Meet the Nitro Duo, a Computer in a Box with Touchscreen, Windows and Android dual booting setup
This is completely different from all those projects and devices showcased at CES 2016. The Ntro Duo is actually a dual-booting computer, I should call it full-fledged mini computer with touchscreen display and more.
This is not usual device with Windows 10 mobile os. The device can run full Windows operating system and that makes it different from other smartphones running Windows 10. The device is a bit chunkier in size, that maybe because it fits two sets of hardware and it is smart enough to switch between these two sets of hardware based on the operating system you use.
In terms of specs, for Windows OS, the Nitro Duo is built with an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive and for Android, the device packs a Freescale i.MX6 Quad ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8GB SD card for storage and a 4G LTE modem.
You might be wondering why two sets of hardware that make it chunkier than many dual-booting mobile devices. well, the computer uses two sets of hardware because some Android apps don’t work on Intel x86 chips. And another thing is the device won’t have to reboot in order to switch between the OS installed. It is a matter of pressing a button, boom ! the other OS is ready to use.
Despite the fact that it use two sets of hardware, operating systems share all other features from display to ports. The Nitro Duo uses a 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel TN LCD display, future mode may come with better display. There is also a Xilinx FPGA for power management which puts unused hardware to sleep.
The device will also have a desktop docking station that sports HDMI, Ethernet, and 3 USB ports and a charger for the system.
The prototype system is running on Windows 7 and Android 4.4 KitKat but the device will have Windows 10 and latest Android operating system when it hits the shelves. The manufacturer says it can also run other operating systems such Linux and you will also be able to create partitions just like on Windows PCs.
This is really a geeky device for such people who might have wondered if they could run full Windows OS on their mobile devices, especially smartphones. Yes Windows mobile now runs Windows 10 and gives you access to many Windows 10 apps but only Universal Apps, on the other hand, the Nitro Duo can run desktop apps and you can use it exactly like you use your desktops or laptops and manage your files and folders.
You might be thinking how much it costs. Well the device is still in its early stage and needs a lot of tweaking and final product may come as shiny and compact package. However, pricing for the device is not yet confirmed, but Lewis , CEO of the company, says it could be around $799. That may sound a bit steep since the chipsets inside the device is 2012- 2013-era. However, the device should not be discounted, as it is full-fledged computer with dual booting setup.
The company is planning to run a a crowdfunding campaign later this year and yo may be able to reserve one if you are interested in this geeky Nitro Duo. Watch the video by liliputing to see the device in action.
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