By Alexandra Burlacu | Mar 07, 2013 09:01 AM EST
ASUS made a new addition to its Transformer lineup on Thursday, March 7, with the new ASUS Transformer AiO, which definitely lives up to the name.
If Android and Windows 8 used to be rivals, this device brings both operating systems together in an interesting combination. The versatile ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 is part PC and part tablet, part Android and part Windows 8.
The hybrid can switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a simple click, and the versatility aspect is even better. When the tablet sits on a PC station equipped with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse it can easily serve as a desktop computer. Otherwise, the device can function as a tablet. Both the PC and the tablet have their own processors, which makes things easier.
On the other hand, some things are worth noting. First of all, the tablet boasts a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 processor under the hood, but it measures 18.4 inches and is not exactly lightweight. In other words, the tablet is big and heavy, weighing in at 5.28 pounds, which is not the most portable tablet out there. It does, however, offer the option of continuing to work in another room, and that's how ASUS envisioned the concept. The tablet also comes with a stand.
Other specs of the ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 tablet include an LED backlit display with 10-point touch and a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, 2GB of DDR3-1600 RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a micro SD card reader, a mini USB 2.0 port, a built-in microphone and a 33W input charging port. According to ASUS, the device's Li-Ion battery should last for roughly five hours of use.
The PC station, meanwhile, has an Intel Core i5-3350P quad-core processor with 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, built-in speakers, an optical drive, an SD card reader and an HDMI port, among other features. The whole thing weighs in at nine pounds.
The hybrid sports a button on the side to switch between operating systems, which means that users can go between Android and Windows 8 with a simple click of a button. The bundled set comes with a $1,299 price tag and will go on sale next month, on April 12.
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