Samsung reveals new ATIV tablets, including hybrid Android/Win8 design
We already knew much of what to expect from Samsung’s London event today so far as the Android story went, leaving us to wonder about some of the ATIV side of the company’s plans. Samsung came through with a number, ranging from laptops to all-in-one monitors, but our interest was focused on tablets: luckily, we got to see a couple of new ones.
The ATIV Q is a convertible tablet, going from laptop mode to a regular tablet layout, and everything in between. That duality continues with the software, as it pulls the neat trick of running both Windows 8 and Android, letting you jump back and forth between them – you can even pin Android apps to the Win8 homescreen.
Samsung has given the tablet one of the highest resolution screens you’ll see anywhere, with its 13.3-inch display coming in at 3200 x 1800. There’s also an S Pen for you stylus lovers.
The tablet is powered by an Intel Haswell chip, has a magnesium alloy body, and manages to squeeze its convertible hinge mechanism into a form just 13.9 millimeters thick, weighing about 2.8 pounds.
We also got to see the ATIV Tab 3, the company’s new pure Windows 8 tablet. This one has a 10.1-inch screen, runs Win 8 Pro (not RT), and also features an S pen. The tablet measures 8.2mm thick and weighs 1.2 pounds.