Samsung ATIV Q Hands-On by MobileGeeks

Posted on 20 June 2013 by

Samsung ATIV Q hands-on

We’ve just picked up one of the first hands-on with the new Samsung ATIV Q, the crazy dual-os, QHD+ Hybrid. (Previous info) Mobilegeeks were at the launch event and bring us this report…

You’ll see a demo of the Android feature – “The fastest Android experience on the planet” – and some of the usage modes.

There’s a content sharing demo that shows how a camera image instantly appears in the Android gallery. That’s powerful. We’re still yet to find out how that Android system is working (virtual machines?) but for the time being, enjoy this great overview and demo from Mobilegeeks.

Mobilegeeks reports that the keyboard is good, on first impressions, and you’ll see that there’s no touchpad. There’s an S-Pen included, with garage.

Samsung ATIV Q hands-on side 1

We’ve updates the Samsung ATIV Q specifications here.

Via Mobilegeeks.com

  • me

    I can’t tell but I hope the trackpoint isn’t an optical one.

    How easy does the display open up? I wouldn’t want it flopping open while using it as a tablet. The screen angle isn’t adjustable it seems which is a downside.

    Not sure how useful Android is as a virtual machine when you have a full desktop OS.

    Interesting device although it’s too big for casual tablet use.

    • Looks like an optical trackpoint to me from the video. Good ones can be really good after some practice.
      Agree, too heavy for casual tablet use. That starts at about 60% the weight of this!

  • Cristi

    Great presentation and what a great device. I have just one question. Does it have GPS? And does the GPS work with google maps/android apps?

  • sarig

    If this has wacom it’s really interesting…

  • Morgan G

    I am hoping this will be able to handle Photoshop cs6, would be an excellent portable on trips

  • DavidC1

    sarig :
    If this has wacom it’s really interesting…

    Samsung’s S Pen is Wacom.

  • Javier

    The ATIV Q, already is listed in Spain in “wholesale distributors” i put it in brackets since i´m not sure if this is the correct term in english (have used an online dictionary). The good news is that first units are expected to arrive, first week of july (earlier than expected), and the not so good news is that the prize will be 1400-1500€ (no surprises here i guess).

    Oh well….. life is short….. I´ll order the ATIV as soon as it becomes available ; ). Great hardware (unmatched resolution for example) and amazing functionality.

    Regards

    • hkckoo

      listed in Germany for 1599€

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  • Touko

    When I first saw this, I thought it was something of a hybrid between Sony’s new Duo 13 and Acer’s R7.

    However, this unit shares the inability to adjust the display angle in laptop mode with Sony’s Duo 13.

    So basically, you got a tablet compromised by weight and a laptop compromised in that you can’t adjust the display angle to be comfortable with whatever your seating position is.

    Every hybrid I’ve seen so far, I’d rather buy a real laptop and a real tablet to go with it. That has the added benefit that if one should die, you can still use the other.

    I think the Yoga and the Taichi come really close, but when mainly viewed as laptops, they still can’t compete with Samsung’s series 9 or the Lenovo X1 Carbon.

  • krybar

    What I’d like to see with such a system is the ability for Android apps, with their greater choice, quality and acceptance within the user base, to replace the functionality of Windows 8 Metro apps in many of their most attractive respects (snapping, for example).

    Rather the weird Frankenstein monster this current Ativ Q threatens to be, such a device would present a true synergy between the best elements of both OSes.

    Also, regarding the slider form factor: One of the great advantages of this form factor is that it brings the touchscreen right up close to your face and your fingers, allowing you to use to the fullest the multi-faceted computing style offered by the slider device, while increasing immersion and precision with those dainty hybrid screen sizes (imagine what this does for the Vaio Duo 11).

    All in all, if you’re even remotely intrigued by these sliders, do give one a try in the flesh before passing up the chance to buy one entirely.

  • krybar

    Forgot to say, near-zero screen wobble on touch is another winner.

    There are too many hidden benefits to call to mind easily; just try one and see!

    • hkckoo

      no 802.11ac, no 3G, not backlit, battery cant be replaced(?), only 256GB SSD (max) and 4GB RAM. no USB 3.0(?) and also only one USB 2,0? looks amazing, I like the processor and dual OS option, but generally.. nope.

  • waris

    How does this compare to the Asus Transformer Book Trio?

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