Ever wanted to use Android apps on a Windows 8 tablet? Well, whoever you are, now you can. Samsung today announced a new tablet called the ATIV Q, a dual-mode tablet/notebook that can run both Android and Windows 8 apps.
Samsung is trying to marry Android and Windows on the ATIV Q by letting users work with both operating systems on the same device. You can transfer files and folders between the two OSes on the tablet. Users can switch between the two operating systems without having to reboot the device.
The ATIV Q will run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 alongside Windows 8 and has four functional modes, depending on how you position the device vis-a-vis its fold out stand that hides a keyboard under the tablet.
Here’s how Samsung describes the four modes of the ATIV Q:
Lay the display flat over the keyboard for tablet mode. Raise the display upright to type just like a laptop. Float and adjust the display to a comfortable viewing angle. Or flip the display to place in the stand mode to watch movies with ease.
As a standalone tablet, the ATIV Q would be about the biggest on the market, with a 13.3-inch screen featuring an impressive 3200×1800 pixel display.
Samsung also released a straight Windows 8 tablet, the ATIV 3, that ships with its own S Pen stylus. It is thin at 8.2 millimeters and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen.