Do you guys remember the Samsung ATIV Q? If you’re even remotely interested in the mobile market or if you’re a tech enthusiast, you probably do. However, in case you missed it, here’s the lowdown: on June 20th, during the London based Galaxy & ATIV event, Samsung introduced to the world an amazing piece of hardware – the Samsung ATIV Q – a dual OS convertible device.
Basically a tablet with an attached QWERTY slide-out keyboard, the ATIV Q was supposed to run both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 at the same time, without the need to reboot the device, which in itself is unique. Furthermore, Samsung announced that the ATIV Q would be powered by a new generation of Intel CPUs (Haswell) and feature a 13.3 inch screen with a mind-blowing 3200×1800 resolution, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, 256GB of storage (SSD) and other such goodies.
Unfortunately for those of us anxiously waiting to get out hands on the Samsung ATIV Q, it looks like the manufacturer has encountered some serious issues which could prevent the hybrid to ever see the light of day. Stay with us for more info.
According to the Korean press, the reason why we haven’t heard anything new about the ATIV Q is that the manufacturer has run into some serious patent issues related to the dual OS (Windows 8 / Android 4.2) system. According to the same source familiar with Samsung-internal state of affairs, the company is trying its best to overcome the situation but the odds are not looking good right now.
It has also been reported that Samsung has canceled all the pre-orders (probably the source means pre-orders made by retailers) and advertisements. We even checked Samsung’s official website, and even though the source code still mentions the ATIV Q in the HTML title tag, the device is nowhere to be seen on the page itself.
What do you make of it? Were you interested in buying the ATIV Q? Should Samsung go with either Windows or Android in order to get the device out (even though the Dual-OS thing was arguably its most important feature)? Let us know in the comments section.