Samsung Introduces Hybrid All-in-One Running Windows 8 and Android 4.2

Samsung is set to introduce some new tablets and laptops, including one that works on both a Windows 8 and Android operating system simultaneously.

The company introduced the expansion to its Ativ PC line this week at a “Premiere” event in London. There, Samsung wowed the crowd gathered with Ativ Q. This is fully-functional laptop with a hinged monitor that turns it into a slim tablet. Perhaps the most interesting feature on the Ativ Q is its ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2.

If your business is constantly transferring files from smartphones to business computers, a machine that acts as both could be an answer to those problems. Ativ Q users can pin Apps from their Android system onto the Windows 8 Start screen and transferring files between the two systems is easy, according to an early review of the expanded Ativ line from

The Ativ Q also features the new Intel Haswell processor and a long battery life of nine hours. This hybrid laptop has a 13-inch display (serviceable for a laptop and impressive for a tablet), is just more than a half-inch thick and weighs less than three pounds, so it’s definitely portable.

One drawback to the Ativ Q comes when it’s being used a laptop. The keyboard does not have a trackpad. Instead, it uses a cursor nub and if it’s been awhile since you’ve used one, there could be some time adjusting to using the nub over a trackpad.

Samsung says its other introduction in the Ativ line, the Tab 3, is the “world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet” available, according to the review. It’s about one-third of an inch thick and weighs 1.21 pounds. The Tab 3 features a 10.1-inch display and the Intel Atom Z2760 processor inside.

In addition to those two new products, Samsung also introduced its Ativ Book 9 Plus and Lite laptops. Both feature a touchscreen display but the Lite version is also available with a non-touchscreen. The Lite, despite the name, is actually heavier than the Plus model.

Samsung did not announce release dates or prices for any of its new products at the recent “Premiere” event, according to

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Microsoft to Launch Surface All-in-One PC This Quarter: Report

Microsoft to Launch Surface All-in-One PC This Quarter: Report


  • Microsoft Surface all-in-one PC expected this quarter
  • The overall AIO market has been shrinking
  • New Surface Book launch has reportedly been delayed till first half of 2017

Microsoft is reportedly working on an all-in-one (AIO) PC under its Surface brand. The new Surface AIO PC is expected be unveiled in the third quarter of 2016. The Redmond-based company is also expected to delay the launch of the second generation Surface Book to the first half of 2017.

Digitimes reports that the second-generation Surface Book unveiling has been shifted from the second half of 2016 to first half 2017 due to delay in CPU shipments by Intel. Microsoft is therefore launching the Surface AIO PC as a consolation of sorts.

The report cites this information using anonymous industry sources who also claim that “the Surface AIO PC will have a strong impact on the global AIO PC market, which has been diminishing amid declining demand for PC products”. The Digitimes Research also sees global shipments of AIO PCs drop to 12.6 million units in 2016, as compared to 14 million last year.

On Thursday, Microsoft announced the launch of 1TB Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 variants in 10 new markets. Interested buyers in Australia, Austria, China, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom can now purchase the devices from Microsoft Stores, participating partner retailers, and authorised resellers. The Surface Book has not yet been launched in the Indian market.

Microsoft is also expected to launch the Windows 10 Anniversary update for all its device platforms on August 2. All those who have Windows 10 pre-installed will get the update for free, but those who have older versions, will have to pay $119 (around Rs. 8,000) to upgrade.

Tags: Intel, Laptops, Microsoft, PCs, Suface Book, Surface all-in-one PC