Outside of the big-name brands, smaller Chinese manufacturers were also at the International CES show, displaying cheap tablets that often go on sale under little-known brand names. Starting later this quarter, several of those companies plan on building tablets that are installed with both Android and Windows 8. Upon device reset or during the product's operation, those tablets will let users switch between the different operating systems.
The Chinese manufacturers expect the tablets will be priced around US$250. At the show, chip maker Intel said it was working to pave the way for dual OSes on PCs and tablets. Taiwanese vendor Asus also is moving in that direction. It introduced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, which can transform itself from a laptop to a tablet and also switch between Android and Windows with the press of an on-screen button. Asus' device will arrive in late March, starting at $599.