At Samsung's event in London today, they took the lid off of two new Windows 8 tablets. One is very normal. The other is very weird. We're pretty excited about the weird one.
Samsung's most interesting tablet-type thing is a double-hybrid freak of a device. It has a keyboard that is connected by a rather versatile hinge. It can fold all the way flat against the back so you can use it as a straight up tablet, you can use it as a normal laptop, you can type with having the screen magically floating above your fingers, or you can use it as a stand.
But why is it a double-hybrid? Because it runs Windows 8 AND Android. I guess that's one way to solve the lack of good tablet apps in the Windows 8 ecosystem. The tablet can switch back and forth between modes, and while it won't share settings or apps, at least you can share files and folders back and forth. It will be running a full version of Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) with the Google Play Store and all.
The other highlight on the ATIV Q is the touchscreen. It's a 13.3 inch QHD+ display, which comes in at 3200 x 1800 pixels. At 275 pixels per inch that bests even the screen on the Google Chromebook Pixel (239 PPI).
The ATIV Q comes in at 13.9mm thick and weighs 1.39kg. That's pretty fat n' heavy for a tablet. But for a laptop-hybrid thing? Well, maybe that's not so bad. No word availability or pricing yet.
For those of you who aren't into mutants (racist...) there's also straight-up tablet on offer. The ATIV Tab 3 has a 10.1-inch screen, and runs, of course, Windows 8. At 8.2mm thick, it is, "the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet," and it weighs only 550g. Pretty good for a full-sized tablet, though definitely not as good as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. It also boasts a 10 hour battery life, which is rather sweet. The other big feature is Samsung's S Pen Stylus. Which is, y'know, fine.
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