Though Computex doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow in Taiwan, ASUS has already announced what is sure to be one of the more innovative products of the show: the Transformer Book Trio.
What makes the Transformer Book Trio interesting is its hybrid nature — hyped before the show as WeTransform — as a notebook, tablet, and desktop. In one mode the device is a Windows 8 ultrabook complete with an Intel Corei7 4500U, in the other it’s an Android Tablet powered by a 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580. Finally, in its third mode, it’s a desktop computer after detaching the screen and plugging in the keyboard/body contraption into a compatible monitor.
As far as specs go, the Transformer Book Trio has a 1TB HDD inside the main dock and 64GB of flash storage inside the tablet body. Having two different processors means it has two different batteries: a 33Wh pack for the dock and a 19Wh cell for the tablet (15 hours of battery life is promised).
It’s interesting that ASUS is choosing to use two different operating systems for the device’s two modes. Microsoft promised that Windows 8 would be a hardware agnostic OS, working equally well on both notebook and tablet platforms. ASUS’ decision to use Android for the Transformer Book Trio’s tablet mode is not a bill of confidence for Microsoft’s tablet efforts (granted: Windows RT lives only in the ARM ecosystem).
Local rival Acer is set to take the stage in Taipei later this week and may bring something to the show that competes directly with the Transformer Book Trio.
No word yet on an exact release date or pricing.