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Samsung Announces the ATIV Q, a 13.3-Inch Windows 8 Tablet That Runs Android

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At Samsung’s London Premiere event that took place today, we not only got the new Galaxy NX camera, but Samsung also unveiled a new dual-OS tablet called the ATIV Q that runs both Windows 8 and Android. The tablet is a part of Samsung’s ATIV line, which typically has nothing to do with Android, however, Samsung has tried to “marry” both Windows and Android together to create the ultimate computing experience. 

The ATIV Q is a “truly convertible device” that has the ability to jump from Windows to Android (4.2.2). So yes, that means you can run all of your favorite Android apps through Google Play, but you can even do advanced tasks like sharing files and folders between each OS. “Convertible” also means that it has a hidden keyboard and can transfer from a touchscreen-only tablet to a machine capable of getting serious work done.

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From a spec standpoint, the ATIV Q sports a 13.3-inch QHD+ display with a crazy resolution of 3200×1800 (that’s 275ppi). The tablet also has an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB RAM, 128GB sold state hard drive, a camera that can shoot 720p video, 9 hour battery life, and a variety of ports.

Pricing and availability was not announced.


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Samsung Strengthens Tablet Business and Demonstrates Commitment to Customer Choice with Innovative New ATIV Tablets

New Convertible ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, the World’s Thinnest Windows Tablet, Offer Ultimate Versatility and Productivity on the Go

LONDON, U.K. – June 20, 2013 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, unveiled two new tablets today, giving consumers more ways than ever to create, consume and share content, and blurring the industry boundaries. The two new Windows 8 tablets, the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, include several innovative new features that set them apart from other mobile tablets, including incredibly versatile form factors and extremely thin and light bodies. Both are powered by Windows 8 and bring several unique features to market – including the world’s thinnest tablet and a convertible tablet with the ability to run Android apps.

“Busy lives demand convenience, and the convertible nature of these tablets delivers the versatility, mobility and adaptability consumers should expect from personal computing today,” said DJ Lee, President and Head of Sales and Marketing Office, IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. “These tablets are the result of people-centric innovation, and they were designed to provide consumers the flexibility to manage their digital lives on their terms whether they are in the office, at home or on the go.”


Samsung launches the ATIV Q – a truly convertible device with the ability to change modes and the power to enjoy both Windows and Android. 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.

  • Enjoy Android Apps on Windows: 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. Users will not only get access to Android apps via Google Play but will also be able to transfer files to share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android, truly marrying the mobile and PC experiences.
  • Versatility to Suit Any Environment or Needs: The ATIV Q sports an innovative hinge design that allows the user to transform the tablet into four functional modes. Lay the display flat over the keyboard for tablet mode. Raise the display upright to type just like a laptop. Float and adjust the display to a comfortable viewing angle. Or flip the display to place in the stand mode to watch movies with ease. The four-in-one design of the ATIV Q easily adjusts to give users all the options they need in one device. ATIV Q is also extremely thin and lightweight for optimum portability. At 1.29kg and only 13.9mm, it’s easy to take everywhere you go.
  • The Ultimate Viewing Experience: The ATIV Q introduces the world’s highest resolution, QHD+ (3200×1800) display. The tablet’s 13.3-inch touch screen offers 2.8 times higher pixel density (275ppi) than full HD displays for viewing the finest of details. ATIV Q is also designed to provide an optimized viewing experience regardless of location and high brightness in outdoor environments.

ATIV Tab 3

A tablet with the power of a PC, the ATIV Tab 3 makes personal computing more mobile than ever. The tablet is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet – as thin as popular smartphones – and shares the premium design of the GALAXY series. It is also ideal for both creativity and productivity with improved S Pen functionality, including high level pen display and S Pen compatibility with MS Office.

  • Ultimate Mobility: The ATIV Tab 3 is the perfect device for on-the-go users. The frame is incredibly thin and light at only 8.2 millimeters thick and 550g in weight, making it a perfect companion device for travel as well as transporting between work and home. The ATIV Tab 3 also features up to 10 hours of battery life, eliminating the need to carry a charger for most long-distance flights.

Full Windows Experience for Work and Play: The ATIV Tab 3 runs Windows 8 with the ability to run Windows apps and programs, as well as coming preloaded with Office™ Home & Student for the best experience whether at home, at work or on go.

Both the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 also enable superior productivity with S Pen functionality, enabling users to easily make written updates to creative and work.

SideSync is available on the ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, enabling users to switch from working on their PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone with simplicity and ease. With SideSync, the user’s PC and mobile device become one. Simply use the PC keyboard to respond to a text on a mobile phone; view maps on a larger screen, display photos and videos on both devices to make editing files even easier; or use an ATIV PC to back up and charge mobile devices. With SideSync, users enjoy more productivity with fewer interruptions to work and everyday life.

Convenience is all about saving time and finding easier ways to get things accomplished, and Samsung ATIV tablets enable users to do just that. By making the personal computing experience more versatile, Samsung continues to make work more seamless and life more convenient.

For more information on the full ATIV PC Family, please visit www.samsung.com or www.samsungmobileuspress.com.

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Samsung, ATIV, SideSync and ChatON are all trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Other company names, product names and marks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners and may be trademarks or registered trademarks.

*All functionality, features, specifications, and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

1Total amount of available memory may be less based on system configurations, graphics support, and other factors.

2Accessible capacity varies; MB = 1 million bytes, GB = 1 billion bytes, TB = 1 trillion bytes. Please note that a portion of the hard drive is reserved for system recovery, operating system and preloaded content software.

3Battery life will vary depending on the product model, configuration, power management settings, applications used, and wireless settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and use. Test results based on independent third party Mobile Mark (or Battery Mark) tests. Non-Metric weights and measurements are approximate.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

  • A combination may have a good effect. And products related to Samsung or Android always attract attention.

  • Stephen Cox

    For a second there I thought it was an RT tablet that can run Android… but pleased to see its full Windows 8 and Android running on an x86.

    I would venture to guess this thing is TouchWiz-less because they might have some ARM-optimized code that isn’t as easy to port over as the core Android system.

    Maybe with all the work on Android x86 I should check out how the support for my Inspiron Duo is…

  • sski66

    i don’t know what the big deal is the Asus Transformer AiO P1801 has Windows & Android & that mach. looks cooler then this.

    • somguy

      that isn’t a laptop, though

  • jahsoul

    Well,. look like I will be giving Samsung a lot of money when this is released. :-/

  • Gingerbread man

    And people say Samsung doesn’t innovate

  • skinja

    woohoo. I have been waiting a long time for this !!

    anybody know if it has a gps antenna ??
    I did not.see google maps in the engadget video.



  • grim7r

    THE ULTIMATE ANTI-APPLE MACHINE! Wow. This is a fantastic idea. Stock Android 4.2.2 with access to the 700,00+ apps of the Google Play Store and easy accessibility to Microsoft Office. A huge win in my book. Hopefully the hinge will be able to hold up against some abuse and hopefully the price isn’t too ridiculous…wishful thinking.

  • EdubE24

    I’m not sure I want my tablet to be the size of my windshield..

    • Kellex

      Probably shouldn’t drive a mini cooper.

      • EdubE24

        I would so rock a Mini Cooper!!


    Is that…stock Android?

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  • XphoneTroll

    Woohoo I have been waiting for something like this for a long long time.. Day one for me!

  • Morlok8k

    Can i replace windows 8 with an OS that isn’t complete $#!+? like Linux or even Windows 7? that would make it perfect.

    • Mitch Joa

      I’m sure someone will figure out a way. I’d imagine a pretty big snafu would be preserving the simultaneous boot if it’s actually running Android natively. But if it’s running Android via emulation, there would be some bigger problems.

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  • joejoe5709

    Jeeeebus. That ATIV Q is awesome. It’s a little large, but other than that I’m totally on board. That is definitely among the ultimates in mobile computing. Windows 8 for work and Android for play. And the specs aren’t bad either! Aaaannnnd it’s got a keyboard? Absolutely. Done and done. Good Lord I hope this is the future of tablets.

    • joejoe5709

      Does anyone know if things like the Surface Pro are able to play PC games via an external disc player? I mean… does it act basically like a laptop in that respect?

      • Justin Foster

        now that is a great question

      • Raidy

        Yes – The full version of Win8 runs on the Surface Pro (and ATIV Q) and performs like any normal desktop/laptop running of Win8 – plug in a USB disc drive like any other and it works the same. The hardware is sleeker and in tablet form, but it’s still running on the same basic architecture as your typical Ultrabook.

  • Double the RAM and you have my money!

  • Chris

    The first Dual-OS tablet? I imagine this will move heavy numbers. But the key point everyone who is anyone in Tech world will be looking for is the pricing and marketing behind it. If it’s over $650 like what was suggested in the earlier comments then more than a few(myself included) will wait until the prices drop or until another competitor picks up the innovation and brings something better. All I want is something under $700 and for goodness sake please MORE COLORS.

  • Ian Smith

    how the hell do you even pronounce this?

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    First I’ll say.. WOW. I never thought that a tablet, or a windows 8 device would impress me, let alone together. But Having android in there shut me up quick!

    I will ask this though: Am I the only one who seems to think this isn’t running android natively? Appears to be an emulator if you ask me. As long as it’s running smooth for games no problem, but just so you know, that does not look like android running on i5 natively.

    • Mitch Joa

      I agree, I was pretty confused when I heard it only ran an i5, no dual chipping with an ARM something or other. It ha to be emulated.

  • Raven

    Hmm, this may be my new ultimate Android development device. If I can build in IntelliJ and then run natively on the same device it might be pretty cool. I doubt it would be quite as efficient as just compiling on my laptop and running on my Nexus 7 via ADB though. It depends on how quickly it can actually switch between OSes.

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      I agree, way cool. But to me it looks like android is running in an emulator. It’s not running natively. You would have to build an apk and put in in the shared android folder, switch to android which is nearly instant, then install the apk… not as efficient as just pushing with adb. That said… you can still plug in your nexus 7 to the usb port and push from this to it with adb.. so two options is sweet!

      • Mitch Joa

        Might not be ideal for speed purposes, but definitely ideal for those moments you realize you forgot your Nexus 7 on your way to a dev party!

  • Tony Byatt

    Samsung FTW…Wow…

  • GCE1701D

    one of them has a core i5 and hopefully win8 full (not RT)? and a fold out keyboard? if yes on full Win 8 then SHUT UP AN TAKE MY MONEY!

  • Michael Nichols

    Price $1500!!

    • Justin Foster

      Are you estimating out of excitement or you see that somewhere?

      • Michael Nichols

        I’m estimating out of specs

        • Justin Foster

          Oh. I hope it’s not that high, but it surely won’t be cheap =/

          • Michael Nichols

            If in the $500 range with USB ports I might buy

          • Justin Foster

            I feel you man.

            I’m wiling to pay about $1000 for it since I payed 500 for my tab and about the same for my laptop. Anything beyond that is kind of pushing it.

  • Mark Mann

    i may just have to buy one of these…i wouldn’t mind a samsung tablet…

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  • Jason Kahn

    Engadget has hands on video, this thing looks amazing and incredibly well thought out.


    • michael arazan

      It can also hook up to a monitor, and also has a keyboard dock

  • randy

    So they take an Android tablet that people don’t buy in any meaningful numbers and put it together with a Windows tablet that doesn’t sell in any meaningful numbers? Ok…

    • Justin Foster

      The Galaxy tablets series is not selling as bad as you think. otherwise Samsung would have stopped making them. What’s good about this is that it merges the increasingly popular Android experience of Samsung with the already universally used Windows experience.

  • Tyler Durden

    Take my moneyyyyyyyy

    • James

      Agreed dude! An android tablet with those specs :O amazing


      Do we know price?

      • michael arazan

        I think I saw it listed about $1800 on android central, or maybe 1200, it was a couple weeks ago when they broke this story, it was definitely priced like a laptop, but included the keyboard too. The tablet has android on it, and the keyboard has windows, that can hook up to a monitor as well

        • user311

          That’s something completely different. This keyboard isn’t removable.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i really, really want this. But i’ll seriously consider it after like 15 reviews to see if i’ll get RROD or something.

  • Tyler Casilio

    I’m guessing. pshoooo maybe $599. Maybe $579.99

    • NexusPhan69

      No chance. $1500 is closer to reality if I had to guess. That screen is a higher PPI than the Google Chrome Pixel!

      • She_Beast

        I would be absolutely astounded if this was below $1000. Even below $1200 would be fairly surprising.

  • Justin Foster

    And this is why Samsung is the leader of innovation. This is what I’ve personally been waiting for. The best of professional, business with the best of play and customization.

    • Mitch Joa

      This idea has been around for a while, it’s just that no one’s done it right. Hopefully this is as seamless as they say.

      • Justin Foster

        Yea, indeed. I know the idea’s been around but I mean in this way. I actually own a Samsung Note 10.1 and have a laptop with Windows 8. So I could possibly get rid of both devices with this. I wonder though. Can Windows 8 on tabs run all the same programs as Windows 8 on desktops? Including MMOs?

        • Mitch Joa

          It would depend on if Samsung uses Windows RT or the full Windows 8. The ATIV Tab 3 specified it runs a full version of Windows 8 and seeing as the ATIV Q runs on a Haswell chip, I’d imagine it also runs a full copy of Windows 8. I’m guessing it could run them, but a question of how well is certainly raised.

          • Justin Foster

            Oh man, thanks for the explanation. if it can’t run the full desktop version, that’s definitely a deal-breaker for me 🙁

          • Tyler Durden

            Uh yeah, Samsung said they were out of the RT game. They wouldn’t stack those specs with a sh*tty OS

          • Raidy

            RT runs off an ARM proc and the specs claim the Tab 3 is using an Atom (x86) proc. So it seems certain it is normal Win8, backing up their previous non-RT statements.

  • bkosh84

    No less than 650 dollars.

    • Mitch Joa

      $650 would be a steal and I’d pick it up in a heartbeat! I’m guessing pricing like the Surface Pro…

      • NexusPhan69

        Ya no kidding. Easily over a grand for this. I’d still consider it at a grand too. Compare it to the Chrome Pixel. This has a higher PPI and 128GB SSD. I’m thinking $1500.

      • joejoe5709

        Noooo for a lot of people this could potentially eliminate a light duty latop and an Android tablet. So take those two things, add the prices and subtract about 30-40%. Some where around $1399-1599 is likely.

    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah you expect an intel device to be cheap? and a screen resolution of that. Ha

  • Mitch Joa

    Really wondering if the ATIV Q will receive updates relatively quickly. It looks stock, but it does have S Pen support…that could be an upgrade breaker…

  • abc

    Android running on a 4th generation Intel Haswell Core i5 with w/HD4400 graphics…Oh my!

    Android w/Touchwiz is a stutter lag fest on the Galaxy S4, so I am incredibly curious to see how Samsung’s take of Android runs on a Haswell i5. Will there be lag?

    • Mitch Joa

      Looks like there might not even be Touchwiz!

  • EC8CH

    Wow an android tablet from samsung without the idiot button!

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    • J will

      A 13.3 inch tablet is impressive, however another large, 12-inch Android tablet also became available this week, the new model is the Icoo 12GT for $299 and features an impressive Retina-quality screen and Quad Core performance, along with Android 4.2.2, quality front and rear cameras, MicroSD storage, Google Play, and works with Miracast TV (like Apple AirPlay) – one of the first sites in the U.S. to offer the new Icoo 12GT model is T a bl e t S p r i n t

  • debonu

    Interesting… I wonder what the price point will be… $1,000?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Imo, it’d be worth it.

      • Tyler Durden

        Highest resolution, running dual OS, and Intel, yep, i’d pay whatever it cost.

  • Treknologist

    The Android OS looks pretty stock. Is that the case or am I seeing an optical illusion?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      from my experience with stock roms on the note 2 the spen never worked. So that part will indeed be interesting.

      • Tyler Durden

        Works perfectly for me.

      • Mitch Joa

        Really? That’s disappointing to hear…I was considering doing something like that with the Note 3…

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          i’m 100% sure after the Ativ Q is released and the devs get some code to play with, your note 3 will be all it can be.

        • Big_EZ

          It does work, not sure why he’s having issues. It works with touchwiz or AOSP based roms, but only the touchwiz roms have air view and their other features.

    • Mitch Joa

      looks stock to me, hopefully it’s stock just with added s pen support!

      • PhillipCun

        it wouldn’t be stock if it had s pen support, but it would be awesome…

        • Mitch Joa

          I suppose I should have clarified a little more. I just mean the only Samsung feature added on top is the S Pen support.

          • Timothy Sternig

            I really don’t see how your previous comment confused anyone. I totally got what you meant.

    • joejoe5709

      Mostly. Check out the hands-on with The Verge. At least it’s got software keys. It looks kinda goofy on that massive screen, but whaddayado.

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    I want!

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