The ASUS Transformer line of tablets comes in both Android and Windows flavours. According to FCC certification documents, ASUS may be planning a new model (or even a completely new family of devices) that will come with the ability to boot in both. According to the filing, the ASUS M8xT series will come in at least three flavours: The M80T will run Android, the M81T Windows and the M82T will be a dual-booting model.
The FCC filing also gives us a few details as to what we can expect from these new tablets. It appears that they will come with an Intel Atom “Bay Trail” processor, 32 or 64GB of onboard storage, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, a 3,910mAh battery and front and rear cameras. Screen size and resolution are not specified.
In fact, the FCC document lists a total of nine different models. Aside from the M8xT line, there are also a L8xT and a R8xT models. It’s not clear what sets these apart but it could be as simple as different internal storage capacities. The filing does indicate that “all the models are identically [sic], the difference [sic] model severed [sic] as marketing strategy.”
ASUS has requested short-term confidentiality of a 180 days on a number of documents including external photos and the user manual. With the confidentiality set to expire in mid-February, it’s likely that ASUS will officially unveil these sometime before then (perhaps CES 2014?).
It would not be the first time that ASUS offers a device sporting both Android and Windows. The ASUS Transformer Book Trio billed as “the world’s first 3 in 1 laptop, tablet and full functional base” already does something similar. Perhaps the ASUS M82T is a new model in this family but the existence of single OS versions suggests a new line instead.