Asus Transformer Boot Duet TD300 tablet/laptopIntel shows how the Asus Transformer Boot Duet TD300 tablet/laptop -- introduced this week -- switches between Windows 8.1 and Android at the chipmaker's booth at CES.
This is a Asus Duet 300, this is the brand new product that was just announced last night. Asus said it's probably gonna go on sale in the U.S. somewhere around the second quarter of this year-- it's the middle of the year-- slightly earlier in Asia and Europe. Now, what is key about here is this is running both Windows-- a full version of Windows 8.1 and Android on the same device with rapid switching. Now, you may have seen in the past-- six months ago-- so they had dual boot devices where you could boot up to one, then log all the way out and then boot in to the other OS, this actually has a [unk]. So, what I'm going to show you here-- we're in the Windows desktop and I'm gonna switch right over to Android-- you can do that one of two ways on these devices-- there's a harder key here, there's also a softer key here. If I touch this key, it will say 'Change to Android' in about three-and-a-half seconds. It switches over and boom-- on the Android. And this is Android Jellybean, it's a full version. [unk] Google Play Store, Google Apps-- everything's there. Now, if I wanna take this off and use it as a tablet-- of course, it becomes an Android tablet-- portrait and landscape mode. But as importantly, unlike before, you can also use it as a Windows tablet without shutting down. So, I can OS switch again, change to Windows in tablet mode and now I've got my Windows 8.1 tablet-- full version of Windows, Office and whatever you need to run.