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Windows 8 and Android on one tablet: Samsung unveils Ativ Q hybrid

ITProPortal was at Earls Court in London on Thursday evening to see Samsung unveil two new, Windows-8 powered tablets, the Ativ Q and Ativ Tab 3.

The innovative, dual-OS Ativ Q is a convertible device that will allow users to tap into Windows 8 or Android 4.2.2, switchig seamlessly between the two and even pin Android apps to the Windows 8 start screen.

"Users will not only get access to Android apps via Google Play but will also be able to transfer files to share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android, truly marrying the mobile and PC experiences," Samsung said.

The tablet includes a 13.3in touch screen with a 3,200 x 1,800 display, which Samsung said offers 2.8 times higher pixel density (275ppi) than full HD displays. Samsung also promised easy viewing in sunlight.

The Ativ Q has a hinge design for four modes: lay it flat over the keyboard for tablet mode; raise the display upright to reveal the keyboard underneath so that it functions like a laptop; float and adjust the display to view at an angle; or flip the display to place in the stand mode to watch movies.

The gadget comes in at 13.9mm thick and weighs just under 3 pounds. It runs an Intel Core i5 processor and Intel HD Graphics 4400, has 4GB DDR3L, a 128GB SSD, a 720p HD camera, and up to 9 hours of battery life. It will come in black.

The Ativ Tab 3, meanwhile, is the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet, Samsung said, at just 8.2mm thick.

The 10.1in Ativ Tab 3 features a 1,366 x 768 display, and sports the popular Galaxy design. There's an S Pen included, which will be compatible with Microsoft Office. The Windows 8-based Ativ Tab 3 will come pre-loaded with Office Home & Student, and can run Windows apps and programs.

Like the Ativ Q, the Tab 3 (above) also includes an S Pen. Both devices also include SideSync, allowing users to sync activity with their Android-based Samsung smartphones.

"Simply use the PC keyboard to respond to a text on a mobile phone; view maps on a larger screen, display photos and videos on both devices to make editing files even easier; or use an Ativ PC to back up and charge mobile devices," Samsung said.

The Ativ Tab 3 runs an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, has 2GB LPDDR2, 64GB of eMMC, a 720p HD camera, and up to 10 hours of battery life. It weighs about 1.2 pounds and will come in white.

"Busy lives demand convenience, and the convertible nature of these tablets delivers the versatility, mobility and adaptability consumers should expect from personal computing today," DJ Lee, Samsung's marketing chief, said in a statement. "These tablets are the result of people-centric innovation, and they were designed to provide consumers the flexibility to manage their digital lives on their terms whether they are in the office, at home or on the go."