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ASUS Transformer Book Trio with Windows 8 and Android

by Mark Tyson on 3 June 2013, 12:15

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), Windows 8, Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)

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Looking at ASUS’s main presentation slide, the ASUS Transformer Book Trio contains four duos which come together to make a trio... However the Trio name doesn’t come from its components (like the Trio biscuit), it comes from the modes in which this device can be employed; a tablet, a notebook and a desktop.

Today at Computex ASUS has shown off the Transformer Book Trio which it calls the “world's first three-in-one notebook, tablet, and desktop PC” as demonstrated by the diagram below.

Breaking it down into its constituents, the screen unit is an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 full HD tablet powered by a 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip. This tablet runs Android Jelly Bean, has a 64GB eMMC drive and a 19.5Whr battery.

The keyboard/dock is also a self-contained computer, sans screen. Inside the keyboard you have a Haswell i7 4500U processor and 1TB HD with Windows 8 installed as well as a 33Whr battery. The tablet portion can be docked with the keyboard and the whole unit looks like a standard laptop. When it is docked this way you can switch between Android and Windows OSes instantly by hitting a hotkey. The keyboard dock can also drive an external display wirelessly which I suppose gives us the third (desktop) mode.

Despite the two different OSes, and two different fixed disks on the laptop/tablet operations sides, ASUS says you can easily work in either of the modes and pick up and continue work in another mode. How this works wasn’t explained but it is probably a software specific cloud solution for common-or-garden office type documents.

The ASUS Transformer Book Trio has a claimed battery life of 15 hours in total. No pricing indications were given today but the product is confirmed to be available in Q3 this year.

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“This tablet runs Android Jelly Bean”

I'm pretty sure if you look at the picture it says Jelly Beam :D
“This tablet runs Android Jelly Bean”

I'm pretty sure if you look at the picture it says Jelly Beam :D

LOL you're right!

First I saw this I thought hmmm sounds interesting, then I realised the useful part was the keyboard dock, which is crippled by a spinning hard disk and so then I realised it'd spend 90% of it's time in the configuration of a mediocre Ultrabook.

If they could make me a tablet with just the 1 CPU (perhaps a Silvermont Atom) that could switch between Android on eMMC and Windows 8 on a proper SSD, without needing the dock, and make it weigh a bit less… then I might think it sounded like something else other than a mad fudge together.

Picking up work on another device is about as new as wheels… been doing that for years thanks to Dropbox, Google Docs and several other services of a similar ilk… Unless this thing has shared storage then it's just a marketing twaddle-about.
Like this device quite a bit, but I can't help thinking that it's a bit of a Heath-Robinson affair. What I would have preferred is trading back the storage for a tablet that could do Android and Windows8 (full version, not RT) natively. So drop the 1TB disk and slap a 256Gb SSD into the tablet.

Do Android as a “normal” tablet with a reboot needed for Windows8, and when in Windows 8 mode the Android bit could be done via some kind of virtual machine arrangement. As a consequence “demote” that keyboard dock to a mere accessory. So I guess what I'm looking for a Book Duo since the screenless “desktop” mode seems a little superfluous.

Kudos though, to Asus for doing something different … again.
Kudos though, to Asus for doing something different … again.

Certainly can't accuse Asus of not trying something new and different, if only every company were so bold…
Like other's have said, it's not *quite* there yet but it's close and looks good.

Can't imagine it's going to be anything other than pricey though…

I'm hoping this sort of multifunctionality will be par for the course in a few years' time…