Brits who can't decide between an Android tablet and a Windows PC soon won't have to. ASUS has announced that it's bringing the Transformer Book Trio to the UK on November 11th for £900 ($1,440) through Amazon, Ebuyer and John Lewis. While the dockable tablet on offer isn't quite as powerful as what we saw in Taiwan, it's still no slouch. The base Windows 8 PC carries a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive; detach the 11.6-inch 1080p display and you're carrying an Android 4.2-based tablet with a 1.6GHz Atom, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. ASUS hasn't said if or when the Trio will reach the US, but the UK release gives us hope that the multi-role PC will arrive stateside before too long.
ASUS Announces Transformer Book Trio 'Three-in-One' Ultraportable
Unique 11.6-inch ultraportable combines a detachable Android tablet with a keyboard dock that can also be used as a self-contained Windows 8 desktop PC
London, United Kingdom (31st October, 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. It will go on sale on 11th November for £899.99.
Dual processors and dual operating systems
ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design, and is 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 16GB 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 system's 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
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 doesn't 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.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The ASUS Transformer Book Trio will be coming to the UK on 11th November 2013 from £899.99 available online from Amazon, Ebuyer and John Lewis.
PC Station: Windows 8
Tablet: Android 4.2
PC Station: Intel Core i5 4200U
Tablet: Intel Atom Z2560
PC Station: Intel HD Graphics 4400
11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS with capacitive 10-point multi-touch
PC Station: 4GB DDR3 (1600MHz) with RAM 500GB HDD
Tablet: 2GB LP DDR2 RAM (1066GHz) with 16GB onboard storage
Rear 5MP with auto-focus and 1080p Full HD video recording
Front 720p HD camera
PC Station: 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, 2 x USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Micro-HDMI 1.4, 3.5mm headphone/mic
Tablet: 802.11n (2.4GHz), Bluetooth 3.0, Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone/mic, microSD card slot
PC Station: Stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology, digital mic
Tablet: Stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster technology, digital mic
Accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope, e-compass
PC Station: 33Wh lithium polymer
Tablet: 19Wh lithium polymer
Size & weight
PC Station: 304.9 x 193.8 x 13.4mm, 1kg
Tablet: 304.9 x 193.8 x 9.7mm, 700g
1 Specifications and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.