Off all the Ultrabooks and convertibles unveiled this year, the Asus Transformer Book Trio is one of the most eye-popping and innovative convertible Ultrabook introduced this year. The Transformer Book Trio is not just your typical notebook/tablet hybrid, but it can serve as a desktop as well, truly an “all-in-one” machine. See features, specs, price, and availability below.
UPDATE: The Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA is now available, see here.
The Asus Transformer Book Trio is a detachable Ultrabook where you can remove the display panel and use it as a tablet. But unlike your typical detachable device where the keyboard dock becomes useless without the display, you can actually plug the PC Station (keyboard dock) to an external monitor via a Mini DisplayPort or micro HDMI, and it will serve as a self-contained desktop PC running on Windows 8. This means that two people can actually use the Transformer Book Trio at the same time (tablet + the PC station).
The Asus Transformer Book Trio’s tablet or display is an 11.6-inch multi-touch IPS display with Full HD resolution 1920×1080. The Tablet alone is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail dual-core SoC. It has 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The tablet also has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 720p HD front-facing camera, and is powered by a 19Wh lithium-polymer battery and weighs 700grams. Meanwhile, the PC Station (the keyboard dock portion) runs on Windows 8 and is powered by the latest 4th generation Intel Haswell Core processor up to Core i7 with 4GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage. Graphics processing is handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 that comes with the CPU. It comes with basic connectivity options such as WiFi 802.11ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Micro HDMI port, and a 3.5mm headphone/mic jack. The PC Station portion of the Transformer Book Trio is powered by a 33Wh lithium-polymer battery and weighs 1Kg.
When the Tablet is docked in the PC Station, you can use the Transformer Book Trio as an Android device or Windows 8 just by simply pressing the dedicated Trio button found in the PC Station (keyboard dock). It’s just like a regular Ultrabook or Notebook running on Android and Windows. And since both the tablet and the PC station has its own independent processor and operating system, it can be used by two people simultaneously at the same time. Watch the Transformer Book Trio in action below and check out its specs after the video.
Asus Transformer Book Trio Hands-On
Notice how fast it switches from Android to Windows and vice versa? The OS is actually physically separated. The Android is installed in the Tablet with its own processor, while the Windows is installed in the PC Station. By pressing the button you are just simply telling the Transformer Trio to switch from Andriod/Tablet to Windows/PC Station and vice versa.
Asus Transformer Book Trio Specifications
Price and Availability
Asus hasn’t disclosed yet the price of the Asus Transformer Book Trio but expects that this device won’t be cheap. It is also expected that the Transformer Book Trio will hit shelves starting sometime in October 2013. I’ll post an update once this device becomes available. So stay tuned and follow.
UPDATE: It’s now available in the US. The Transformer Book Trio TX201LA-DH51T-CA is only $1,299.99, while the TX201LA-DH51T-CC is only $1,199.99. For UK visits, see them here.