Samsung announces the Ativ Q, a tablet running both Windows 8 and Android

ATIV QAt an event in London on Thursday evening, Samsung publicly revealed the Galaxy S4 Mini, S4 Active and the S4 Zoom, three phones which had already been announced but never demonstrated to the world. In addition to these, it also expanded its Ativ range of Windows 8 products, and the most interesting of the new devices was the Ativ Q.

It’s a new convertible tablet, which means it has a clever hinge that sees the screen spring up and reveal a built-in keyboard, plus it can hold the screen horizontally or vertically too. These two-in-one devices are very popular right now, but the Ativ Q has another trick up its sleeve – it runs both Windows 8 and Android.

That’s right, without restarting the machine, you can flip between the full version of Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, giving you complete control over work and play, all on one device. You can even pin Android apps to the Windows home page, and swapping between the two operating systems is as easy as tapping a button.

Samsung hasn’t forgotten about the specs either, as the Ativ Q has a big 13.3-inch display, which boasts an amazing 3200 x 1300 pixel resolution. It’s powered by the new Haswell chip from Intel – a Core i5 – and has 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. All this means the Ativ Q is quite heavy, and it feels more like a laptop in your hand than a tablet.

Samsung hasn’t said when the Ativ Q will go on sale, nor has it said how much it will cost. Let’s hope it’s not too astronomical, as it’s a really exciting device.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars