Asus's Transformer Book Trio Mixes Android with Windows 8

Asus has already added the T300 to its Transformer line, but the company is further fleshing the brand with the formal unveiling of the Transformer Book Trio. The Trio is actually more interesting than the T300. It runs both Android and Windows 8. Asus is calling the Trio a 'three-in-one' computer; there's definitely a lot going on with this computer.

 

The machine boasts a unique two-part dockable design that allows for the Trio to be used by one person as a laptop or by two individual people as a tablet and desktop PC. We first saw the Trio at Computex when Asus showed off a flood of new products. The Trio's keyboard dock is a bit more serious than similar products. It actually houses a 4th generation Core i7 CPU as well as up to 1 TB of storage and 4 GB of RAM. The tablet itself runs on a separate Intel Atom dual-core processor and up to 64 GB of solid-state storage and features an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS display. Users can apparently expect up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.

This isn't a dual-boot machine. Instead, the dock has a Windows install, while the tablet half of this device runs on Android. When docked, the user can switch easily between the two. Alternatively, one person can use the tablet while a second user uses the Haswell-powered dock with an external monitor.

Of course, a device like this won't be cheap, but Asus is keeping pricing to itself for now. Boo!

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  • BringMeAnother
    Well, I though this got killed of by patent trolls like the ATIV Q. Good to see it's still breathing.
  • Jorge Silva
    I was actually thinking of geting the new transformer...now that I know it has W8 I'll pass.

    Don't want bloatware on my stuff.
  • deftonian
    wow, I had just mentioned this functionality in another thread a few days ago. I def agree that this is the future.