I’ve always been impressed by computers that embrace multi-functionality, like Asus Transformer Book Trio
(which runs Windows 8 and Android on separate chipsets) and the Acer R7 (which has a unique ‘ezel’ hinge allowing it to be used at many different angles and modes). Samsung’s Ativ Q
, announced last week, may be the most impressive realisation of that concept in a long time, boasting the flexibility of the R7 combined with the dual OS setup of the Transformer Book Trio.
So, where to begin? The Samsung Ativ Q is a dual-booting device that runs Windows 8 and a virtualised instance of Android 4.2.2 (which can be swapped to with a button). The device’s hinge allows it to act as a traditional tablet or laptop, as well as floating above the keyboard or rotating all the way back to serve as a vertical stand.
This flexibility is backed with some seriously impressive hardware. The highlight is the 13.3″ display, which hits a mouthwatering 3200 x 1800 resolution – even higher resolution than incredibly expensive professional 30″ desktop monitors, which are 2560 x 1600.
That’ll be great with Windows 8.1, which supports 200% scaling for the first time. Of course, if you’re having trouble with touch at such a high resolution you can always use the bundled S Pen, which makes an appearance from Samsung’s Note series of phablets and tablets.
The rest of the hardware is competent, if not amazing. There’s an Intel Core i5 Haswell processor (which should be capable of 9 hours of battery life), 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 128 GB SSD (plus micro SD). Ports are fairly good too, with USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and HDMI all available.
I’m really excited about the prospect of the Samsung Ativ Q, and I can’t wait to see a review of the device.What do you make of it – a cool contraption or just too complex? Let us know in the comments below!