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Old June 20th, 2013, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Specs are pretty impressive with an Intel fourth-generation Haswell Core i5 processor (placed inside the hinge) and a dazzling 13.3in screen with a huge 3200x1800 resolution – that’s a pixel density of 275ppi.


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It's a hybrid device, transforming from a Windows 8 slate into a fully-fledged laptop in one quick motion. That's not all, though -- at the tap of an icon it'll boot into Android Jelly Bean, letting you swipe around all of your favorite apps from the Google Play store.


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One unusual feature is that the CPU is embedded in the hinge strut at the back instead of under the keyboard. This lends the Ativ Q a stiffness we wouldn’t otherwise have expected from such a lightweight laptop. The strut also hosts a USB 3 port and Micro-HDMI output on the left-hand side and a microSD slot on the right.


Tech Radar
The design of the Samsung Ativ Q is impressive: with a 13.3-inch screen, it certainly feels more laptop than tablet, but the superbly high resolution display (QHD 3200x1800, which equates to a 275ppi) means that you'll be more than impressed whether you're checking out Windows 8 (the full-fat version, not the confusing Windows RT some users will have encountered) or Android 4.2.2.


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Flipping between Windows and Android is effortless, with an onscreen tile on the desktop OS and a launch app on Google's mobile interface. We particularly liked the ability to transplant apps from the Android menu to our Windows tile collection: there's a shortcut above the app menu when you select something from it. Dropping it on top will install it to Windows 8's Modern UI, and when we tapped to launch within Windows, it went straight into the app. There's no need to switch to Android in between.


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It's the interaction between the operating systems that's particularly clever. The ATIV Q boots into Windows 8, but you can launch full Android 4.2.2 from the Start Screen, including access to Google Play. It runs full-screen immediately and looks and acts exactly like an Android tablet. However, from inside Android you can access your files and documents created on Windows 8 and vice versa. When in Android you can even choose apps to pin to the Windows 8 Start Screen


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Samsung quoted 12 hours on the Samsung ATIV Q, which is pretty standard and in line with Apple's offering of the MacBook Air but we'll be bringing you more on that once we've had a longer time to test in our full review.


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The display is optimized for use in bright sunlight and it even comes with the Samsung S Pen and is set to be released later this year, but at the time of writing no information has been provided about availability or pricing.


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The dual-OS functionality is what you'd expect: Android runs in a VM on top of Windows 8. Networking, storage and CPUs are all virtualized resources. Virtualization is the only way to enable Samsung's instant switching between Windows 8/Android on a single set of hardware. The switching process itself is pretty quick as Android is treated like another application running on Windows 8. Performance within Android seemed good enough, the UI wasn't butter smooth however. I'm not all that sure about the benefits of running Android on top of full blown Windows 8, but the option is there. There's even a dedicated key on the keyboard to switch between OSes.


Digital Trends
Where Asus’s Transformer Book has dual CPU’s – one to power each operating system – the Ativ Q uses one, a new Intel Haswell Core i5 chip. In the short time we had to test out Windows 8, it performed well, with silky smooth scrolling and speedily opened apps. While Microsoft’s OS was pleasurable to use, Android stuttered slightly, and it never felt as polished as Windows.


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Samsung ATIV Q vs Microsoft Surface Pro
The Ativ has insane resolution: 3200 x 1800, packing 275 pixels per inch (PPI). That's 178 percent more pixels than the Surface Pro's smaller 1080p display. Hell, it's even 41 percent more pixels than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. This thing is ridiculously sharp.


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Video playbackis where the ATIV Q really shines, though, thanks in a large part to the beautiful ultra high-resolution display, which is on top of that very bight, as we mentioned, with high contrast ratio and excellent viewing angles. About the only thing you can't do with the ATIV Q is watching 4K Ultra HD movies in native resolution, though you can get just a few tens of pixels shy of that experience, and the footage is of simply a breathtaking detail when you stream 4K YouTube clips. (Also a video review at the end of the written review)


Tom's Hardware
The Samsung ATIV Q will retail for $1500, which does seem a little pricey for the specifications on offer, but you do have to take into account that the super-high resolution screen does factor a lot into the price. The ATIV Q will be available soon, and is expected to be in stores late July or early August. (also video)

Mobile & Phone
Samsung ATIV Q is a really evolutionary device that will favorable by many users who have an interest in such a hybrid device. You get to have a tablet and a laptop computer, a Windows 8 plus Android OS all in one. The ATIV Q has one of the most impressive displays on the market, at least when it comes to resolution and outdoor visibility. Why carrying a tablet and a laptop when you can have them on a single device.


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I was going to add the Christian Science Monitor until I read that they said it has a 20.3 megapixel camera. I almost fell out of my chair. Seems that they misread the sources (The Guardian.co.uk) info and did not realize that the Guardia was also mentioning the Galaxy NX camera. I sent them a note to correct it, but who knows if they will.

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One of the first reviews for the Samsung ATIV Q

Phone Arena: Samsung ATIV Q (Written) Review

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I was also looking at the Q's competitor the Sony Duo 13 and noticed that mobile tech review just uploaded their review and video.
I'll be honest, The Duo looks good and I may place it back on my list besides the Q. Its not a dual OS but maybe put on bluestacks on it and run Android. Certainly with more ram than the Q and I may not notice. lol
Still I will wait till mobile tech review does the Q in a review.

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One of the first reviews for the Samsung ATIV Q

Phone Arena: Samsung ATIV Q (Written) Review

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I was also looking at the Q's competitor the Sony Duo 13 and noticed that mobile tech review just uploaded their review and video.
I'll be honest, The Duo looks good and I may place it back on my list besides the Q. Its not a dual OS but maybe put on bluestacks on it and run Android. Certainly with more ram than the Q and I may not notice. lol
Still I will wait till mobile tech review does the Q in a review.

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The review of the Q on phonearena is awful. It didn't even show how it switches back and forth from Android, which is the biggest selling point!...LOL.

I'm keeping my eye on the Sony as well. Thing is, I may just wait for the 2nd gen of these laptops, so they can really work out the kinks and get it right the 2nd time around. The 4GB RAM on the Q scares me a 'bit. Considering the Note 3 is going to have 3GB RAM, I'm just wondering why they'd feel it'd be okay with only 4GB?...Especially on a device that they could market as a laptop replacement.
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i guess after a few complaints, they updated their video to include more info lol

also to note is that they are claiming that out of the 4GB ram, 1.5 is for Android and 2.5 for Windows which the ratio is changeable with a slider.

Then out of the available space in the system, 16GB is for Android.

In the video switching seem fast and both in the write up as well as in the video
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i guess after a few complaints, they updated their video to include more info lol

also to note is that they are claiming that out of the 4GB ram, 1.5 is for Android and 2.5 for Windows which the ratio is changeable with a slider.

Then out of the available space in the system, 16GB is for Android.

In the video switching seem fast and both in the write up as well as in the video
Eek...that makes it even worse. Interchanging 8gb of RAM w/ a slider, would've made it a homerun.

Storage partition is kinda weird. Amount lines up with Samsung's typical standard, but would that mean if I saved a movie on the partition for Windows, it wouldn't be seen when using Android? Or would the Windows storage partition act like an "external" sd, so Android would recognize SD (e.g. internal storage partition for Android), ExternalSD (e.g. Windows storage partition), and ExternalSD2 (e.g. microSD card)?

-EDIT- Where's the revised video? I just watched the one on youtube and everything seems the same to me. I didn't see any interaction of him changing from windows 8 to android.
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Odd, seems that they took down the video.

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Odd, seems that they took down the video.

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They have another up. Its at the end of the written review. I added the link and also a first look from Tom's Hardware in the OP.
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Two other videos, both of which show how the screen looks in a bright lit room.

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from German site TechHiveDe
This one is really in a very bright lit room, you can see the viewing angles and what the screen looks like with a lot of sunlight.


Both give you an idea of how much visibility will be reduced out in direct sunlight due to the device glossy glass screen, it is still readable compared to other devices I've seen due to the higher resolution.

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