Many mobile enthusiasts have been waiting for the day when we’ll simply dock our smartphones and it would turn to a full-fledged desktop OS to be used natively like you would your regular Notebook PC or desktop computer.
There have been quite some notable attempts with one of the latest being Microsoft’s Continuum for it Windows mobile smartphones.
The implementation is rather a nifty work — although, still in progress — and essentially functions in with a dock where the phone simply needs be placed; connect a monitor and basic peripherals – mouse and keyboard – and you’re good to go.
The most recent attempt however that was showcased at CES 2016 is is a PDA-sized device that is essentially a dual-boot computer with similar specs as you might see in an average notebook and smartphones alike crammed in a body that measures a mere 5inch in diagonal.
Apparently, the device packs two powering chipsets underneath the hood one of which is an intel Z3745 Baytrail processor and the other an ARM-based Freescale i.MX6 Quad ARM Cortex-A9 SoC clocked at 2.0Ghz.
The Atom chipset is backed by 4GB of RAM and it’s exclusively windows while the latter is meant to power the Android system.
Memory wise, the Windows side will come with 256GB Solid state drive while the other will come with an 8GB NAND flash and the device will support 4G LTE connectivity amongst the regular bells and whistles.
The Nitro Duo prototype runs Windows 7 alongside Android KitKat 4.4 and it comes with multiple physical buttons on the side – one of which will allow you to easily swtich to the other OS without the need to reboot.
The CEO and founder Lewis, mentioned that you’ll be able to easily install another operating system with the greatest of ease — whatever Linux distro of choice might appease to you.
Watch Brad Linder’s hands on with a Nitro Duo unit
The prototype is however extremely buggy but it shouldnt be too far off before we see a finished product from the startup.
Whatever the case may be, we will update you as needed.