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Today at Computex 2013, ASUS' Chairman Jonney Shih gave birth to no less than 11 products in a span of less than an hour, a surprising rate of fire we're not used to even at flagship events like MWC or CES, let alone Computex. Not bad at all, ASUS.

Undoubtedly, the most interesting and important announcement was the Transformer Book Trio, "the world’s first three-in-one mobile device." The Trio actually consists of two pieces:

  1. An 11.6" tablet with a 1920x1080 IPS display and 64GB of internal storage onboard, powered by a mobile-friendly 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 chip (32nm Clover Trail+). The tablet runs Android Jelly Bean exclusively.
  2. A PC Station dock, which is much more than a dumb keyboard with a battery attached to it this time around. In fact, the dock contains a 4th generation Core i7-4500U (that's Haswell) chip and separate storage - 1TB HDD (though the probably outdated PR says 750GB). Update: ASUS told us the Trio will have both the 750GB and 1TB options. The dock runs Windows 8 exclusively.

Two batteries - 33Whr and 19.5Whr - are housed inside the units. It's not clear whether the larger battery is located in the dock or not, but that would be my guess.

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As you have probably already figured out, the Transformer Book Trio operates in three modes:

  1. Android tablet. The dock is not used in this configuration.
  2. Windows 8 laptop. In this configuration, the tablet is plugged into the PC Station dock and acts merely as a display. As with other Transformers in the past, the PC station dock charges the tablet.
  3. Windows 8 desktop PC, with the dock connected to an external monitor. The tablet is not used in this configuration.

As you can see, there is no dual-booting here but rather two devices with their own operating systems living in a symbiotic relationship. In fact, you can use the two separately and simultaneously if you go with configurations 1 and 3.

ASUS says the two OSes sync data to allow seamless web surfing and presumably file sharing. We would not have expected anything less - otherwise, this whole multi-OS experience would really get frustrating stat. Just how well they integrate with each other we'll have to see at a future time. Same goes for pricing and availability, as neither was announced today.

Are you impressed by the Trio? I must say it's a amusing evolution of the Transformer line with an interesting value proposition, but the verdict will depend on performance, availability, and, more importantly, price.

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  • Pascal PORTIER

    THIS is what i want for sooooo long !

  • Glen Ricky

    For a really complex device like this firmware should getting some attention. Just remember about problems in PadFone

  • arafsheikh

    ME GUSTA

  • Omer Tayfun

    Wow

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Apparently there is a physical button to swap between operating systems too - though it is not clear if this is on the keyboard dock of the tablet part itself.

    • PhilNelwyn

      It's on the keyboard dock.

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        Thanks :)

  • DeadSOL

    Well done, Asus!

  • Mark

    Not sure why I would boot the Windows 8 bit. Seems pretty useless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kay.own90 Khairol Helmi Taharim

      Boot windows 8 for
      -productivity, lag free, pc gaming, internet etc

      Boot Android for
      -Media, android gaming, apps, etc

      • Justin Swanson

        As others have said though, I'd be interested in Ubuntu variant for a lower cost (no Windows licensing)

  • jaduncan

    I'd purchase this with Ubuntu on the other partition.

    • neolid

      This. Though, I think there should be a way to replace Win8. Though, Ubuntu out of the box would make it less expensive.

      • jaduncan

        Yes, I think there's going to be some kind of XDA/Debian/Ubuntu hacker love-in until it all works nicely. I thought that would happen for the ARM Chromebook though, so you can never be sure.

      • adi19956

        The laptop part has a straightforward i7 processor, why won't Ubuntu work straight from Canonical?
        I run Ubuntu 13 from my Windows 8 laptop

    • Nicktrance

      Better yet, Ubuntu on one partition, Ubuntu Phone on the other.

      • jaduncan

        I'm waiting to see what happens with UP; at the moment it's too undeveloped to be able to make a judgement. I run full-fat Ubuntu on the N7 as a dual boot though.

        • neolid

          From what I've read on the Internet, Mir and the new Unity should be available as a preview in 13.10 release. I do hope that more stable Ubuntu Touch should be available by then as well. If only Canonical could manage to partner with OEM's capable of creating Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch hybrid devices with reasonable price tags.

  • Bakaouji

    This is going to be VERY expensive... Definitely 1K, maybe 1.5K...

    • CoolCustomer

      As long as the graphics card is comparable to a 800 - 1k laptop so it can do so upper-mid tier gaming 1.5k for this is a steal.

      • Matthew Fry

        yeah, right

  • Floflo

    They were already selling this other similar PC/Tablet hybrid: http://www.asus.com/AllinOne_PCs/ASUS_Transformer_AiO_P1801/
    However it was much too big for a tablet! This 11.6" one is much more interesting.

    Oops I just saw that you already published an article on that one. ( http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/07/asus-announces-the-transformer-aio-p1801-the-windows-8android-desktoptablet-hybrid-will-arrive-april-12th-for-1299/ )

  • troph

    Always great to see a company taking the initiative. "Inspiring Innovation" as a motto seems fitting.

  • basteagow

    Does it come with the models?

    (Sorry, I couldn't resist.)

    • Justin Swanson

      That's extra.

  • ike_beezy

    Seems quite interesting. I would consider it. I think its going to be pricey though. Mayne around that 1K mark

  • QwietStorm

    Asus really knows how to push things forward. If their name were Samsung, people would actually know about it.

  • Aalok

    "Are you impressed by the Trio?" you mean the two girls and the other guy, right?

  • sdf

    Now give me that with Ubuntu for android/phone instead of windows and I'll take it

  • DirgeExtinction

    This is actually very cool. I wonder if it'd be possible to upgrade a few parts.

    • Justin Swanson

      Maybe RAM on the doc? Possible to get the hard drive... can't wait to see a tear down.

  • wolfkabal

    I was all for this, then I realized, it doesn't actually run Windows 8 tablet mode. It only acts as a display for the Windows8 laptop (keyboard). Which I still think is a great step in the right direction, just wish it booted windows on the tablet side as well.

  • Sootie

    Love it!

  • Freak4Dell

    It's taken way too long for these types of devices to come to market. I'd have preferred the tablet be running Windows RT or something, but Android is still nice. Hopefully this trend becomes more popular.

  • Bloodflame87

    This is great! I'm in the market for a new ultrabook, and I've been thinking of getting another Android tab too - I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone here! My biggest concern would be upgradability on the PC part (RAM, HDD. maybe even CPU, though I imagine that would be soldered in). Performance might not stack up as well compared to the ultrabook I want (Asus UX32 with some hefty upgrades if anyone is wondering), but the ability to convert it to an Android tablet just might be enough to grab my attention. We'll have to see how this one plays out - in the mean time, I'll keep my money in savings :)

  • feitingen

    The difference between Dual Core and Dual CPU is pretty big. There is no way this one is Dual CPU.

    • Danny Blaney

      Read the description. It is dual cpu. It has an i7 and an intel atom.

  • Vidyut Prakash Maurya

    बहुत अच्छी कोशिश है। इससे यूजरों को बड़ा लाभ होगा।