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LapTab, a dual-boot Android Windows 8 tablet to launch at CES

by David Needle

January 6 2014

The Android and Windows LapTab shown with optional keyboard.
The Android and Windows LapTab shown with optional keyboard.

Later tonight Micromax, India’s second largest smartphone maker will debut LapTab, touted as the first dual-boot Windows and Android tablet.

LAS VEGAS - Limited details are available ahead of the product being shown Monday night at Digital Experience, a press event at CES here. The LapTab will run Windows and Android 4.4 (KitKat) and be available early next month. 

The new tablet with a 10.1-inch IPS display and 2MP front-facing camera, will run the latest Intel “Bay Trail-M” processor and, the company says, will run for 20+ hours of media consumption. An optional customized keyboard will also be available.

However the dual-boot description seems to be a misnomer as the two mobile operating systems won’t apparently be available at the same time so you could, for example toggle from one to the other.

“...users would need to simply reboot the device and select the alternate option to switch from Windows to Android and vice versa,” the company said.

Rahul Sharma, Co-Founder of Micromax claims the LapTab addresses a  demand in the market for multi-OS tablets and there have been reports that several other vendors plan to offer that feature in new tablets. 

"Over the past few years, we have been witnessing a growing trend of increasing consumer demand for two operating systems in one device, which offers a blend of great PC like productivity in a tablet like form factor for seamless consumption," said Sharma.

Clearly, the company has some big marketing plans, singing X-Men star Hugh Jackman as its "brand ambassador".

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