Samsung Ativ Q hands-on review

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One of Samsung’s new Ativ devices is the Ativ Q, a hybrid tablet and laptop running both Windows 8 and Android.

The convertible PC can flip, fold and transform into different modes like Lenovo’s IdeaPad Yoga. Samsung calls them ‘tablet’, ‘typing’, ‘stand’ and ‘floating’. The first two are self-explanatory while the others mean you can have the screen flipped right over to face the other way or at various different angles between this and being docked with the keyboard.

There’s not enough room for a trackpad but a touchscreen pretty much negates the need for this anyway.

The Ativ Q is reasonably thin at 13.6mm but is a lot heavier than a typical tablet at 1.29kg – usual for a hybrid, though. You can pick it up but you wouldn’t want to hold it one handed for long.

Specs are pretty impressive with an Intel fourth-generation Haswell Core i5 processor (placed inside the hinge) and a dazzling 13.3in screen with a huge 3200×1800 resolution – that’s a pixel density of 275ppi.

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