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Asus Transformer Book Trio is Windows 8 laptop, desktop and Android tablet in one

Andy Vandervell by

Asus Transformer Book Trri

Never one to shy away from challenging ideas, Asus has unveiled a brand new 'three-in-one' laptop-tablet hybrid that contains two Intel CPUs so it can run Windows 8 and Android.

Dubbed the Asus Transformer Book Trio, this gender bending tablet joins the ranks of the hybrid 'Transformer' currently headlined by the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity, and similar hybrid concepts like the Asus Padfone 2.

Asus Transformer Book Trio specs

The basic specs include an 11.6-inch screen with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. It's an IPS screen, too, and built into the screen segment is an 2GHz Intel Atom processor and 64GB of storage that allows it to be used as an Android tablet.

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The PC 'base station' meanwhile will feature a 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor (Haswell) and a 750GB hard drive, as well all the bits that make it a laptop, such as USB ports and a memory card slot.

Like previous Transformers, each segment has its own battery, too.

Asus Transformer Book Trio release date and price

No word yet on a release date or price for the Asus Transformer Book Trio, but we'd wager 'not soon' and 'very expensive'.

Comment: Do we need Windows-Android hybrids?

Andy VandervellAndy Vandervell, deputy editor

Asus has a track record of wacky, brave products and is particularly enamored with the idea of hybrids. The Asus Transformer Book Trio is undoubtedly its most ambitious hybrid yet, but is it one that can work? I have my doubts. It has separate hardware for the laptop and tablet segments, which is bound to drive the price way beyond most people's budgets - the only 'common' element is the screen. I'm happy to applaud Asus' bravery and innovation, but is a Windows-Android tablet what the world needs? I don't think so.

How about you?

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chaosdefinesorder

June 3, 2013, 1:31 pm

More of these news post up top, staff comment separately underneath please! Much clearer than release and speculation all in one!

andyvan

June 3, 2013, 3:02 pm

Thanks for the feedback. This is something we're trying out, so pleased to hear you like it.

Nate Ebner

June 3, 2013, 3:24 pm

It is good. Better than having to skip the second half of an article which is just pasted from previous ones too.

Price dependant, I'd be interested in an Android Tablet/Windows Laptop, as a complete mobile solution.
Especially if it can work in either mode docked, and access both batteries in either mode.

Added bonus if it can switch between them without needing a full restart.

andyvan

June 3, 2013, 3:47 pm

But surely an all-in-one Windows hybrid makes far more sense in that case? For its faults, the Surface Pro makes sense - as does Windows 8. The execution is a little clumsy in parts, but with this you don't have that seamless experience. Lack of W8 tablet apps is a big problem, admittedly, but I prefer the Windows tablet experience to the Android one.

MikeX

June 3, 2013, 6:34 pm

Maybe this shows how Asus feel about the longevity of Windows RT!
Given the poor sales of RT devices maybe they are onto something?
If the sync works well between the two OSes it may be a nice product but the price will be critical to success.

Nate Ebner

June 3, 2013, 8:17 pm

I already have a suite of Android apps for my phone, and would rather if I was to go the tablet route, have access to them and a tablet/mobile centric experience, rather than a sub par laptop.

To be honest, I doubt I'll ever bother with a tablet, as I have a desktop for day to day and power use, and if I wanted to work on the go, would want a proper keyboard and hence a laptop, if I want entertainment on the go, my phone is fine, so the tablet really only fills a niche for casual computer users IMO. And therefore, I'd only find interest/value, if it was combined with a laptop, so it was a quality windows laptop, and a quality low power, entertainment focused tablet.

Nadeem Ahmad

June 4, 2013, 1:29 pm

Asus have certainly secured my money. I have been waiting for the Asus Padfoone Infinity to arrive in the market in the UK to replace my HTC Desire HD which has gone past its contract end date. The Transformer Book Trio has been beautifully slotted in as the replacement for the HP 5738x Laptop that I have been looking to replace.

A lot will depend on the pricing. At the moment from what I know Padfone Infinity is priced around £700 which is reasonable for a high spec smartphone and tablet bundle. Let's hope the Transformer Book Trio comes at a reasonable price to entice hybrid enthusiasts like myself.

I predict Asus to be a big player in the near future provided that they combine their innovative ideas with high quality spec and craftsmanship. It goes without saying that it all needs to be bundled together in an exciting marketing and branding strategy.

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