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MicroMax LapTab takes on dual-booting tablet/laptop trend

The Indian company is making its US debut with the convertible tablet.

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LAS VEGAS -- Is dual-booting the next big thing for tablets? India-based company MicroMax thinks so, adding the LapTab hybrid laptop/tablet to the mix. The 10.1-inch tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android 4.1 and ships with an attachable Bluetooth keyboard.

The hybrid tablet packs a modest 1,280x800-pixel resolution, a dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It also houses a microSD card expansion slot and a variety of ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI.

Spec-wise, it isn't anything amazing. However, the ability to run both Android and Windows 8 is the LapTab's most appealing feature. While using the device, switching operating systems took more than a few seconds, and the transition didn't work as smoothly as the Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300, another CES 2014 dual-booting debut.

The MicroMax LapTab looks and weighs about the same as comparable devices, however its plastic body and smudge magnet screen give it a cheap feel. The touch screen was sometimes unresponsive, but otherwise it worked smoothly, running either Windows 8 or Android. MicroMax has yet to set a release date or price for the LapTab, but they expect the price to be somewhere between $400 and $500.

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