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TEGA V2: Dual-boot Windows 7/ Android Tablet

The tablet space is hot currently, and those anxiously waiting for a good competitor for the iPad to appear generally fall into the Windows (s msft) or Android (s goog) camps. The folks at Tegatech in Australia understand that division, and have unveiled the first tablet designed to straddle the fence by shipping with Windows 7 while having an Android dual-boot option. The TEGA v2 is a refresh of the company’s original tablet, and it is improved all around.

The new TEGA v2 tablet has the Intel (s intc) Atom N455 (1.66 GHz) processor, 1 GB of memory (2 GB maximum) and solid-state disk (SSD) storage options of 16, 32 and 64GB. The 10.1-inch display is multi-touch (capacitive), and the overall size of the v2 is just slightly bigger than the iPad. The folks at Tegatech will be selling the TEGA v2 in the U.S. through an undisclosed partner; pricing and availability date have not been indicated.

Tegatech indicates on its website that Android 1.6 is currently supported, and that 2.1 and 2.2 will be released in the future. The ability to switch between Windows and Android may be a first. Windows 7 inclusion means the TEGA v2 will run any application for PCs, yet having Android should be easier on the battery (5 hours quoted on Windows).

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5 Responses to “TEGA V2: Dual-boot Windows 7/ Android Tablet”

  1. I have to admit, the more i think of it, the more i like the idea of having Android and Windows 7 running on the same Tablet device.
    With powerful specs like the Intel Atom N455, and 1 GB RAM, it should run Android like a dream. If it can give 5 hours with Windows 7, the battery life with Android should be much longer.
    And you always have the option to switch to Windows 7 for content creation, and other apps that can’t run on Android.

    The only let down is that newer Android versions are not optimized for Intel Atom, and so it will be launched with Android 1.6 ..

  2. David C

    The old Tablet PC concept is dead.

    Why did they need to put Windows 7 on it anyway? A desktop OS shoved and shoehorned into a touchscreen device.

    The world is turning towards multitouch enabled devices. But to do so successfully requires an OS designed for multitouch, and also apps designed for multitouch.

    Android is such an OS. Windows 7 is not.

    • There are a lot of enterprises that need Windows to run proprietary programs they’ve written for their business. I can see this tablet doing that, while the Android boot option gives a better tablet user experience. It will be interesting to see how well it is implemented.

  3. Seconded on the no pen!!! It’s not a tablet unless there is inking :)

    Also I’m not so sure android on an Atom processor will be as efficient on the battery since it wasn’t optimized for atom processors. From what I’ve seen of the android on Intel processors is that the it’s nearly working, but not quite there yet…