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Last week, ASUS released a couple of videos teasing its announcements for Computex 2012. Given the contents of the videos, our first guess was that the company would be announcing a dual-boot Windows 8/Android tablet. And we were right... kind of.

It is a dual OS device - but it's not exactly dual-boot, nor is it exactly a tablet. It's an all-in-one 18.4" desktop that can seamlessly transition between Windows 8 and Android 4.0. Oh, and the display can be removed, essentially turning this desktop computer into an 18" Android tablet. Yes, I'm serious.

Unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot of information on the Transformer AiO at the moment. Here's and excerpt from ASUS' PR about all of its devices from Computex this morning:

Part tablet, part All-in-One PC, the Transformer AiO is an innovative device that can seamlessly switch between both, and features dual operating systems to give users the option of switching between Windows and Android to suit their needs. Engineered to work with Windows 8, the Transformer AiO features an extended 18.4" 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display which can be easily removed from its base station to become a wireless display for the AiO PC, extending the range of the PC and allowing users to continue with their work anywhere in the home. The display can also be converted into an Android-based tablet for the home with the press of a button.

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And that is, quite literally, all we know right now. I'm sure more information, including full hardware specs will be available in the coming weeks. Until then, though, I have to ask: is anyone actually interested in a device like this? Because I just can't see myself trying to use an 18.4" "tablet," nor can I see any practical use for Android on a desktop.

[via Engadget]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

    Can't see any practical use for Android on a desktop? That's why it has Windows! Seems like an awesome device, albeit perhaps more of a novelty, that'd be fun to own.

  • Bariman43

    Nnnnnnot sure if want. For all we know it could be a decent PC that transforms into a lame Android tablet. I say lame because that thing is bloody huge. I would not dare be caught in public with a tablet that massive. In fact I don't think I'd even be able to carry it with me in the first place. However, one thing I do like is that it can be used to remotely control the PC half. Still, I don't really see a use for that if the tablet is so big you can't really take it anywhere.

    Also, why make it switch between two tablet optimized OSes? Win 8 for PC is already optimized for tablet interfaces.

    • http://twitter.com/TheJauntyJester Jaunty Jester

      I'm not certain the tablet is meant to be taken anywhere... Seems more intended for at-home use in media or entertainment. Including Windows 8 prepares it for another app ecosystem and provides more of a desktop client to get work done.

    • i_am_dead

      If u know how to use a tablet then u can use it to the fullest in home only ... tablet does not mean that u have to carry it in public. ... be smart enough

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    • Chriskin

      This ^

  • Darktanone

    Frankenstein comes to mind. I don't see this thing flying off the shelves.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Like I said in the other article, 18" is too big to be comfortably used as a tablet, and it's just a bit too small to be a decent desktop screen (maybe I'm spoiled by this 24" screen in front of me).  I'm sure it'll have it's place in the home, but very limited.  I sooner see this catching on in offices.  I bet this would actually be a real hit with designers if they added a precision stylus and the wireless connection to the base worked over wifi (I'm not entirely clear if it's wifi or proprietary).

    • http://mattcasto.info Matt Casto

      As a desktop 18" is too small, but Windows 8 does have great multi-display capability. I could see using this as a desktop machine with a 21" display beside it, then picking it up to be used as a (very large) android tablet.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

        Again, that sounds like an in-office solution, I don't think most people in homes are hooking up a 2nd monitor to their computers today.

        I'm just disappointed that they didn't stuff all of the computing internals into one physical tablet.

        • ssj4Gogeta

          Actually many people are now switching to laptops as their main computers with an external display.

    • http://twitter.com/jbradhicks Brad Hicks

      Absolutely agree. 18" is too big for something I'm going to carry with me, and too small for something I'm not. Combine that with Windows 1.2, excuse me, I mean Windows 8 (same thing) and it strikes me as a near-total disaster. It's a mildly cute piece of industrial design, but it's a completely useless product.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.baysinger Geoff Baysinger

    I could see using this in a full-time RV where you really want a single device that can multi-task. I -don't- see that audience being big enough to warrant this product. Catch-22. 

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    And it has a kickstand. I'm loving this.

  • Oliver Petruzel

    I definitely liked the whole Windows8-BlueStacks idea better.

    Oh well, I'm sure I'll still get my BlueStacks Android fix on any one of the other x86 Win8 tablets due out next year...

  • CeluGeek

    SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

  • olbp

    I'll buy it, but I would really (yes, really) like a larger screen. AT LEAST 23", and 27 would not bother me at all. And, the resolution should be considerably higher, perhaps 4K.

  • Dan

    I keep hurting myself trying to pronounce AiO.  Other than that, I love it.

    I also want a dock that provides just power and HDMI in.
     

  • Loren Cogar

    Where is the Infinity news?

  • JonJJon

    So this gives you the better performance and compatibility of the (crap) Windows 8 on 64bit hardware not ARM based (i.e. Intel Sandy bridge) while giving you an android experience of a tablet, interesting, and inventive, but not for me :). Windows 8 isn't for me (I'll be sticking with non-metro Windows 7 for as long as Microsoft keep a dumbed desktop OS coming out haha)

    • JonJJon

      Ofcourse this is just my opinion and not that of anyone else's (before I get flamed by someone who says Windows 8 is better than Windows 7, for me it is much worse, simple)

      • DCMAKER

        I think windows 7 was going backwards. It made certain menus and settings nearly impossible to find or went from 1-2 clicks away to 5-7 clicks away....why make things harder to get to?

        • JonJJon

          I find it works fine for me, my few days experience with Windows 8 (before promptly getting rid of it) was just frustrating and almost insulting to my work productivity. Using the Windows 7 search takes me to anything I want quickly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    Come on, ASUS, make this a 10.1 inch dual boot instead, please!

  • Freak4Dell

    Well, that's...stupid.

  • DCMAKER

    did anyone find that guy an idiot? He said 3 SD slots and 1920x1280 screen..wtf?

    • GigiAUT

      *Woman. That's not a guy.

  • JW

    You can't see any practical use for Android on a desktop? Really?