Pressure from Google and Microsoft might stop big-name manufacturers like Asus from building dual-boot devices. Smaller Chinese OEMs, like Pipo, couldn’t care less.
Pipo just introduced a new Atom-powered Windows 2-in-1 last month, and now they’re adding another new device to their line-up. This time it’s a 10.1-inch tablet powered by a 14nm Intel Core M processor, and it does, in fact, dual-boot both Windows 8.1 and Android. It’s expected to retail for ¥2500, which is about $399.
Apart from its 10.1-inch display and the M-5Y10C chip, Pipo’s latest also features a generous 4GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s a single USB 3.0 port and SD card slot for expansion, a dock connector for a click-in keyboard. A separate power plug means one more hole in the casing, but also slightly speedier charging.
One rather important detail you might notice in AndroidPC’s photo is the tablet’s activation status. It doesn’t look like this particular device has been activated, and that could mean that you’re going to have to purchase your own product key within 30 days if you want to keep using Windows — bumping the price up pretty significantly.
It’s become a fairly common practice for these OEMs to install a ‘trial’ version, as look for ways to shave a few bucks off larger devices that don’t qualify for a free Windows license from Microsoft.