Indian mobile manufacturers Micromax and Xolo unveiled their first Windows tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Late last year, it was rumored that Microsoft was courting Indian manufacturers in bringing the Windows platform onto more handsets and tablets. Therefore, it isn’t astonishing that both Micromax and Xolo Mobiles, two of India’s leading handset vendors, launched their first Windows tablet offerings at the CES.
Micromax’s variant is known as the Canvas LapTab, and it dual-boots Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Windows 8.1. In terms of hardware, the tablet features a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 screen, an Intel Celeron 1.46 GHz processor, 2 gigs of RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 7400 mAh battery along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and micro-SD connectivity along with 2 MO cameras at the front and back. The tablet comes with its own detachable keyboard cover that is reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover. The keyboard cover features a 230 mAh built-in battery. In terms of connectivity, there is USB 3.0 and mini-HDMI out.
The device is a run-of-the-mill dual-boot device (if there is such a thing), in the sense that users have the ability of selecting what OS they want to use at the time of boot. Switching from Windows to Android or vice versa requires a reboot. Intel announced that it is working on devices that offer both OSes together, with users being able to switch over from Android to Windows by just oppressing a button, but the device from Micromax does not offer that functionality.
Xolo’s offering, the Xolo Win, is a regular Windows tablet that comes with AMD hardware. Under the hood, there is a dual-core AMD A4-1200 APU that features a Radeon HD 8180G GPU. The Win comes with a 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 2 MP camera at the back and 1 MP at the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 3550 mAh battery.
The screen is a ten point multitouch offering, and while the tablet does have decent hardware, the lowly 3550 mAh battery is concerning. Both tablets will be available in India from the end of January. Whether anybody would actually buy them is another matter altogether.