Toshiba’s 5-in-1 concept laptop/tablet may one day dual-boot Android and Windows 8

January 8, 2014
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Toshiba 5-in-1 concept Michael Kan / IDG News Service

Now that Intel has confirmed its processors will support dual Android/Windows 8 devices, such as the Transformer Book Duet laptop/tablet Asus unveiled at CES 2014, we may see even more similar devices in the near future, from a variety of companies.

Toshiba unveiled at the same trade show a 5-in-1 PC concept that may one day dual-boot Android and Windows 8, the company told PC World, assuming the product moves past concept phase.

The “shape-shifting” Toshiba PC – which doesn’t have a commercial name yet – has three parts including a screen, keyboard and kickstand (this one contains the motherboard), which the user can arrange in different ways.

The device can be used as a traditional laptop, but also as a tablet, which has two modes, one that results after the removal of the detachable keyboard, and one that’s achieved by folding the keyboard back.

Toshiba 5-in-1 concept Michael Kan / IDG News Service

The remaining two modes include a “’Presentation/TV” mode that involves using the kickstand” and a “‘Canavas’ mode that lets the user flip the attached keyboard 270 degrees, making the device better for drafting with a stylus.”

The company did not mention specs for this concept Toshiba, so don’t get too excited about it just yet. However, we’ll remind you that the company launched its first Chromebook at CES 2014, so it’s clearly more interested in Google’s offers when it comes to PC OS alternatives.

In mid-2013, Samsung presented such a versatile laptop/tablet combination, which was received very well by crowds, although the company ended up quietly removing it, as it had never happened, without explaining why the Ativ Q remained just an interesting concept.

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