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June 21 2013 6 21 /06 /June /2013 09:06

Tablet or Notebook, Windows 8 or Android 4.2.2? Instead left to the user is spoiled for choice, Samsung has packed everything into a device: The Ativ Q. It's a hybrid device in the truest sense of the word.

Samsung advertises the Ativ Q as a hybrid device. With its hinged display it can be transformed from a tablet into a notebook, on the next Windows 8 also runs Android 4.2.2. Easily Ativ Q is not, at least not for a tablet. Brings it a whopping 1.3 kg on the scale. And it is with 327 x 217.8 x 13.9 millimeters not small. This is primarily due to which Windows 8 hardly can use touch-entry to the large 13-3-inch display, the buttons and menus are at the resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels (275 ppi) is hardly the to meet his fingers. For this, Samsung has the Ativ Q enclosed a digitizer pen that allows you to operate the touch screen. The display is bright, lack of daylight, we were not able check how well the advertised Samsung outdoor mode works.

Who wants to work out with the hybrid tablet that can connect to single-band 802.11b/g/n WLAN to the Internet. There is also an Ethernet - Dongle and a Bluetooth module, which supports the wireless transmission mode, in Version 4.0. There is a USB 2.0 and a USB 3.0 port and a port for an HDMI cable and a slot for a micro SD card.


Core i5 in the display hinge

Those looking for the micro-HDMI port on the frame, looking for a long time. The hardware is placed in the joint that connects the display with the keyboard. And also some connections, such as the HDMI connector for an external monitor. In a joint Core i5-4200U operates at a clock rate of 1.6 to 2.6 GHz (2 cores, hyperthreading) with the graphics core HD 4400th The RAM(PIPO M8Pro) is 4 GB. Samsung will sell the Ativ Q with SSDs that have up to 256 GB of storage capacity.

The screen can be put completely on the keyboard, then the Ativ Q is a tablet. It can open up and at an angle in front of the keyboard: Then it's a notebook. Finally, there is a presentation mode, in which the keyboard can hide behind the screen. The keyboard is the equivalent of a conventional notebook. The screen was slightly forward and backward. There is no snap, the display is virtually placed on the keyboard and infinitely tilt backwards until it is vertical.

Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2

Windows 8 runs on the hybrid device. But not only. Also Android 4.2.2. And new without having to restart the device. In addition, links to Android apps can accommodate as tile on the Windows 8 Start screen. This in turn only works because emulates Android 4.2.2 runs under Windows. Samsung calls the dual OS. Be via a dedicated button located between Windows 8 and the standard Android interface back and forth. A button on Windows 8 and a software button on Android does the same.

Android running on the demo in a floor version, then it is set to receive adjustments from Samsung. It should work most apps that run on pure Android devices. That it is an emulated Android on Windows 8, the latest clear when the Windows option menu lets laterally opened by swiping on the Android home screen, or Internet Explorer running in the window on the home screen of Google's mobile operating system.

Android Apps for Windows

The Android apps that we tried, needed despite strong CPU pretty long to start, but then ran without complaint. However, we were somewhat confused by dual OS, such as Windows, we tried to enlarge the screen by pinch-and-zoom. Windows-only applications, such as Word or Excel on the other hand started quickly and were operated according to liquid. Also in the browser, we found no stuttering.

The question remains: Why does Windows and Android deliver on a device? Samsung says the device is for users, but primarily use Windows apps on Android can not do without, such as Google Calendar or the games. The idea of ​​an Android emulation, however, is not new. BlueStacks has developed an intermediate layer for Windows, running on the Android apps and has already been used on tablets. Whether it is a further development of BlueStacks or is in Samsung's own dual OS, we could not learn.

Ultrabook with external screen

The device itself does at first glance a good, solid impression and ran smoothly throughout. In the collapsed state, it is thinner and lighter than many Ultrabook. However, the screen is then exposed, a sleeve for transport would be advisable.

To check availability and price Samsung did not specify. If it were a preliminary devices. While going to change anything in the hardware, software - especially on the Android emulator - does.

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