TAIPEI: Asus has unveiled what it claims to be the world's first three-in-one tablet, notebook and desktop computer, the Transformer Triobook, running both Android and Windows 8.
Asus chairman Jonney Shih introduced the device, at the Computex conference in Taiwan on Monday. The dual operating system can be accessed through a physical key that allows users to switch between Windows 8 or Android Jelly Bean running simultaneously.
Powered by a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip handling Android Jelly Bean and a fourth generation Intel Haswell Core i7-4500U CPU for Windows 8, the Triobook is touted as "a combination of a full function notebook, a portable tablet and a very powerful desktop PC," and boasts an 11.6in display supporting full HD 1080p resolution.
Offering a 1TB hard disk in the dock and 64GB of SSD storage in the tablet, the Triobook also includes two batteries, a 33Wh cell in the dock as well as a 19Wh battery in the tablet.
"The Triobook's dock can also act as a battery bank to deliver up to 15 hours of battery life," Shih said.
Shih was joined on stage by Intel vice president Tom Kilroy, who reminisced about the previous products the two companies have launched together through the years. Shih added that the Triobook has been designed for flexibility so that users have "a notebook for work, a PC station for sharing, and tablet for play."
Asus is remaining tight-lipped about the Triobook's price, and we expect the product won't hit the market until much later this year.
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