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Asus to Unveil Dual-booting Windows and Android Tablet at Computex?

Earlier this week, Asus teased their upcoming Computex appearance by talking about “next transformations” and showing what appeared to be the outline of a new tablet and keyboard dock combo on video. Today, two new teasers give us a better hint, one that leads us to believe they have developed some sort of dual-booting tablet that can run both Windows 8 and Android. As you’ll see in the video below and the screenshot above, one water droplet is pulled into two, giving us logos for each separate OS.

There have been rumors of dual-booting Windows and Android tablets floating about for the last few months, so this move by Asus is not all that surprising. We are just wondering if anyone is interested. With the tablet and keyboard dock, plus what we would assume would be high-end specs, you could really have an all-in-one device here. Android tablet for fun, Windows tablet for work-related stuff.


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Via:  Android and Me


  • yes yes a million times yes, who wouldnt love to have the keyboard turn the android tablet into a window laptop?

  • Remember this mess with a dual boot win and ce tablet a few years back. They both sucked.

  • Ryan

    That is one thing that would get us to buy a tablet. Right now with a Nexus I see no reason for *us* to buy a tablet, but one that could dual boot when needed to do productivity stuff on the go would be nice.

  • Bionic

    Hmmm, very interesting, and im sure, very pricey. Windows license fee’s arent cheap.

  • Jared Lizano

    so will my prime get this compatibility?

  • Deleted. Answered in another comment.

  • wHyTeCoUnTrY

    I would definitely, DEFINITELY buy a dual booting tablet.

  • ericl5112

    The comment “All in one, no longer in one” says to me that it’s “no longer in one” or is more than one device, not a dual booting device. I dearly hope I’m wrong though. A dual booting machine is the only way Asus will get me back as a customer after the TF1.

  • AlexKCMO


    Ubuntu for Android…. seriously.

  • Meh. I dont think Ill be buying another Asus product. Have not been overjoyed by my Transformer Prime.

    • Bionic

      you’re probably the only person ive EVER heard say that

  • Nucking_Futz

    I would make love to this tablet’s anus…. and I would purchase and use it daily.

  • Viewsonic did this already.
    http://www.viewsonic.com/products/vpad10.htm I played with one never purchased but it ran decent.

  • jbon

    What whaaaa

  • I don’t understand about the “Windows for work stuff.” Doing work on a tablet is just as bad on Windows (if not worse) than it is on Android — especially if there’s an Office for Android. And lugging around a keyboard is a silly idea that is just around to make old people feel more comfortable with buying tablets; no one actually USES the keyboard, even the old people after they realize how much a keyboard defeats the purpose.

    So I see no value in a dual-booting tablet. Veto.

    • MKader17

      Keyboard is the only reason I have a tablet. Then again, I may not be the average tablet user but all the extra features and a netbook look and feel are the reasons I bought a Prime and Dock

    • subiedude85

      My keyboard almost always stays docked to my tf101. I find the keyboard highly functional and the added battery is a huge plus.

      • I dunno. My wife’s transformer has more than adequate battery, and she does quite a bit of reading and annotating on it. The keyboard just seems like a safety blanket…

        • subiedude85

          I cant argue with the safety blanket comment but I’m ok with wanting to feel extra secure.

  • Wow, game over if true. I’d buy today.

  • jerflash

    Yes Please take my money!!! I already Have the Transformer Prime…need another toy!!

  • First off – I won’t use Windows on my PC – why would I want it on a tablet? Yuck doesn’t even begin to describe my reaction.

    Also – Why would anyone want a desktop OS on a tablet? They are two different tools. Just because you can, does not mean you should. I think things like Ubuntu for Android on a phone makes sense where it’s plugged into desktop level displays and keyboards but running a desktop OS on phone or tablet directly will just be clunky and frustrating. If that’s what you need, just get a notebook (or ultrabook) and be much happier.

    I know Win 8 is supposed to be tablet compatible – but come on, this is M$ we are talking about. I’ve seen all of the beta’s and tried to use it. It sucks. It’s just the same Windows we all know and despise with a new annoying shell bolted to the start menu.

    • ddevito

      Win8 isn’t tablet compatible it’s designed as tablet-centric.

  • David Stender

    my guess would be a tablet that can run either Windows or Android……I dont know what personally someone else would want from MS other than Office which sounds like it will be here by the end of the year anyways….

  • Android gaming and ease of use along with Windows compatibility? Yes, please!

  • didn’t MS kill the ability to load anything but windows on win8 tabs?

    • This is a common mistake made due to the boot security. It can be disabled MS has added it for other purposes though. Too many people jumped the gun on how the BIOS would handle booting.

      • ericl5112

        I believe it’s only optional for Win 8, not Win RT. Meaning, this is likely an intel tablet.

        • The key is that secure boot does not in fact prevent you from loading anything else besides Windows.

          It’s an ASUS tablet. All they need to do is keep both Microsoft and Android keys in the firmware. Secure Boot requires matching certificates; if your Android loader is signed, and the certificates match the keys stored in the firmware, you’re qualified.

          • ericl5112

            Interesting. I hope Asus does this right. Win RT + ICS/JellyBean would be awesome. However, the way you put it sounds like it would be a sub-par experience for a certain portion of the android community. Would that affect root/roms for this device, since Asus presumably wouldn’t sign those flashed packages.

          • You definitely won’t be able to change the boot loader
            (and probably recovery) and replacing the kernel might also be out of question. It greatly depends on whether ASUS decides to go full secure boot or not.

            Naturally, the only part of the OS that actually must be secure and encrypted is the boot loader; the main idea behind UEFI secure boot was to get rid of bootloader hijacking where malware was loaded before the OS’s boot loader, and thus could perfectly hide itself. With boot loader being secure from that threat, everything past its startup is already under full control of the developers of the OS in question.

      • Thanks for the clarification Justin. When I heard a couple months ago that they had disabled the ability to dual boot it sounded asinine.

        I’m really on the fence about this device. On one hand I love simplicity and would prefer one OS and even ChromeOS. Unfortunately, right now to have maximum productivity and functionality dual booting is probably a necessary evil.

    • Read my response to ericl5112 below.

  • Static_prone

    I would part with whatever amount of funds to own this product

  • Al

    So how does this work do i put my money in the disc tray…no maybe my credit card in the us….no that dont fit…ah got nfc, tapping my gnex on the screen….no go…..why wont they take my money……

  • r0lct

    How about a tri-boot and throw some Chrome OS in there now that there’s a new version out?

    • Droidzilla

      I would so take an Android that could boot into Chrome OS when docked (though I hear Moto’s webtop 3.0 in their RAZR ICS build is off the hook, too).

  • I want to go to there.

  • Greyhame

    Thoughts?….. I’d buy this yesterday.

  • Tpreludesh

    If it truly is a dual boot of Windows 8 and Android, I am throwing my money at this on lauch date. I love the Windows 8 CP for my laptop at home and anything Android I have, so this is perfect for me while going to school to finish my degree so I don’t have to take my laptop with me everywhere.

  • Granpa

    Wow, hope it’s true. I don’t know if MS would go for this though. Didn’t they put something in Windows 8 where you could only boot Windows 8 on ARM?

    • Chuckers

      Why wouldn’t MS want more market share? Also its the Metro side of Windows 8 that is ARM-only.

      • Will the Windows version of Skype run on ARM? That’s just about the only reason I still need a traditional OS and can’t go full time with Android or ChromeOS. Thanks.

        • ericl5112

          Theoretically both. MS bought skype after all, they’d want it to be in all their OS’s. Even Windows Phone eventually.

          • Ah, good point. That slipped my mind. I remember hearing that they are even baking it into Office and XBOX. It would make since to bake it right into windows or at least make sure the app works on all versions. Thanks.

      • ericl5112

        Not true. Both Arm and x86 will run both metro and desktop. I’m running Windows 8 CP on my desktop. I see both desktop and metro sides of things. They’ve confirmed the same will be available for arm tablets. The caveat being, on ARM, you have the desktop interface, but no third party desktop apps.

    • r0lct

      Windows 8 RT is for ARM, the rest of the Windows editions are for x86

  • Dave

    Oh my…I think I would love to have a dual booting tablet with Android and Win8.

  • aholland1

    This. is mine if it’s true. Summer should be interesting between this and Nexus!

  • Jon

    This will be amazing!

  • mjv5117

    love asus, fell in love with my tf101 for taking note in class and such but the transfer into word doc. is kinda a pain sometimes. if i could dual run both OS i would buy this in a heartbeat. asus truly knows what the customer wants if this rumor is true

  • Bionicman

    as long as its price is not something outrageous like 800 freakn dollars. if they can keep it around the price of an asus transformer then it will definitely interest me…well specs have to be nice too hehe

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  • Speio

    When docked it runs windows, when undocked it runs android? Sort of how I see it working…

    • Jigga_Z

      I don’t think it’ll work that way. To dock and switch partitions wouldn’t be very efficient. I see the dock working as it normally does in either Windows or Android.

  • michael

    I would buy this. I think a windows tablet that can run my windows programs plus an android side that can run my android apps is the way to go.

  • Shup up and take my money!!!

  • DroidBulb

    Wow….WOW …just wow.

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Yet again, Asus is thinking outside the box. Nice

  • Need to hear more, but I am definitely interested

  • jvrcb17

    I would sell my PC to buy this. I’ve been wanting something similar for a long time

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Windowz? Windowz? Windowz blows… how about some Mac love as it is more inline with the Android experience than crummy Windowz.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      I think Steve Jobs would rise from the grave if they sold a dual boot Android/OS device.

      • Gonna work on that, I wanna see him so I have a chance to see his reaction to the huge sh*t the new regime took on his company.

    • Mac on a non-apple computer? Do you have a fever?

    • Kizipotamus

      Android and OSX dual booting = ultimate irony.

    • Downvoted into oblivion.

  • If it had a dedicated GPU (which it probably won’t) Then I would sell both my laptop and TF101 for one….

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      I agree. I wish it would run top end graphics. Likely won’t.

      If I could only play wow on a tablet…. I think my wife would divorce me.

  • yes please