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Samsung unveils the ATIV Book Q convertible ultrabook

The new convertible runs both Windows 8 and Android and allows for seamless switching between the two

Without a doubt, convertibles are where we are seeing the most innovation among all mobile devices. Each new product is offering us more options in more creative designs, and taking the idea of a convertible tablet/ultrabook one step farther.

The Samsung ATIV Q doesn't really break any new ground in terms of design, but it does bring together some of the best features of two top convertibles that came out earlier this year. The form is somewhere between the Sony Vaio Duo 13 and the Acer R7. The slim, light design (0.55 inches and 2.84 pounds), always exposed screen and active digitizer stylus all take after the Sony model, while the screen hinge is very similar to the Acer (though it trades off the full laptop form in favor of a truly flat tablet configuration).

The real innovation Samsung has brought here is the ability to run both Android and Windows 8 simultaneously (As opposed to rebooting to switch between them as we've seen in some other convertibles like the Ekoore Python S3). The Q even makes it possible to add Android app links onto the Windows 8 start screen and neatly solves the problem of the lack of apps in Windows.

The new convertible also features a 13.3-inch qHD+ 3200 x 1800 display that Samsung claims is bright enough to comfortably view in direct sunlight, 9 hours of battery life, and an Intel Haswell processor. Unconfirmed rumors claim the processor is a Core i5 4200U, and that the convertible has 4 GB RAM, a 128 GB SSD, an HD camera, 802.11n wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port.

The Ativ Q is expected to go on sale in Europe in the coming weeks for 1500 Euros (US$1982). Prices and availability for other countries have not yet been announced.


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Craig Munro, 2013-06-20 (Update: 2021-05-18)