ASUS yesterday announced Transformer Book Trio, a new 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.
Dual processors and dual operating systems
ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a metallic design, and is powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core processor 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 isn't dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can then be used as a self-contained desktop PC with Windows 8, which means Transformer Book Trio can be used by two people, in two different places, at the same time.
Full HD multi-touch display and SonicMaster audio technology
The device's 11.6-inch display features a Full HD resolution with IPS technology for colour performance with 178-degree viewing angles. Ten-point capacitive multi-touch gives instant fingertip control with both Windows 8 and Android, while the backlit keyboard and multi-touch touchpad are designed for comfortable productivity use. With stereo speakers and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology in both the PC Station and tablet, Transformer Book Trio is designed to deliver rich and detailed sound with video, music and games.
Power-packed portable performance
"The Trio doesn't sacrifice portability for the sake of versatility or vice versa," ASUS said. "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 maximise mobility, and Transformer Book Trio has up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five hours in Windows 8 mode."