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Samsung ATIV Q In Danger Of Being Canceled Due To Patent Issues?

by Vlad Andrici on August 23, 2013


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.

Samsung ATIV Q

Samsung ATIV Q


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.

samsung-ativ-q-title-tag

samsung-ativ-q-official-page

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.

Source: Naver

  • warcaster

    I bet it’s Microsoft the one forcing them to drop it. They’re too scared of seeing Android on PC’s too now, and they’re abusing their patents once again.

  • Diego-rbb-93

    Yeah man, I was extremly interested. In fact, I was between Sony Vaios Duo 13 or this one, and this one was the winner for Android and better screen.

    Damn… What a fail, Samsung…

  • Omegan

    I too was looking at this replace my laptop/ultrabook, with the bonus of having Android on a 13″ screen. I looked at the Sony Vaio Duo 13, but I didn’t like the hinge. Even with the special pricing leading up to back to school, I didn’t like it enough to pay the price they wanted for it. The S-Pen is awesome, I have it on my Galaxy Note 8, I was looking forward to trying it out with Photoshop on the bigger screen with QHD, and Android was a huge bonus. The only thing I would say was lacking was the option to have 8gb of ram (which may have happened if it had launched). 256gb SSD is perfect.

    Still waiting for Samsung to ‘fess up about what really happened, and I was very disappointed in them for not communicating with all the people who placed pre-orders, or were waiting for release date info.

  • sstainba

    Ummm… you don’t need to buy a special device to run android with windows… Samsung should just remove android. If you want android on your laptop, you can install the virtual machine yourself. It’s free. AndroidVM.org

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