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Cloudfone Epic 7.1, Epic 8.9 tablets to sport Windows/Android dual-boot functionality

Two Cloudfone tablets have been spotted on the company’s website: the Cloudfone Epic 7.1 and Epic 8.9. Both apparently have the ability to boot into either Windows or Android.

Based on hardware alone, these two tablets are just like any other standard Android tablets. They do, however, have one selling point that will surely pique the curiosity of consumers: dual-booting. Using what the company termed as “Crossover Technology,” both the Cloudfone Epic 7.1 and Epic 8.9 can apparently switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A lot of questions remain, though, such as if they can conveniently switch between Windows and Android on the fly or if the user has to restart the tablets and choose an operating system in the boot menu.

Cloudfone Epic 7.1 Specs

  • Android 4.4 KitKat / Windows 8.1
  • 7-inch IPS LCD (HD resolution)
  • 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 5-megapixel main camera
  • 2-megapixe front camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB On the Go

The specs above for the Cloudfone Epic 7.1 are only preliminary, seeing that Cloudfone has yet to disclose everything about its new tablets. The Epic 8.9 offers similar specs, except that it has an 8.9-inch display and 2GB of RAM.

Personally, it’ll be interesting if Cloudfone can really pull this off and have its tablets reach the market. Last year, both Google and Microsoft vehemently opposed to dual-booting. They basically forced Asus to cancel its Transformer Book Duet TD300, which could also dual boot Windows and Android. Have the two software giants changed their minds? Will they approve of the Epic tablets? Or maybe the tablets don’t actually have a dual-boot feature, just that users must choose between the two operating systems upon purchase—a similar feat offered by the Bluebird BM180.

If ever they hit retail stores, the Cloudfone Epic 7.1 and Epic 8.9 will be priced Php5,999 and Php8,999, respectively.

[Source: Cloudfone 1, 2 | TechnoBuffalo]

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