The year 2013 was a critical year, as far as the coming of dual boot machines in the market. We're talking about one single device that dual boots Windows and Android. Asus had managed to stunned consumers with the coming of high-end dual boot machines last year
Both traditional and smart phone players seem interested in bringing affordable devices with dual boot capability. The idea of running two operating systems has a positive connotation. We knew how awful is running Windows 8 OS, and on the other hand Android is taking world by storm.
Thus launching a dual boot machine is a win-win situation for traditional PC vendors, especially, in an environment like these.
However, PC manufacturers are not alone in this race. Many smart phone makers like India's very own Micromax had announced a dual boot tablet dubbed LapTab at this year's CES.
According to a report by PTI, Micromax seems interested in bringing the LapTab into India next month. Moreover, the tablet is expected to be priced under Rs. 30,000 in the retail market. The company aims to sell as many as 100,000 units of the device in India.
Talking about the highlighted specs, the Micromax Lap Tab incorporates a 10.1-inch IPS display having a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels.
The devices comes with a 1.46GHz Intel Celeron N2805 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. There's a front and rear-facing 2MP rear-facing cameras.
The makers have added a 7,400mAh battery inside. Other connectivity features include: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and A-GPS, among other features.
The tech vendor will offer a wireless keyboard with built-in embedded keyboard at an extra cost.
There's no doubt that Micromax is doing really well in the smartphone business in the low-to-mid end segment. However, it's too early to comment on the success of a tablet that would cost users around $500 or Rs. 30,000.
Meanwhile, GizBot has prepared a list of top 5 competitive tablets/notebooks which can give touch competition to Micromax LapTab. Take a look!
Asking price – Rs. 35,990
Powerful, Sophisticated, Reliable.......these three words truly redefine Apple iPad Air. The device is all about experience, and power to own a truly revolutionary product. Available in Space Grey and Silver color, the iPad Air is stuffed with Apple's powerful mobile chipset (A7-64-bit). The 9.7-inch gorgeous Retina Display comes with better than expected resolution. There's a 5MP rear-facing camera too. The 16GB variant of Apple iPad Air starts at Rs. 35,990.
Asking price – Rs 19,990
Are we living in age of transition? It seems so, if one asked to look at a notebook featuring Android out of the box. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powered Lenovo made notebook has finally hit India. The notebook offers a 10-inch high quality display alongside full keyboard. The device is already available in India for Rs. 19,000.
Asking price – Rs. 22,000
In late last year, Google and Acer finally unleashed the Chromebook C720 in India. Chromebooks are different from Windows or Android notebooks for that matter. They look like a normal laptop, but actually supported by Google's Chrome OS. In terms of hardware, the Ace Chromebook C720 have decent specs, if not great. A well made notebook for housewives and students.
Asking price – TBA
Apart from Micromax, India's very own Xolo was also present at the CES. The Xolo Win is the first gen tablet from the house of Xolo (an arm of Lava International). The tablet offers a 10-inch display, 1GHz AMD processor, 2GB of RAM and dual cameras. The device runs the Windows 8.1 OS. If you are primarily looking for a Windows tablet, the Xolo Win could be an option in front of you. The tablet will hit Indian market in the coming days to come.
Asking price- Rs. 24,990
Acer's Iconia W3 was not less than a disaster. The tablet was panned by critics and consumers alike due to underwhelming hardware and hefty retail price. This year PC manufacturer Acer has once again come with a Windows 8.1 tablet with better hardware and affordable price. The 8.1-inch tablet is now available in India.