BY KHOR SOW YEE
Samsung today unveiled two new Windows 8 tablets, the Ativ Q and Tab 3, both of which feature a multitude of form factors and extremely thin and light frames, as well as the ability to run Android apps.
"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," said DJ Lee, Samsung IT & mobile communications division's sales and marketing office head and president.
Dubbed the convertible tablet, the 1.29kg and 13.9mm thin Ativ Q's innovative hinge - which also happens to be where the CPU is located - allows it to transform into four functional modes.
What this means is that you can 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 videos with ease.
The Ativ Q also allows users to experience both Windows 8 and Android (Jellybean 4.2.2) seamlessly on the same device, access Android apps via Google Play, and transfer or share folders and files from Windows 8 to Android and vice versa.
According to Samsung the convertible tablet boasts the world's highest resolution 13.3in touchscreen - the QHD+ (3,200 x1,800-pixels) display has 2.8x higher pixel density (275ppi) than standard full HD displays.
The screen is able to auto detect its environment and automatically adjust brightness in indoor and outdoor settings, as well as allow it to be viewable in direct sunlight.
Feel the power
Samsung calls it a tablet with the power of a PC - the Ativ Tab 3 is the world's thinnest Windows 8 tablet at only 8.2 millimeters thick and 550g in weight, up to 10 hours of battery life and comes bundled with Office Home & Student.
It also boasts improved S Pen functionality, including compatibility with Office apps. Both the Ativ Q and Tab 3 come with S-Pen functionality.
Another feature available on both tablets is SideSync, which as the name implies enables users to switch from working on their PC to an Android-based Samsung smartphone with simplicity and ease, essentially "merging" the user's PC and mobile device into one.
In the demos, Samsung used a PC keyboard to respond to a text on a mobile phone; displayed photos and videos on both devices to make editing files even easier, and used an Ativ PC to back up and charge mobile devices.