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ASUS video hints of a possible dual booting Windows/Android tablet

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ASUS video hints of a possible dual booting Windows/Android tablet
A few days ago, ASUS released a video that teased an upcoming tablet that seems to be an addition to its Transformer line. The Transformer tablets can dock into a QWERTY keyboard and the video invited the viewer to join ASUS as it announces "the truly incredible next transformations". The manufacturer's next video was released on Thursday in advance of an announcement set for June 4th at Computex. Considering the message of the new video, that announcement could be very interesting indeed.

The video shows a drop of water that splits into two. One has the Windows Phone logo inside the drop while the other houses the Android logo. The tag line is "All-in-one" is no longer in one and the entire presentation suggests a dual booting tablet that can open either the Windows or the Android platform depending on which one you choose. We obviously will know more about this on June 4th, so stay tuned.

source: YouTube via Phandroid

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posted on 31 May 2012, 20:42 12

1. Suts_97 (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 May 2012)


Awesome! If this is true, it's gonna be the best tablet ever, c'mon, take my money!

posted on 31 May 2012, 23:23 2

13. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


what if your money's not enough? *dreams crushed* lol.
i hope there's a cheap RT Version and an x86 Version... the x86 one may be 1000 dollars or more.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 02:47 2

19. PhoneLuver (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Is that Windows phone or Windows 8? I sincerely hope it's Windows 8.
I don't see the point of having WP on a tablet.

posted on 31 May 2012, 20:58 5

2. hung2900 (Posts: 715; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


If this is true, shut up and take my money!
Even Samsung releases a superior Galaxy Note 10.1, I still buy Asus's tablet. I have a tf101 and it's great.

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:11 4

3. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i dont really see the point of it booting both… the only reason would be to use android apps, but windows appears to provide a better workplace/flow.. i hope there is some sort of internal file system between the two because otherwise there would be no point in booting into the other if all your files are on one-- if there is no lag then i guess why not, but i would not take this over an efficient windows tablet

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:14 6

5. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


Android is better, is open source and you can customize whole thing, not to mention you can have in windows on arm only 1 browser, but Microsoft will never allowed to product with 2 systems or even posibility to install another system on their Windows device
on android with root you can browse every file, even system files

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:21 1

7. Lucas777 (Posts: 2121; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i know u can browse files with android… but if those files to not transfer over to the windows counterpart, which is easily the more working part, then it is pointless… and so what if microsoft doesnt allow more than one internet browser? ie is fine on the tablet, and its not like you are going to switch into android just to use a seperate browser… the main issue here is not if android is better, but that these two oses will not cohere on one device and switching between the two will be ugly and a mess… if asus finds a way to integrate the file systems (which i dont think is possible) then it would be alright

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 04:19 1

21. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


I read on xda article that microsoft will not alowed to instal other oses on WARM devices, so it is hope when you buy android tablet that you can install only pirated windows, I like to have freedom and do or install whatever i want not whatever ms will let me, app base for windows will be funny at start like 60 and that's it. Interet explorer is slow, on android with the same soc and screen browser is 2-3 times faster and I mean THE SAME cpu/gpu/ram/resolution and so on! On pc IE suck too, on my 7 months old laptop with i5, IE with every update is about 5 times slower from firefox/chrome/opera, and to be funny I have like 7-8 years old laptop on Pentium M and in java benchmark sunspider IE has 9000ms (lower=better) and firefox has 600ms so exactly 15 times better! and even nokia N8 can beat that with 8000ms and that's 1,5 year old phone with very slow cpu

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 11:01 2

27. Tux4g63 (Posts: 114; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


I think this concept has been around for a while, and maybe to me it coincides with the release of Intel's Orange chipset for mobile devices. In theory an x86 processor that is highly energy efficient would be able to run both Windows natively and boot into Android if MS has worked out the kinks so far.

The way I see it, one device could be used to realistically replace 2. Along the lines of Asus releasing tablets with full keyboard/connectivity options/extended battery life docks this makes sense if the price is right.

On the one hand you have a fully functional Laptop, when connected to the dock, that runs windows. On the other hand you have a fully functioning Android tablet that is portable and should have outstanding battery life. In a sense, the best of both worlds that would make sense ONLY if the price reflects the balance between the two.

If this is more than $1,000 retail, it is a hard sell to pitch to a market niche as a replacement for 2 devices. Currently you can buy a high end Android tablet for $500 and a very decent Windows laptop for $500.

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:27 3

8. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


It would be a pain in the ass if you need to boot one at the time. and I dont see a way they could work together so easy

posted on 31 May 2012, 22:07 4

11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


maybe, windows 8 won't have any restriction on browsing system files. Maybe, just like browsing windows 7, you will just need some authentication such as password and username to access other files. If that is what will happen why not? Let's not forget that it is windows 8 not WP7.5 which lacks file browser.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 04:21 1

23. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


too late M$ allready announced restrictions, i read article on xda, you can find it read and never buy it

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 00:45 1

15. johnmayfieldjr (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 May 2012)


It would be great to see the both operating together instead of booting separately. Using the windows for files and navigation, keeping things organized with an android system in the background. Perhaps this is the message the ad was getting across. Whatever it may be im in, thowing the money like everyone else.

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:11 4

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


am I the only one to think this is not such a great idea? at least not on a tablet

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:19 4

6. hung2900 (Posts: 715; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I am using a dual-boot tf101 ith ICS and Ubuntu. Android is suitable for entertainment only, not for other purposes. And Windows is better than Ubuntu, of course.

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:45 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


what you mean by "other purposes"

posted on 31 May 2012, 21:36 8

9. BattleBrat (Posts: 890; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


*Repeatedly throws wallet at computer monitor * c'mon TAKE IT!! TAKE MY MONEY!!!!!

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 04:17 2

20. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


Just throw it at me! :D

posted on 31 May 2012, 22:24 2

12. VJo003 (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Nice
One for work & one for play
The best of both worlds :)

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 02:13 1

18. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


true that. although i think xbox live will perform well too on the tablet, if the marketplace will be flooded with newer and better games.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 00:07 2

14. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Lol why even bother putting Android, eww..
its like Aids, it will spread the malware, spyware, lags to Windows.

No thanks Asus, I will be waiting for Nokia, Toshiba, Sony.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 00:53 2

17. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


No OS is malware proof.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 00:52 1

16. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Two for the price of one pretty much, that sound real good.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 04:20 1

22. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


I would love to have both on my Tablet,
In my opinion both are Awesome OS's,
And i tried Windows 8 and its Pretty Good for Tablets
and that with Android is a dream come true.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 05:42 1

24. VJo003 (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)


Without going too much into the... What, how, but if..., if not... Etc
The thought is what needs to be encouraged
For the technicalities.... It's Asus' headache to put it together

The only idea that's bad is the one that's nit pursued

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 06:16 1

25. steelicon (Posts: 308; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


1. Netvertible swivel keyboard (1366x768);
2. Windows 8 + Android 4.0 (virtual machine);
3. Windows 8 boot only;
4. Android 4.0 boot only;
5. Affordable.

Make it so.

posted on 01 Jun 2012, 06:27 1

26. a961009 (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


If this is true, I will let Asus to take my money. This is awesome!! I hope Windows8 and Android 4.1......

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 02:48 1

28. Suts_97 (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I hope a smartphone is made with the same idea as well!

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