Computex 2013: Asus launches Transformer Book Trio hybrid that runs Android and Windows

The ongoing Computex 2013 tech show in Taipei saw Taiwan’s two leading computer manufacturer unveil their new generation of hybrid laptops. Just a couple of weeks before the event IDC predicted shipments of PCs, which include both desktops and laptops, would fall by 7.8% over the course of 2013. The rate at which people are choosing tablets over PCs has got the manufacturers worried and the shift towards hybrids seems like a natural choice. The Transformer Book Trio announced by Asus was its major launch this week at the tech show.

The notebook touted as the world’s first three-in-one mobile device has a removable display that measures 11.6”, once it’s pulled out of the keyboard it acts like a tablet. What’s more interesting is that it’s loaded with two operating systems, it can flip between Android Jelly Bean 4.2 and Windows 8. The slate itself features a 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor and an internal storage up to 64GB. A dedicated key lets the user change between the two different OS.

When in notebook mode it acts as a compact ultraportable with a full keyboard and a 1080p HD display. It can also be docked with a PC station that turns it into a desktop, in this mode it utilises the hardware stacked inside the station which includes a powerful 4th-gen Intel Core i7 and 750 GB of internal storage. It even has sports a connection port for external display and charges the slate when it’s docked-in. The pricing and availability hasn’t been disclosed by Asus but it’s expected to hit the markets by Q3 2013.

[Via – BBC]