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This tiny affordable Chinese PC could change the future of Android AND Windows

10 moons
There'll be a full-moon tonight

A little-known Chinese company called 10moons (whose logo, by the way, bears a close resemblance to Lenovo's) has launched a tiny computer that could well be the precursor to a new generation of dual-booting, affordable computers.

The D9i appears to be carrying both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2, allowing you to choose between the two operating systems. A previous attempt by Asus to get the two OSes on one device was canned after Google apparently vetoed the release of the Transformer Book Duet TD300 Hybrid.

This time around is slightly different as Intel may be behind the move (there's a big Intel inside logo prominently displayed), meaning the CPU maker wins regardless of whether the OS is Android or Windows. Plus for the time being, this RMB499 (about £52/US$81/AU$93) device is only on sale in China.

Coming soon

You can expect many more of these affordable devices to be launched soon, especially if Microsoft chooses to support it (and why shouldn't it?).

Physically, it looks like a Now TV box but in black and with rounded edges. It carries the same standard component as a tablet but without a screen, cameras and a battery. Essentially, it's a bigger version of a cheap Android dongle but runs Windows too.

It gets you a quad-core BayTrail Intel Z3735D processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a microSD slot, two USB ports (including a USB 3.0 one), HDMI plus a remote control.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.