Samsung Introduces Hybrid All-in-One Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2

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Samsung is set to introduce some new tablets and laptops, including one that works on both a Windows 8 and Android operating system simultaneously.

The company introduced the expansion to its Ativ PC line this week at a “Premiere” event in London. There, Samsung wowed the crowd gathered with Ativ Q. This is fully-functional laptop with a hinged monitor that turns it into a slim tablet. Perhaps the most interesting feature on the Ativ Q is its ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2.

If your business is constantly transferring files from smartphones to business computers, a machine that acts as both could be an answer to those problems. Ativ Q users can pin Apps from their Android system onto the Windows 8 Start screen and transferring files between the two systems is easy, according to an early review of the expanded Ativ line from

The Ativ Q also features the new Intel Haswell processor and a long battery life of nine hours. This hybrid laptop has a 13-inch display (serviceable for a laptop and impressive for a tablet), is just more than a half-inch thick and weighs less than three pounds, so it’s definitely portable.

One drawback to the Ativ Q comes when it’s being used a laptop. The keyboard does not have a trackpad. Instead, it uses a cursor nub and if it’s been awhile since you’ve used one, there could be some time adjusting to using the nub over a trackpad.

Samsung says its other introduction in the Ativ line, the Tab 3, is the “world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet” available, according to the review. It’s about one-third of an inch thick and weighs 1.21 pounds. The Tab 3 features a 10.1-inch display and the Intel Atom Z2760 processor inside.

In addition to those two new products, Samsung also introduced its Ativ Book 9 Plus and Lite laptops. Both feature a touchscreen display but the Lite version is also available with a non-touchscreen. The Lite, despite the name, is actually heavier than the Plus model.

Samsung did not announce release dates or prices for any of its new products at the recent “Premiere” event, according to

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

5 Reactions
  1. Martin Lindeskog

    Joshua: So what is a “floating” mobile device?! I remember using a cursor nub on a Toshiba laptop I had for three years during my studies at (1997-2000).

    I wonder what Apple will come up in the future?

  2. While very diverse, it seems like a perfect case of being a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Gotta give Samsung credit though, they’re trying new things.

  3. Wat is the price ? When I can get it in Malaysia?

  4. I love Samsung but this is a big all the other ATIVE devices.. why would anyone want to quickly jump to android when they are in windows 8? to make simple web browsing more complicated?

    Best in market is YOGA 11s i5