Taiwan’s computer manufacturer Asus today unveiled a mobile device that it described as the world’s first three-in-one tablet, laptop and desktop computer. The Transformer Book Trio, shown off at the Computex Taipei IT trade show, is powered by Intel’s new fourth-generation processors and runs both Windows and Android operating systems.
It features an 11.6-inch 1080p screen and a detachable keyboard, allowing the user to operate the device as a tablet or a laptop computer. It can also be plugged into an external monitor and function as a desktop PC, the company said.
When the screen and keyboard are connected the system operates as a Windows PC, while separating the screen allows it to be used as an Android tablet.
The hybrid is likely to be launched by the end of this year, the company said.
When using the tablet portion alone, a 2GHz Intel Atom processor powers an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Once the tablet is attached to the PC Station dock, the operating system can be switched to Windows 8 with the push of a button. In this mode, users have access to a full keyboard and the unit becomes powered by an Intel Core i7 Haswell CPU. Battery life in this configuration is said to last up to 15 hours, and 750GB or 1TB of hard drive space is available for use — up from the 64GB SSD found in the tablet. The PC Station dock can also be connected directly to an external monitor for a more desktop-like experience.
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