Can’t decide if you want a tablet that runs Android or Windows? Asus has you covered. An unannounced series of tablets passed through the FCC this week, and it looks like there are Windows-only, Android-only, and Dual OS versions.
These wouldn’t be the first tablets to dual-boot the operating system. But now that Intel’s latest Atom chips offer ARM-like battery life plus the ability to run full Windows desktop apps, these could be interesting machines to watch.
Details at the FCC are scarce — so it’s also possible that these tablets are ARM-based devices that run Windows RT rather than the full Windows 8.1 operating system. My guess is that’s not the case though — no company has released a dual-booting tablet with Windows RT yet, and it’s not clear if Microsoft would license the operating system for that type of device.
Here’s what we do know: the tablet will support 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and will come in at least three versions. The Asus M80T runs Windows, the Asus M81T runs Android, and the Asus M82T is a dual-boot model.
There are also models labeled L80T, L81T, L82T, R80T, R81T, and R82T. It’s not clear if these models will have more storage, different processors, or other changes. I suppose they could also be models with cellular capabilities, which means they’d most likely eventually show up in separate FCC documents.