Asus has unveiled its latest hybrid device, which comprises an Android tablet and a Windows 8 laptop in one package.
The Transformer Book Trio in its basic form is an 11.6in slate tablet running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean tablet powered by a dual-core Atom Z2560 chip. It has 2GB of memory backed by 16GB of flash storage, with a full-HD 1920x1080 in-plane switching (IPS) display.
However, when hooked up to its bundled keyboard dock, the machine becomes a fully-fledged Windows laptop with a beefier specification.
The keyboard dock features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, adding an extra kilogram to the tablet's base weight, creating a package weighing in at 1.7kg.
Once attached, users can switch between the Windows 8 and Android operating systems at their leisure, with each platform working on totally separate components, only sharing the mouse and keyboard input of the brushed aluminium-coated base station.
The device ships with Windows 8, even though Microsoft has now released Windows 8.1, but users can simply upgrade to the new version via the Windows Store app built into Windows.
The third feature which Asus claims turns the dual-function device into the "Trio" is the pair of display outputs on the keyboard. HDMI and VGA are available, allowing users to hook up a second screen for use with Windows 8.
The Transformer Book Trio TX201 is set to go on sale on 11 November priced at £899.
Meanwhile, the Taiwanese firm also launched another hybrid device, the budget Windows 8.1-powered Asus Transformer T100. Detachable from its keyboard dock, the T100 claims 11 hours of battery life thanks to its Bay Trail Atom chip. This device is available from today, priced at £349.
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