5 smartphones and tablets that sing the awkward tale of dual-booting Android & Windows devices

5 smartphones and tablets that sing the awkward tale of dual-booting Android & Windows devices
If technological websites such as ours make up a fair share of your daily reading, you may remember a bunch of manufacturers, most notably ASUS and Huawei, announcing smartphones and tablet hybrids that freely booted into Android and Windows. They seemed very promising, but for reasons that mostly have to do with Google and Microsoft politely telling its technological partners to hold off launching dual boot devices... or else, products like the ASUS Transformer Book V and the unnamed Huawei smartphone never saw the light of day. 

While that concluded the short history of dual boot mobile devices for the rest of 2014, 2015 is up for a change. Strong-headed Chinese manufacturers got their hands on Intel's Atom chips, then they happily took the open-source Android and the Windows that Microsoft gives away, and made what they do best - cheap tablets, now booting into Android and Windows 8.

Before you consider crawling your favorite Chinese reseller website for dual boot tablets, why not have a glimpse at five essential dual-booting devices? Most of them should have come out last year, but either didn't, or showed up in a much different form.

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8 Comments

1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I could see W10 being successful via dual boot when you feel a bit "worn out" of using android.

2. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

And i could see this dream never become true as may Android or WP lock the phones from booting to other OSes and even if not why anyone would want that since it will eat up all your memory 32gig of internal storage and you may only have 12gig free or with WP pro only 4to1gig free.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android is the free and open OS, where as Windows is the closed, and locked down OS. When you can already boot Android and full Linux (Ubuntu) side by side on some devices. Not to mention the countless Roms for Android, and none for Windows Phone. The rest of the world already knows which OS is closed, locked down, and packed with restrictions.

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Whatever happened to the samsung dual boot one that had the clever adjustable screen angles?

4. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

Elephone's dual-boot smartphone: 2k screen, 4GB of RAM & Battery: 3800mAh with dual supported OS. Yes, I want this f*cking phone badly.

5. avmitking

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

Have you forgotten Samsung Ativ Q? I still remember it & think it is commercially available.

6. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

It was never released, same as the Asus.

7. mostafa_abdelrazak

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2015

Try teclast x98 air 3g

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