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Asus Shipping Transformer AiO Hybrid in 2Q13

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It's an AIO Windows 8 PC with a detachable 18.4-ich screen that works as a standalone Tegra 3-powered Android tablet.

Asus said that its Windows 8-based Transformer AiO (P1801), which made an appearance in January during CES 2013 in Las Vegas, will ship sometime during 2Q13 for a starting price of $1,300 USD. It's slated as the world's first AIO PC with a detachable display that can be used as a standalone tablet.

This new AIO PC consists of a desktop station with a third-generation Intel Core processor, and a detachable 18.4-inch display packed with its own quad-core Tegra 3 SoC and Google's Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" OS. Asus claims that users will be able to switch "seamlessly" between Windows 8 and Android, both of which will take advantage of the IPS screen's 10-point multi-touch support.

"When detached from the PC Station, [the] Asus Transformer AiO’s display can be used as two different types of king-size tablet," the company said. "First, wireless Remote Desktop technology with dual-band Wi-Fi provides complete multi-touch control over Windows 8 on the PC Station for easy access to popular productivity and entertainment software around the home."

Alternatively, users can switch over to Android 4.1 at the press of a button, the company claims. The screen provides up to five hours of battery life, a conventional carrying handle and a folding stand because, let's face it, 18.4-inches is a big step up from the typical 10-inch form factor we've grown accustomed to. It also weighs around 5.29 pounds, far heavier than Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.

On the PC station side, customers will have a choice between three processors: the Core i7-3770, the Core i5-3350P, and the Core i3-3220. It will also feature a GeForce GT 730M GPU with 2 GB of VRAM, between 4 GB and 8 GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz, and a DVD writer. Connectivity options consist of Ethernet, dual-band Wireless N, and Bluetooth 4.0 while included ports range from four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, a 3-in-1 card reader and more.

On the tablet side, it has its own 2 GB of DDR3 memory at 1600 MHz, 32 GB of internal storage, dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, a 1MP camera, and a built-in microphone. There's also a microSD card reader, a mini USB 2.0 port, 2-in-1 audio jacks, and a Kensington lock. The screen itself supports a Full HD resolution, and features LED-backlighting and a 178° wide viewing angle.

So far, an actual ship date is unknown, so keep checking back with Asus. It's an interesting concept, but will customers buy into carrying around an 18.4-inch tablet?

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    merikafyeah , March 14, 2013 4:36 AM
    I'm more excited about the Dell XPS 18. Serious portable screen real estate.
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    hunshiki , March 14, 2013 5:27 AM
    Only Tegra 3? :/ 
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    Firion87 , March 14, 2013 6:17 AM
    Make it a padfone and I'm in! It would suit perfeclty my needs. A cellphone for communication on the road, insert the phone into the screen for internet browsing and watching movies at home, insert the pad into the desktop stand with proper hardware for work. Perfect!
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    vmem , March 14, 2013 8:50 AM
    err, 18inch driven by Tegra 3??? and launched in Q2 this year >.< so the dated Tegra 3 will get to compete with the upcoming Tegra4, and later down the road low voltage Haswell and AMD's Temash... what are they thinking???
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    twelve25 , March 14, 2013 9:31 AM
    These "hybrid" devices always end up costing more and performing worse than just buying two separate products.