ASUS re-announced at IFA today a slew of new devices, some of which aren't actually new. We first heard about the Transformer Book Trio back in June when ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih introduced just under a dozen products in under an hour. The Transformer Book Trio is billed as a"three-in-one" ultraportable, though there are only two pieces - a tablet and a keyboard dock. If you're familiar with the ASUS Transformer line of products, there is nothing new about this form-factor.


What is new is the way this device can be used by one person as a laptop or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC, due to fact that the keyboard dock isn't useless when the tablet is detached. Users can switch between Android and Windows 8 at the press of a button (one guess which OS I prefer), and they can still use the latter with just the keyboard dock by plugging in an external display via Mini DisplayPort or micro HDMI.


Android 4.2 is crammed into the tablet portion of the Transformer Book Trio and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Buyers will get to choose between 16, 32, and 64GB of storage space.

Windows 8 rests in the keyboard dock and is powered by an Intel Core processor (up to i7). This section has 4G of RAM and up to 1TB hard drive. Though the operating systems are stored separately, user data can be accessed from either one.

Thanks to the two separate batteries, users can expect 13 hours of battery life under Android and 5 under Windows. The screen itself is a 1080p display crammed into an 11.6-inch display. That may not be top-of-the-line for Android, but it's very impressive for Windows 8.

As for pricing and availability, well, ASUS has yet to share those details.

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Trio ‘Three-in-One’ Ultraportable

Unique 11.6-inch ultraportable combines a detachable Android tablet with a keyboard dock that is also a self-contained Windows 8 desktop PC

Berlin, Germany (4th September, 2013) — ASUS today announced Transformer Book Trio, a new breed of ultraportable device with a two-part dockable design that can be used by one person as a laptop, or by two people as a separate tablet and desktop PC. With the ability to switch between Windows 8 and Android at the press of a button, Transformer Book Trio offers unmatched three-in-one flexibility for users who want the best of all mobile worlds.


Dual processors and dual operating systems

ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor for seamless multi-tasking performance and outstanding energy efficiency in Windows 8 laptop mode. When it’s time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch display detaches from the ‘PC Station’ keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom™ dual-core processor and up to 64GB of solid-state storage.

With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated ‘Trio’ key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating systems via the tablet’s storage. Unlike other dockable ultraportables, Transformer Book Trio’s PC Station is not dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can be used as a self-contained desktop PC featuring Windows 8, which means two people, in two different places, can use the Transformer Book Trio at the same time.


Full HD multi-touch display and SonicMaster audio technology

ASUS Transformer Book Trio’s 11.6-inch display features a crisp Full HD resolution with IPS technology for vibrant and accurate color with wide 178-degree viewing angles. 10-point capacitive multi-touch gives instant fingertip control with both Windows 8 and Android, while the backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpad ensures comfortable productivity use. With stereo speakers and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology in both the PC Station and tablet, Transformer Book Trio also delivers rich and detailed sound with video, music and games.

Power-packed portable performance

ASUS Transformer Book Trio does not sacrifice portability for the sake of versatility — or vice versa. With 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 in the PC Station, plus 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 in the tablet display, Transformer Book Trio cuts the need for cables, no matter which mode it’s used in. Separate batteries in each part also maximize mobility, and Transformer Book Trio has up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • NotTheTodd


    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      ASUS has yet to announce either one.

      • Joshua

        That is the only stuff I've been waiting for since they announced this for the first time. I really wish they would hurry things up.

      • NotTheTodd

        Thanks - just saw the full release in the article. Until that's announced, this is just vaporware...

        • Ezzy

          If you have dozens of them to show the press, it is not really vaporware, and they do not have a tendency of not releasing stuff after they announce something.
          They jut have an insane portfolio of devices in general, no wonder it takes time to churn them out. I cannot recall half of the devices they announced today if it killed me, and I was in the room :D Utter nonsense.

  • atlouiedog

    This is kind of neat, but I'm not sure that I want to replace both my laptop and tablet on the same schedule. In two years the laptop side will still be good, but I'm guessing the tablet will be pretty behind with the way that market is currently moving.

    • Joshua

      No confirmation, but just imagine if the next generation tablet is compatible with the previous generation dock. It would allow you to have the best of both worlds. Keeping my fingers crossed here. Also, I know I made this up, so I won't whine about it if it doesn't exist. I recognize when I'm speculating.

      • atlouiedog

        That would be great and I hope it happens. I would very seriously consider switching to that kind of setup. Decades of buying consumer electronics won't allow me to hold my breath on them thinking that far ahead though.

        • Joshua

          Then let's start our own electronics company, with blackjack and hookers! Naturally, all hookers will be backwards compatible with previous generations of humans, although some of the drivers of that generation may be a little janky and require some additional hardware to operate correctly.

    • Ezzy

      Market does not matter, your own use does. In your use it might not be obsolete in a year.

  • Daniel

    I wish I could use Windows in a tablet mode though, like if the tablet could be fitted in the dock backwards and folded down to cover the keys.

  • Nicktrance

    I believe the ability to have the tablet and the keyboard dock function separately was already unveiled at computex. Here's AP's own Computex article: http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/03/asus-unveils-dual-cpu-i7-haswellatom-dual-os-windows-8android-dual-storage-1tb64gb-11-6-transformer-book-trio/

    "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."

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      Yes, I wasn't referring to that detail being new news-wise. It's new product-wise (as in, this is why someone hearing about the device for the first time should care).

  • neolid

    I already want to install Linux on this one. Hopefully, Ubuntu with Mir and Unity Next, optimized for touchscreens, would be available by the time the Trio is shipped.

  • Jose Torres

    "This section has 4G of RAM and up to 1TB hard drive. Though the operating systems are stored separately, user data can be accessed from either one."

    So this means that Android OS has potential access to the 1TB as well, or just specific data on that drive? If this is true then why also offer 16/32/64 gb separately for Android?

    • David Hart

      Because companies try to make the sheeple think that the GB costs a lot.

      It's the easiest way to ave multiple price points.
      It blows me away how you can buy a 64GB msdc for about $65, but the difference between a 16GB device and a 64GB device can be around $150-$300

      Manufacturers should push to only make devices with a minimum of 64GB, more demand, less cost.

  • Mark

    Not sure why I would want Windows 8.

    • Yousef

      Windows 8. NOT RT. FULL WINDOWS 8. This is awesome! You can use windows 8 for programs that aren't on android or for heavy programs and stuff, and android for lightweight browsing.

      • David Hart

        I think I would be more inclined towards just getting a decent laptop.. I already have an android phone/tablet.

  • Niels

    I hope you'll have the option to choose an SSD as internal storage. That'd totally make the deal for me!
    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for generation 2 or 3, my laptop still has a lot to give :-)