ViewSonic to introduce dual-boot tablet with Android and Windows

Can’t decide whether you want your tablet computer to run Windows 7 or Google Android? It looks like ViewSonic may have you covered. According to TechRadar, the company is planning to launch a 10 inch slate PC with an Intel-based chipset that will be able to dual boot Windows and Android.

ViewSonic is also reprotedly working on a 7 inch Android tablet with 3G, WiFi, an accelerometer, USB port, Bluetooth, and assisted GPS. But that’s pretty much par for the course these days.

While a dual boot tablet will definitely stand out from the crowd, I kind of wonder who ViewSonic thinks the target audience for this sort of device is. I imagine there are plenty of people dying to get their hands on a high quality Android tablet capable of long battery life, a good web browsing experience, and the ability to run Android apps — but I have no idea if they’re the same people who really want a Windows tablet that can do many of the same things plus run native Windows applications (albeit, with a UI that was designed for a keyboard and mouse and most likely poorer battery performance).

What do you think? Is dual boot the way to go, or would you rather have a tablet that runs one operating system and runs it well?

  • Pfritzgerald

    I like dual boot machines, I get an emotional feeling that I have more computers. It also allows me to install more softwares, linux and windows. Mind you, I have been using wine on linux os to get some windows applications going.

  • FutureDesigner

    Have you some technical imagination ?

    It’s a real good idea if the tablets is powered by 2 independants processors : Atom for Windows and ARM for Android. The magic trick is here ! In this way only you can expect 10 hours of batterie in ARM use for a light tablet like iPad…

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  • Mosamjc

    @FutureDesigner That is the only way I see a dual booting android and windows machine being feasible. Currently, the market, and thus pretty much any advantage of running android, is lost when compiled and run on x86. I love both arm and x86 respectively–both are great at certain things–but they should be left to what they are good at and not cross compiled for the sake of novelty with no regard to actual utility.

  • Brianh32

    I think this is great. Sometimes Android is too little and Windows is too much.