Running both Android 4.2.2 and Windows 8.1, the latest dual-boot device hails from India.
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We heard rumors that dual-boot devices were coming to International CES, and it's now confirmed. Today, Indian tablet manufacturer Micromax is showing the world its LapTab. Running both Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" and Windows 8, this hybrid laptop/tablet offers consumers the best of both worlds, running desktop apps with Windows, and mobile apps with Android.
- 1.46 GHz Intel Celeron processor (64-bit, Bay Trail)
- Runs Android 4.2.2, Windows 8
- 10.1" 1280 x 800 IPS Display
- 2GB RAM
- 7400mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi
- Wireless, 230mAh keyboard with stand
With a 1.46 Ghz Intel Celeron N2805 processor under the hood, the LapTab can run 64-bit desktop apps despite a somewhat pared-down spec list. Micromax has crammed in enough power to make its LapTab work as a mobile media platform, though the screen's resolution does top out at 1280 x 800 pixels.
The dock functions much like the Microsoft Surface's type cover, though this one is wireless. Unlike the Surface's keyboard, Micromax's keyboard adds a tablet stand—which is necessary for propping up the device.
The rest of the specs aren't exciting, but the possibilities of dual-boot operating systems are: Devices running desktop and mobile operating systems should be able to call upon the entire inventory of compatible programs and apps. Users wouldn't have to compromise with—for example—reader apps for document editing: they'd simply run the programs they're most comfortable with on one device.
With laptop sales in decline, it's no surprise to see hardware manufacturers introduce new concepts, hoping to breathe new life into the category. By consolidating app accessibility, consumers are the big winners here. With flexible designs like this, they're no longer confined to one app ecosystem in spite of another.