Earlier this week Asus announced the Transformer Book Trio, which the company boasts as the “world’s first three-in-one mobile device.” According to The Verge, the Trio can be used in tablet, notebook, or desktop mode, and the device as a whole contains two Intel processors that are made to handle Android and Windows 8, depending on configuration.
When using the tablet portion alone, a 2GHz Intel Atom processor powers an 11.6-inch 1920 x 1080 display to run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Once the tablet is attached to the PC Station dock, the operating system can be switched to Windows 8 with the push of a button. In this mode, users have access to a full keyboard and the unit becomes powered by an Intel Core i7 Haswell CPU. Battery life in this configuration is said to last up to 15 hours, and 750GB or 1TB of hard drive space is available for use — up from the 64GB SSD found in the tablet. The PC Station dock can also be connected directly to an external monitor for a more desktop-like experience.
Pricing and a solid release date for the Asus Transformer Book Trio have yet to be announced, although Engadget reports that the device is expected to launch during the third quarter of this year.