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ASUS Tablets That Dual Boots Android and Windows Spotted at the FCC

When it comes to Android tablets, ASUS has had a lot of success. Its Transformer series was one of the most popular Android tablet lineups before Google decided to launch the Nexus 7, which was also made by ASUS. Today, a line of new ASUS tablets were spotted heading through the FCC to get their certification, one of which looked like it was capable of running Android alongside Windows.

Three different tablet model numbers were listed under the Dual OS category: M82T, L82T, and R82T. The FCC filing lists there being a 32 and 64GB variant of this tablet, but we can’t be sure what separates the three model numbers from each other. A 3,910mAh battery is listed on board for this tablet as well as a front and rear camera. The filing does not list much other than that, but with CES only a few weeks away, we might not have to wait long to see the rest.

Does a dual-booting tablet interest you? Still interested in a possible Nexus 10 refresh instead?

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Via: Phone Arena
  • nteract

    David Snively
    I recently bought a
    Asus TF300 10.1″ Tablet with 32GB Memory and Keyboard Dock.
    What a piece of junk… After only 90 days it will not charge and they want $212 to fix…Are they kidding…. Please never buy ASUS

  • Full x86 with Android + their optional keyboard dock + a haswell processor (low powered model, not the graphics intense one) = bought by me on the very first day of release. It would actually give the MBA line a run for it’s money.

  • Cowboydroid

    Not interested in Windows.

    Waiting for Asus to release a refresh of their Transformer line, at a lower price point. But it’s been a while. I bought the original, but that Nvidia processor just isn’t up to snuff.

    • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

      you are interested in water because you are thirsty

      • Cowboydroid

        Or maybe I just want to go swimming…

        • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

          no dont lie to yourself i know you are thirsty

  • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

    droid life you are thirsty

  • j

    Still hoping that MS will be able to deliver an OS that TRULY works or transitions SEAMLESSLY between mobile and full fledged desktop modes, since they’re the only people even trying. Kinda sad that people would still just rather have win8 and android on a dual boot tablet with zero integration between the two.. shows how badly MS’s offering really is?

    • Cowboydroid

      It’s pointless. There simply isn’t a use market for an OS that transitions like so. It’s the applications that are written for either desktop or mobile. Desktop applications, especially ones that run through the web, are slowly taking on a mobile nature, but for more technical or professional applications, there simply isn’t any demand for making them run on mobile. I’m not going to use most desktop applications without a mouse and keyboard, because it simply isn’t feasible otherwise.

  • rotard

    the transformer trio has been announced for a little while and is a dual booting but i believe the tab portion can only boot android and when docked can boot both since the i5 or cpu is within the dock.
    I just got the t100 windows tab from asus- light and functional. As a student i wanted a tablet but saw no productivity in it at all running android. Windows8 tab solved the issue- a very mediocre experience in tablet form but can run all the basic word, ppt, excel i need for class while also running nice programs like vlc player. The experience overall though is terrible as a tablet- i like the experience and ability of android- but not with the drawbacks i would see in school use. but for 300 bucks for 64gb on sale, 380 normally, with included dock. new baytrail processor, only 2gb of ram but with 10ish hours of battery. quality is beyond what i expected for 300 bucks

  • T4rd

    I won’t buy anything Asus anymore. I was burned pretty bad on the TF300. The tablet and dock broke multiple times and each time Asus refused to pay shipping ($20+) and took 3-4 weeks to get it back. I’ve consistantly read bad CS stories about them on hardware forums that I frequent too. Their PC parts are great, but you’re pretty much SOL if they break as they’ll do whatever they can to deny your RMA.

    • Andre

      just curious, was it within or outside warranty? I sent out my TF101 twice for RMA within warranty and I didn’t pay a dime for it

      • T4rd

        It was within warranty. They stonewalled me every time I asked them to cover shipping despite it having to be repaired three times. It didn’t help that we barely understood each other since they were Indian.

        • Andre

          Damn that sucks. either their service has gone down within the past 3 years or I just got lucky. I hope I don’t have to do RMA on my T100 now ….

  • dazz1996

    Asus transformer trio 3 in 1 tablet, laptop, and desktop that’s my next tech.

  • Jon Youngblood

    I hope the price is right… I’ve been waiting for these to be released. Dual Boot is a perfect solution for me!

  • Daistaar

    Where’s KleenDroid when you need him?!

    • Menger40

      This must not be amazing enough.

  • Stephen De La Rosa

    Interested if it’s a 8 inch tablet. I like the Dell Venue Pro 8 but Windows ecosystem still has a long way to go. Having access to the Play Store on the same device would be great!

  • Balthazar_B

    Frankly, would be more interesting if it dual booted Chrome OS and Android. Just sayin’.

  • KG

    Isn’t that what the Samsung ATIV Q was supposed to do and ran into a legal mess with the whole dual-booting idea and never released?? Was really excited about it too…

  • David Mann

    I would love to see an Android VM running under Windows that can be arranged in a paned (multi-window) mode. Best of both worlds!

  • chris_johns

    This is actually what i been asking for since tablets first came out…i wasnt gonna get an android tablet unless it replaced a laptop…this is what i always wanted but im content with my og n7…this would be great though if it ran full windows 8 and you can have a laptop that can turn into an android tablet on the fly…thad be a great device…as long as it was powerful enough youd prob need a dedicated processor for android and a one for windows

    • DoctorJB

      Android has been compiled for x86 CPUs (additionally Win8 has been compiled for ARM but noone but MS is going to be using it after the Surface RT fiasco). Only one CPU (likely Bay Trail) will be needed.

  • Prox

    The Baytrail-T processor in this tablet has the ability to run full Windows 8.1 and Android. I would consider this tablet if I am able to extend my desktop in Windows 8.1 and utilize a USB Keyboard and Mouse.

    • 32GB is not enough to run Windows 8 effectively, however. That is more the tell of it being Windows RT than the processor. But who knows, maybe the third unknown model is a Pro version…

      • Adrynalyne

        That is a good point.

      • DoctorJB

        Most of the new Bay Trail win8 tablets have 32gb variants.

        • Adrynalyne

          So the OS takes up virtually the whole thing. Thats not very useful.

          • DoctorJB

            Just point your steam install to the 64GB UHS-1 microSD you picked up for $35. I remember having a netbook with a 8gb SSD, you find a way to make do.

  • BuckNut23

    Battery size is similar to the Nexus 7, meaning a smaller tablet I’m assuming. I feel like these should be larger (10 inches or bigger) if they are going to dual boot to windows and be usable in any sense.

  • Intellectua1

    Now I’ve never understood the reason for a tablet (besides using them as a control center for everything in the house) but this is something I’d buy dual boot Windows and Android now they just need to up the gigs to maybe 200gb minimum.. Oh yea only problem is its missing an IR Blaster

    • Sambit Rayginale Willkonson

      i never understood you young man

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    Probably another ASUS device that will be announced, but take years to make it to the market, then have terrible QC.

  • I am intrigued. If it runs Windwows RT, then not so much – which it likely does.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      RT is great. On par with the rest of tablets.

      • Let’s say I agree with you. I still don’t need two mobile OS’s. I need full Windows 8 to run specific applications, and I need Android to run specific mobile apps. Windows RT does not support the applications I need. So if it duel boots to Windows RT, no matter how awesome RT it is, I am not interested.

        • Adrynalyne

          Right. No need to dual boot two mobile OSes. If its full Windows, I will be buying it.

          • michael arazan

            There is a laptop/ tablet from a couple months ago that runs android on the tablet and full windows in the keyboard part that will run windows on the tablet or be plugged into a separate monitor and I think I saw the price around $1200 though. Would rather pay 1200 for a dual purpose than a single laptop. I forgot who made it though.

          • Anon Yser

            the device you’re thinking of is the Asus Transformer Book Trio

      • JBartcaps

        Lol, no

      • Adrynalyne

        For it to be on par with the rest of tablets, it would need the app ecosystem of the rest of tablets.

        Nope, nope, nope, and….nope.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          To be fair, it’s ahead of other tablets in app ecosystem – compared to where they were when out for a year.

          • Adrynalyne

            When tabs started coming out, Android and Apple were already established in the market and those apps worked on tablets. At least I think they did with iOS. For certain with Android. The tabs came years after the phones did, and they tapped into the existing ecosystem.

          • Jeremy Turnley

            I seem to remember that experience very differently than you.

            Apple had next to no iPad apps at launch, and even a year later only a small number of things were iPad native – they could, of course, run iPhone apps in the horrible x2 mode, but there were few apps worth doing so with. I got my OG iPad in December of 2010, and after 8 months of development I had barely a dozen apps that were worth using on it over using the iPhone version. The original hardware was a very anemic performer in a bad form factor, and it really took the iPad 2 the next year, and a few months of success before the iPad established itself as a must-have product and development really took off.

            Android’s first go with Tablets was a dismal experience app-wise even a couple years after launch as well. It wasn’t until ICS started to be rolled out in early 2012 (nearly 2 years after the launch of the Xoom) that developers started taking the Android tablet market seriously, and it really took Jelly Bean to make the platform take off – that’s why it was released in Q2 rather than Q4 like every other Android update.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yep, definitely a different memory because:

            1. phone apps works on Android tablets therefore the ecosystem was there (whether tablet specific or not) and
            2. I said I wasn’t sure with the iPad.

            The ONLY reason RT has as many apps as it does it because they also can easily be made to work on Windows 8 and vice-versa. If there was no Windows Phone and no Windows 8, the RT ecosystem would be even more abysmal than it is now.

            They should have just stuck with Windows 8 on tabs.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      From earlier reports, it’ll be a dockable slate. When it’s in slate mode, it runs Android on an ARM CPU. When you dock it, you can either keep using Android, or swap over to Windows 8.1 that runs on a separate Intel CPU in the keyboard section at will.

      • Wasn’t that done before by someone? like HP or something… not that I’m complaining about condensing my Nexus 7 and Surface pro into one device

        • Adrynalyne

          Sounds pretty gimmicky.