If Intel and friends can pull-off the dual-OS trick in a slick way they’ll have a valuable selling point and a ‘bridge’ between the app-gap in Windows and the consumer richness of Android. Ramos already have a set of Intel-powered Android tablets in China but the Ramos i10 Pro is said to be coming with a dual-OS option on a Baytrail core.
There aren’t enough details available to see how Ramos are going to offer the dual-os option. Will it be dual-boot (not desirable), or Android in a Windows runtime (like Bluestacks), a BIOS-driven instant switch / sleep like Insyde are offering (video below), a dual-CPU option as in the Samsung Transformer Book Trio or virtual machines on a hypervisor. If Intel develop the latter, (and given that they develop i86/i64 Android in-house and own most of the comms and controller hardware now, there’s more possibility than ever before) then they have a very interesting proposition, assuming BayTrail is powerful enough to run it.
The Ramos i10 Pro is likely to be based on the i10 which offers a 1920×1200 10-inch display. The source says, however, that it may ‘wait until next year.’ Keep an eye out for this at CES in Jan.
I’ve seen Android running on Baytrail-T and I’ve even handled a few Ramos devices recently. The potential offering here is an exciting one and something we’ll be tracking closely. Could this be the ultimate 2-in-1 solution?