Looks like it's not just the big international brands that are jostling for your attention at CES this year. India's very own Micromax has made its first ever official announcement from Las Vegas and it's not a device that you would expect from the company. For one, it's not a smartphone. In fact the Micromax Canvas LapTab is touted as the first dual-boot Windows 8 and Android tablet and will be available in early February.
It must be noted that this is the first time Micromax has launched a Windows device of any kind, so it's definitely an interesting direction for the company and could hint at a foray into Windows Phone as well.
Micromax's first ever Windows tablet, the Canvas LapTab, also runs Android
The LapTab is powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M, one of the first devices to be announced with that chipset. Micromax says the use of the Intel Celeron N2805 processor, clocked at 1.4GHz, will result in impressively long battery-life. Thanks to its dual-boot nature, the tablet will run both Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Windows 8. There's no word on whether there's any software updates in relation to both the OSes. A major disapointment is that users will have to reboot the tablet to switch between the two OSes, something Intel is trying to eliminate with its much-rumoured Dual OS PCs.
In terms of other specs, there's not much that sets the tablet apart from the competition. We are hoping the price of the tablet is in keeping with its 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, which is not the high resolution you see on a tablet this size. There's 2GB of RAM, which might sound adequate out of the box, but we'll need to see how it handles both the OSes. Battery life should not be an issue thanks to the 7400 mAh battery, though we'll reserve our judgement till we actually see the tablet's performance first hand.
The tablet packs in a 2MP front camera with an ambient light sensor and there's no rear camera, a wise consideration that should result in a lower price. Internal storage is 32 GB, which is expandable up to 64 GB. The LapTab comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi for internet connectivity; No word on a cellular model as of now.
The LapTab comes with something called the 'transleeve' which can be used as a cover or a stand for the wireless keyboard packed with an additional 230 mAh battery.