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  • wallisweaver wallisweaver Mar 16, 2013 6:41 PM Flag

    Dual Booting of Windows 8 and Android

    [In his latest article, Ashraf talks about Intel's dual booting of both Windows 8 and Android. See excerpt below. I agree that this gives Intel a huge competitive advantage. From the opinions of other posters addressing this subject, it appears that there is already some consensus on this...]

    Can You Say, "True Hybrid"?

    Intel very recently released a patch for Android 4.2.2 (the latest version) that allows for dual booting of Windows 8 and Android - on the same device! The potential here for a true hybrid - Windows 8 or Android whenever you need one or the other - is actually quite exciting and is a competitive advantage that none of the ARM (ARMH) vendors have. Sure, there is Windows RT (for ARM), but it does not support legacy applications and is therefore unsuitable to take the role of a Windows 8 productivity device.

    So, imagine this - ASUS, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, and others can now release tablets based on Intel's upcoming "Bay Trail" (brand new, 4 core, 22nm Atom) silicon that make perfectly good, super thin Android tablets for when the user wants to use it as a tablet, but then when the user wants a full Windows 8 productivity machine, he/she need simply to attach a keyboard (like the ASUS Transformer) and get to using it exactly as a Windows 8 laptop.

    The value proposition here is absolutely huge, and I hope that the OEMs and ODMs come out with sensible, high quality designs that actually sell. If they can really take advantage of this then Intel and the non-Apple (AAPL) tablet/PC vendors could gain a real upper hand in 2H 2013, when "Bay Trail" and "Haswell" will be readily available in the market. Intel shareholders should be very, very excited.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

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