In its lecture held for Galaxy & ATIV on Thursday in London, Samsung unveiled a convertible laptop called ATIV Q and atypical named. To recap, the ATIV brand dedicated in Samsung products runs on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT.
Samsung, however, has slightly made something out of this framework with its ATIV Q, since this laptop is capable of running Android. Obviously, there is no question here of a multi-boot, which is too restrictive for the user and that would probably involve Chrome OS rather than Android. Samsung has actually developed an emulator capable of running the Jelly Bean 4.2.2 version of the mobile OS.
A simple shortcut that allows you to switch from one OS to another without waiting. It is even possible to share some files between the two systems, and select the files to be shared. Emulation requires some Android features that are conspicuously absent, like the notification center.
The ATIV Q has a touch screen capable of adopting different positions: in tablet mode when placed on the keyboard, in portable mode when it is raised, in standby mode or float mode with the ability of the screen to pivot about its hinge.
The originality comes from the remote hinge on a medium that contains the processor and some elements of connection. One trick that keeps the keyboard or the screen away from the heat dissipation. Concerning the use of this ATIV Q Touch, also note that Samsung includes its S-Pen in its new convertible.
Another feature of this ultrabook is its screen: IPS touchscreen 13.3-inch displays on 3200 x 1800 pixels, a resolution of 275 dpi. Apple’s Retina looks so overwhelmed by the technology of Samsung. This ATIV Q also has an accelerometer and a light sensor, while the hardware part consists of an Intel processor from the last generation of Haswell, 4GB of RAM and an SSD with a capacity of 128 GB. Connectivity available includes a USB 3.0 port, a second USB 2.0, micro-SD card, an HDMI output and an RJ45 port.
Measuring only 13.9 mm thick and weighing only 1.29 kg, this ATIV Q, according to Samsung, ensures a battery life of 9 hours. On the software side, Samsung introduced SideSync, an application that lets you use a smartphone brand as a second screen (the latter control with touchpad and ultrabook keyboard), then it becomes possible to switch between your laptop and your smartphone file via a simple drag and drop. Backup or copy-paste are other features added by this application.
Note that you can also do the reverse, operation called Virtual Phone, which is to use your PC screen to display your smartphone with the ability to adjust the size of it on your display. The ATIV Q is a convertible that will be marketed probably in the month of August at a price in excess of 1300 euros, without any other specific information from Samsung.