By Alexandra Burlacu | Jun 03, 2013 01:15 PM EDT
ASUS just announced the Transformer Book Trio, a notebook that can serve as an Android tablet and Windows 8 desktop PC simultaneously.
The company had many goodies to show off at Computex 2013 on Monday, June 3, but the Transformer Book Trio running Android and Windows 8 at the same time was the star of the show.
In its notebook form, the 11.6-inch ASUS Transformer Book Trio can switch between Windows 8 and Android operating systems, providing quite an interesting experience. Separated, the screen portion acts as an Android tablet with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, drawing power from its 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2590 processor.
The keyboard component, meanwhile, is much more than just an accessory. The part actually makes for a full-fledged Windows 8 PC, complete with a powerful Intel fourth-generation Core i7 processor. To serve as a desktop monitor, however, one needs to hook up the keyboard part to an external monitor.
"We seek to perfect the balance between engineering and humanity, where every intricate detail echoes our needs for both emotion and function," ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih boasts in the press release. "This is the ASUS way of Design Thinking, where every idea starts with people and we turn our imagination into myriad revolutionary innovations."
"The ASUS Transformer Book Trio is an innovative combination of notebook, tablet and desktop PC for unparalleled flexibility in work, play and social activity," the announcement further reads.
One of the best parts of sporting dual operating systems is that the new ASUS Transformer Book Trio gives users access to the 700,000+ apps in the Google Play Store as well as more than 50,000 apps in the Windows Store. The machine may have two entirely different operating systems, but ASUS vouches for a smooth transition between modes, enabling users to easily sync data or keep surfing the site they're on even as they switch from notebook to tablet mode or vice versa.
The PC Station dock, as previously mentioned, packs its own fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, as well as a keyboard and a 750GB hard drive. The PC Station also serves as a charger for the tablet to provide extended battery life. The tablet itself packs a 2.0GHz Intel Atom processor and a 16:9 aspect ratio IPS display with full HD resolution and up to 64GB of storage. When used purely as an Android tablet, ASUS claims the Transformer Book Trio can provide up to 15 hours of battery life. The company has yet to disclose details about pricing and availability.
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