It’s now pretty difficult to find an Intel Bay Trail Z3740 or Z3770 running anything else than Windows 8.x, and even if you just want to try running a Linux distribution or Android on the device, you’d still have to pay around $60 for the Windows license. There’s now a solution thanks to Geekbuying which sells Live F3C tablet with Windows 8.1 for $382.99, and with “MS-DOS”, probably FreeDOS, for just $323.99.
- SoC – Intel Baytrail-T Z3740D quad core processor @ 1.33 GHz (Turbo freq. : 1.8GHz)
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – 32 GB NAND Flash + microSD card slot
- Display – 10.1″ IPS Capacitive touch screen (1280×800)
- Video Output – mini HDMI
- Audio – Built in stereo speakers and microphone. 3.5 mm earphone jack
- Camera – Dual Camera, 2.0MP+2.0MP
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. 3G via USB dongle.
- USB – micro USB OTG port
- Sensors – G-Sensor
- Battery – ~8000mAh Li-ion battery]
- Power Supply – DC 9V 2A (2.5mm jack)
- Dimensions – 256.5 x 172.8 x (6.3 to 9.8) mm
- Weight – 595g
I understand there’s no hardware difference between the Windows 8.1 and “MS-DOS” version. The tablet is sold with a micro USB cable, a 9V/2A power adapter and a user’s manual. If you’d like a keyboard with Livefan F3C tablet, Geekbuying sells one with a leather case for $57.99.
I understand Livefan F3C will work with a standard Windows 8.1, so you could install it on the MS-DOS version provided you have a license, but if you plan to install alternative operating systems such as Android or Ubuntu, some parts are unlikely to work out of the box, e.g. Wi-Fi, touch screen…, if it can boot at all.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.