Upcoming Lenovo notebook has both Windows and Android onboard

It's not often you see a computer coming preloaded with two operating systems, and even less often is one of those Android. The Verge is reporting that Lenovo will be offering a new ultraportable notebook that will have both Windows 7 as well as Google's Android operating system onboard. It's called the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid and it's actually scheduled to be released sometime later in November.

The article claims that the notebook is designed to use the Windows OS for business and serious applications and the Android part of the notebook is for web browsing and multimedia use. The OS can also boot the machine quickly for a so-called "instant on" experience. The Android part also give the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid a longer batter life; 10 hours, to be exact. The hardware specs have yet to be revealed and there's no announcement as of yet on what the price of this ultraportable will be like. 

Based on the lack of information about the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, it's hard to say how this product will do. While having a notebook that be quickly turned on and has a 10 hour battery life is certainly appealing, Windows-based systems are getting closer to this kind of performance. Windows 8 is also supposed to have very fast boot times as well. It seems like a strange mix-up of platforms, and Android on PC's previously hasn't panned out so well, so it'll be interesting to see how it goes.

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Thought about this for sometime, and still cannot see a need for it. If I am going to have two OSs on my computer it will be a full Win 7 and full Linux . . . oh wait.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

IIRC it relies on UEFI which hopefully will be in widespread adoption by then.

Incorrect. Whether you have UEFI or BIOS has no effect on boot past the post stage, when the OS actually starts loading. The only thing Windows 8 relies on is UEFI Secure Boot, which is something different and is optional.

Not very suprising. A lot of HP notebooks ship with two. There's a light weight linux on mine. It's meant to instant-boots that's just meant for listening to music and a simple browser. At least I think it's linux. I think they call it quick web.

pack34 said,
Not very suprising. A lot of HP notebooks ship with two. There's a light weight linux on mine. It's meant to instant-boots that's just meant for listening to music and a simple browser. At least I think it's linux. I think they call it quick web.

And it blows. Got rid of that thing quick...

BoyBoppins said,

And it blows. Got rid of that thing quick...

I never use it, but it would make sense to replace it with something like Android that actually has apps and is supported. Something that works and is lightweight.

pack34 said,
Not very suprising. A lot of HP notebooks ship with two. There's a light weight linux on mine. It's meant to instant-boots that's just meant for listening to music and a simple browser. At least I think it's linux. I think they call it quick web.

It is Linux. I have it on my HP Netbook and my Asus motherboard on my desktop computer. It's never used.