Friday, June 7, 2013

World's first 3-in-1 mobile device: ASUS Transformer Book Trio

When I travel, I always have trouble deciding which gadget or mobile device to bring with me, especially if the bulky DSLR is also in the haul.

So, for a short trips I will just bring the iPad along with me and leave the heavier laptop at home. But for a lengthy family trips the bulky laptop tags along with us.

This should be a thing of the past with the launching of ASUS Transformer Book Trio, announced in Taipei on June 3rd, during COMPUTEX 2013. We can now bring along not two, but three mobile devices together - Tablet, Laptop and Desktop PC.

How about that for convenience?

Transform me! The Transformer Book Trio can switch between Android tablet and Windows 8 desktop PC environments seamlessly.

The chameleon's transforming from laptop to tablet

It has a physical hotkey to allow user to switch between OSs

World's first 3-in-1 mobile device

One word: Innovation. ASUS innovated a means to combine tablet, notebook/laptop and desktop PC in a single product, the  Transformer Book Trio, so that you can work, play, and do social activities with flexibility.

The Transformer Book Trio tablet which runs on Google Android features an 11.6-inch screen with 1920x1080 pixel resolution and the detachable hybrid design runs on both Android and Windows 8, which means it uses two Operating Systems.

There is a physical hotkey to allow you to switch between the OSs. However, that hotkey will only work if you have the tablet latched into the keyboard dock; once you unplug the tablet it will only run Android Jelly Bean.

Specifications of the Transformer Book Trio

Special features          : Three-in-one - Tablet, Laptop and desktop PC
Display                        : 11.6-inch
Display Resolution      : 1920 x 1080 pixel
Weight                        : varies according to mode
Operating Systems      : Android Jelly Bean, Windows 8

Processors                  : 2.0GHz Intel® Atom™ (for Tablet) & 4th gen Intel® Core™ i7-4500U (for PC)
Storage                      : 64GB (on Tablet) and 750GB harddrive (on desktop PC)

Interface                     : 2 x USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, Wireless Display (WiDi)
Battery Capacity         : 2 batteries - 33,000mWh and 19,000mAh
Other features            : PC Dock station also serves as a charger to the Android tablet.

Announced                  : 3 June 2013
Availability                  : 3Q of 2013


It is expected to be sold for at least $1,345 (approx RM4,162) although no official pricing yet from Asus.

What do you think? Will you replace your Tablet, Laptop and Desktop PC with a single device that perform the same tasks?


brick said...

I think ASUS has gone mad already! PC/Laptop almost the same!

de engineur said...

Actually the desktop PC mode is more like you r docking the tablet on a fortified docking station.