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Dual OS tablet by Asus swings through the FCC, runs Android 4.4 and Windows

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Dual OS tablet by Asus swings through the FCC, runs Android 4.4 and Windows
Asus is no stranger to the concept of building devices meant to work with more than one operating system. Earlier this year, for example, we got the chance to play with the Transformer Book Trio which was built to run both Android and Windows 8. And from the looks of it, there's more dual OS hardware in the company's future. Or at least that's the assumption we made today after discovering a new Asus slate at the FCC – a slate seemingly capable of booting into both Android 4.4 and Windows 8. 

The tablet in question is listed under multiple model names. These are M82T, L82T, and R82T, and as much as we wish it wasn't so, we have no idea what makes each variant different from the rest. Hardware-wise, component model names listed in the FCC filing show that an Intel Atom "Bay Trail" CPU is powering this particular tablet, either the Z3740 or the Z3770. A 3910mAh battery is present as well, along with 32 or 64GB of storage. Screen size and resolution aren't being mentioned, but judging by the tablet's physical size, we're probably looking at a 7-incher. If our guess is correct, then we might be looking at the first brand-name dual OS tablet of this caliber. 

But wait, there's more! This Asus tablet is listed under six other model names, including M80T, L80T, and R80T, which are attached to a Windows-only variant, as well as M81T, L81T, and R81T, which are supposed to be Android-only versions of the device. Again, we have hardly any clue as to what the differences between these models are.

If any of these Asus tablets are meant to see the light of day, then we might get to see them in a month's time during CES.  

source: FCC

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:22 2

1. ajac09 (Posts: 1482; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Be amazing! Good way to get people to try windows devices without giving up what they love.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:25

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Yea, I would be careful buying Asus anything right now. Their drivers aren't really the best and they don't seem to have a good grasp of optimization for mobile platforms right now. Trying new and innovative stuff is great and all, but at least figure it out properly before selling it to consumers.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:33 1

3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

All they do well is high end motherboards.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 08:38

4. Sakeem (Posts: 611; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)

Hopefully one of those variants is an 8 inch or 10 model. Looking forward to more news on this.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 11:53

5. renz4 (Posts: 319; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)

so will this need rebooting each time you want to change OS or you can switch between the two seamlessly without the need to rebooting the device?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 16:41

6. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Honestly...I think for a better user experience and stability...I hope you do have to reboot.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 22:51

7. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

On the fly virtualization.

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