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The Ativ brand, which Samsung is trying to associate with Windows 8 the way Galaxy is linked to Android, got a few new tablets today — including one that runs both Android and Windows.

ATIV Q (5)

Samsung is the most successful Android device maker, but that doesn’t mean the company doesn’t have time for the newest mobile OS out there: Windows 8. At an event in London on Thursday, Samsung introduced a Windows 8 tablet and a half-tablet-half-laptop under its Ativ brand that’s a true hybrid device: it can run Android apps as well as Windows 8 software.

The Ativ Q, a tablet/laptop sporting a 13.3-inch touchscreen, has a hinge that lets it contort into four different formations using its built-in keyboard. The display is something Samsung is calling “QHD+.” Its pixel density of 275 pixels per inch is almost three times better than other full HD displays, Samsung says.

The Ativ Q will come with Android 4.2.2 installed and users will be able to download Google Play apps and transfer and share files between the two OSes. The processor inside is an Intel Core i5.

Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses

Galaxy NX camera with interchangeable lenses


The smaller Ativ Tab 3 has the same body as the Galaxy Tab but run Windows 8; there’s no Android bonus on this one. It has a 10-inch display, an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, and comes with a battery that should last 10 hours.

The event wasn’t all Ativ all the time, however: Samsung also unveiled a new 20.3 megapixel camera called the Galaxy NX. It runs Android 4.2 but is a camera not a phone; it’s intended for people who want to constantly be connected to the web so they can share their photos immediately. There’s a 3G and 4G connection options inside for that.

Some specs:
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Advanced Hybrid Auto Focus System
  • 1/6000 second shutter speed
  • Shoots at 8.6 frames per second
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0
  • And includes many standard Android apps

For full details on the camera, see Samsung’s release.

  1. Samsung also promised 32 GB and 64 GB Galaxy S4s. But all we have seen in the U.S. are 16 GB internal memory phones with half of that memory taken up by system software. The 64 GB external memory? I intended to use that for video storage. 8 GB is insufficient for both my music and apps. It ends up being a $600 device that is worse than an iPod Nano. That is pathetic.

    So, Samsung announcements leave me cold. Show me the specs for what they will actually sell in the U.S., not the specs for what South Koreans are getting.

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  2. @kit, what could anyone possibly need that much data storage for with LTE speeds, cheap data plans and cloud based networks? There really isn’t much demand for memory anymore unless we find ourselves severely capped with data usage. If the security is there, I’d prefer using a cloud account to store everything I used. This is strictly speaking cellphones.

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    1. Cheap data plans? What world do you live in? I’d say for people that actually want to use their devices, they are very severely capped with data usage, at least in the US. I don’t know what data plans costs in other parts of the world.

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  3. The tablet looks like something I’d be interested in. I hope its easy to upgrade to a 256GB or 512GB.

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