Samsung’s ATIV Q tablet – the hybrid device that runs both Windows 8 as well as Android – emerged as one of the more promising devices of the summer when we saw Samsung introduce it back in June. As we waited patiently for its release, however, a rumor arrived claiming that some patent issue had come to Samsung’s attention that was threatening to derail the ATIV Q’s release, and that there was even the possibility Samsung might shelve the product entirely. Since then, we’ve been anxiously awaiting any sort of update, hoping to learn of the tablet’s ultimate fate. We still don’t have any kind of official statement, but some new comments attributed to Samsung may help at least give us a window for when we might expect the ATIV Q to finally arrive.
Apparently, Samsung’s been telling people that the ATIV Q will not be shipping in 2013. This news comes form a German site, so we’re not yet clear if that’s talking just about a European launch or global plans, but in either case it doesn’t sound like very good news.
We don’t even get any sort of open-ended stab at when the release might occur; this does nothing to quell rumors of that straight-up cancellation.
So, leave that ATIV Q off your Christmas list this year, and keep your fingers crossed that it’s ever going to launch at all.