Xiaocai G6 will be world’s first dual-boot Android smartphone?


The Xiaocai G6 made quite a impact when we announced the low-cost, 4-core smartphone a few days ago, now more waves are rippling due to the phones dual-boot system and high-end specs!

Making a low-cost 5-inch Android smartphone which doesn’t have a 1080p display is becoming a rare occurrence here in China, but those times we do come across such a phone the lack of 1080HD is made up in other ways.

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In the instance of the Xiaocai G6 1080 has been replaced with 720p (hardly a bad thing) and that down grade has allowed for a low-cost phone which packs a quad-core CPU, 13 mega-pixel rear camera, Android 4.2 plus the ability to dual-boot!

It hasn’t been made exactly clear which operating systems you will have the ability to boot in to (although Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will be at least one of the stock options) or how this might be a useful feature for most users, but for people who like to mod their phones and tryout custom roms this could be a god send!

Get full specifications from the official website.

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25 Comments

  1. April 1, 2013

    maybe is ready for Ubuntu mobile

    • Xiaolu
      April 1, 2013

      So bad is too early, I guess! But it’d be nice to dual boot Ubuntu Kylin (麒麟) on this phone for that budget O.O

      Waiting for that!

  2. April 1, 2013

    “1080 has been replaced with 720p (hardly a bad thing)” I would like to disagree. While indeed 720p is quite nice, on 4.5″ and up it tends to be low-resolution – the PPI is still over 300 yet pixels can be seen quite easily. If we compare this PPI value (in the case of the G6 it is 312), with any other 5″ 1080p display’s (what would be around 440), it is clear that we lose a lot of detail.

    Yes, indeed, it helps lowering the price, and maybe the hardware wouldn’t be able to handle it all the time (what would be nonsense, given the specs of the 6589, though a badly written kernel can cause severe problems), I believe many would prefer a fullHD panel, even on 4.7″!

    • Airyl
      April 1, 2013

      No such thing. After 300ppi, pixels are barely noticeable. 1080p is already overkill, and is suitable for 5inch and above.

      • April 1, 2013

        Well I guess it depends on your eyes. I had the Nexus 4 in my hands, what has the same specs screen, and it was quite pixelated, especially after using the HTC One (same size screen, 1080p res).

        • April 1, 2013

          Each to his own ….

          I’m nearly 75 and I wear ‘specs … and I love my Nexus 7. Does Yash339 think I should give it all up !

          • April 1, 2013

            Interesting … the system put my response in an entirely different position than I expected.

            Sorry … but not my fault !

          • April 1, 2013

            Indeed 😀

            BTW read in another entry that you were to open a store in the UK, could you please write me an e-mail? I’m really interested in some details. My address is fonix232 [at] gmail [dot] com

          • yash3339
            April 1, 2013

            Sir, this is with reference to?

  3. Camaman
    April 1, 2013

    The main purpose of this article was supposed to be dual boot.
    What ever could it dual boot?
    Android 4.2 and adndroid 4.1 LOL?

    • Xiaolu
      April 1, 2013

      From the web page: it runs Android 4.2 + a chinese ROM called 乐蛙 (happy frog?!) unknown for me until yesterday (well, still unseen). So it may be easy to flash other ROMs in it.

      • April 1, 2013

        I’m pretty sure you did hear about LewaOS, or “Le Frog”. It is a quite popular ROM for some phones, including but not limited to Motorola models, ZTE Blade and variations, and a few more.

        They usually target mid- and low-end devices, and add a UI similar to MIUI, yet less resource-hungry. If you like shiny, LewaOS is definitely worth a try (I did not like it though).

  4. April 1, 2013

    miui and pure android for example

  5. sonia
    April 1, 2013

    windows and android possible??

    • yash3339
      April 1, 2013

      No. Windows runs on x86 architrcture while Android on ARM. And WP source is not made public so cant be ported to other devices

      • April 1, 2013

        And why would that mean that it can’t run Windows Phone? It is just a matter of licences, if the company decides to buy it from Microsoft, they are free to do so. Although MS has some quality requirements with WP, they were quite strict with 7, but apparently lowered it with 8 (given that a few chinese “noname” manufacturer already marketed WinPhone8 devices). So it IS possible, though not through home-hackery.

        • yash3339
          April 1, 2013

          Well yeah but I assumed since this has to do with low cost that licences are out of question. Haha. You’re right actually.

      • yash3339
        April 1, 2013

        Missed this. Android can be made to run on an x86 processor. Not very effient but yes.

        • qidamin
          April 2, 2013

          HTC HD2 can run both Android and WP7.5 so why not this one if well optimized?

  6. April 1, 2013

    apparently its LewaOS + standard Android

  7. gavin
    April 1, 2013

    Wasnt the umi x2 supposed to be dual boot as well ?

  8. Ronin
    April 1, 2013

    But what good will it do? anyway i it both os should be open source. android and linux 😀

  9. Awesome dude!
    April 1, 2013

    when is this supposed to lauch?

  10. fonix232
    April 2, 2013

    Except that the HD2 is not x86 based. Indeed the Android-x86 branch is not quite finished yet, although most hardware is supported (on a limited level).

  11. CC
    May 23, 2013

    How to dual boot? Any idea?