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.
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.
- 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.