Samsung Ativ Q: Windows 8 and Android hybrid laptop

“Samsung has just announced one of its latest laptops: the Ativ Q. It dual-boots Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8 in a 13.3-inch device with a super high-resolution display running at 3200 x 1800. Samsung has bundled in its S Pen stylus in a magnesium device. It looks like Acer’s Aspire R7, but it’s .55 inches and 2.84 pounds so it feels a lot lighter. The Ativ Q has a unique feature that lets it switch to Android from within Windows 8. It appears to be an application that virtualizes the Android experience, with an app pinned to the Windows 8 Start Screen that launches straight into Android. It runs fullscreen, but it’s not usable it you try to snap it to the side and continue using a Windows 8 app.” Do these dual-operating system things ever sell? It does illustrate how Windows OEMs are struggling with the fact that people don’t want Windows 8 – they have to tack Android on there to lure people.


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