. 
Fortunately the two distinct operating systems are individually hosted but provide strong, seamless file and data transitions work together well, quietly and behind the scenes.

Convertibles have been threatening to push a new forge in the tablet and notebook scenes for some time; can the Samsung ATIV Q finally win the battle for the hybrids? We go hands-on to see for ourselves.

Samsung ATIV Q Design
The Samsung ATIV Q's design is all about the tablet's many forms. Capable of taking on four different guises ('tablet', 'typing', 'floating' and 'stand'), the ATIV Q is jack of many talents and, pleasingly, master of at least a couple. While the 'floating' stance of the screen pointing up on a stork is of little use, the 'typing' position highlights the unit's impressive keyboard.

The Samsung ATIV Q is 13.9mm thick and 1.29kg in weight. Although not slight by any stretch of the imagination, this mass is well distributed across the hybrid's full 13.3-inch form and as such feels as comfortable and sturdy as any Asus or Acer convertible.

Available in black, the Samsung ATIV Q's rather smooth design is broken up by all manner of connection ports. A single USB 3.0 port features alongside a USB 2.0 connection while microHDMI and microSD slots are also present.


The Q's design is functional more than attractive but, with time, we can see it growing on us and winning us over with its multiple forms and convertible options.

 
Samsung ATIV Q Screen
The Samsung ATIV Q screen is a bit of a beaut. It is a 13.3-inch qHD offering which, thanks to a 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution and 275 pixels-per-inch image density, is both detailed and sharp.

The Q's screen is vibrant and eye catching on first impressions, with colours proving expansive and with a pleasing level of subtlety. Brightness was impressive in the garishly artificial lighting of our hands-on environment, but will require further testing in a variety of conditions.

A screen to rival those on many ultrabooks, the Q's display features strong viewing angles and its touch panel proved responsive and accurate during early tests.


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Samsung ATIV Q Performance

The Samsung ATIV Q is a powerful hybrid device. With an Intel Core i5 processor at its heart, the Q also features backing from Intel 4400 HD Graphics and 4GB of RAM.

Windows 8 makes a good foundation for the Samsung ATIV Q, with Android present to provide some much needed glamour. Sadly, Samsung's TouchWiz UI is missing, leaving plain old Android to hold the fort. Keeping things running smoothly across the two platforms, Android apps can be pinned to the Windows 8 homescreen, creating seamless shortcuts between the two content levels.

The Samsung ATIV Q's performance is further enhanced with SideSync compatibility, letting you use your smartphone as a second screen. This requires further testing before we are able to pass judgement.

With a 128GB SSD providing ample storage, the Samsung ATIV Q claims a 9 hour battery life. We were unable to test this claim during our hands-on and so will take a further look in our full ATIV Q review in the near future.

Samsung ATIV Q First Impressions

The Samsung ATIV Q is a mixed bag of tricks. Slightly too chunky to work as a designated tablet, the additional convertible options are a serious boon to its credentials. Similarly, while the need for both Android and Windows 8 OSs might not be felt by many, it helps separate the Q's business and pleasure attributes. The Samsung ATIV Q is, in short, an interesting device which we are intrigued to spend more time with.

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Pros & Cons

Pros:

While the need for both an Android or Win 8 might not be needed by many, it helps separate the Q’s business and pleasure attributes. The Samsung ATIV Q is, in short, an interesting device which we are intrigued to spend more time with.

Cons:

The Samsung ATIV Q is a mixed bag of tricks. Slightly too chunky to work as a designated tablet, the additional convertible options are a serious boon to its credentials.