There are countless Chinese companies out there building smartphones and tablets, but not many of them actually get much recognition here in the UK. Chinese company Onda claims that it has developed a device none of us can actually ignore: a tablet supposedly running Windows 8.1 and Android KitKat side-by-side.
The V919 3G air, as its called, will apparently come with both operating systems pre-installed, and from the looks of things you can flick between the two as you see fit.
Interestingly (and bizarrely) the V919 is capable of making phone calls, but only in Windows 8.1. It’s a very strange situation, but retailer Geekbuying confirmed this fact to TechRadar. I have two questions here, first of all why does a tablet need to be able to make phone calls, and secondly why make it exclusive to an OS that was not designed for phones?
The device also comes with a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution display, an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3736F quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD expansion, a 6,200 mAh battery, as well as HDMI and microHDMI output. It also looks virtually identical to an iPad.
The V919 3G Air is currently up for pre-order on Geekbuying for £160.47, with delivery estimated to come at the end of this month. We don’t have any sort of confirmation on whether or not this tablet will actually do what Onda says, but if it does it could well be somewhat of a gamechanger.
Let’s just wait and see what happens.