Much to Microsoft’s chagrin, Intel is definitely embracing Android. There’s probably no better example of that than the Asus Transformer Book Duet, a hybrid laptop and tablet that can run both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2. This isn’t a clunky dual-boot situation though: Tap one button and you switch between the two operating systems.
I spent some time chatting with the Intel folks on Tuesday morning about this solution and they provided a short demonstration of the technology using the new Asus device, which launches in the U.S. in the second quarter.
The implementation of running both operating systems isn’t bad, although there’s a small delay during the OS switch. I also didn’t see any integration between the two: I don’t think you’ll get Android notifications when working in Windows, for example. That could change between now and time of availability of course.
Note that this was also a tricked out model: A top of the line Core i7 chip, 128 GB of flash in the tablet and a 1 TB hard-drive in the keyboard dock. Asus says you’ll be able to get a base model for as low as $599 with 1366 x 768 screen and Core i3.
I’m still not sold that the Dual OS approach will “save” the PC industry. However, it shows promise as a transition step for consumers that live in both the PC and tablet world. More importantly, it illustrates that after missing the early mobile revolution, Intel recognizes that its sole view of the world won’t beF through Windows.