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Asus Transformer AiO Does Android 4.1 And Windows 8 Dance

Edwin Kee
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Asus lays claim to the world’s first device that runs Windows 8 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, depending on your need at that point in time. The Asus Transformer AiO (All in One) would make for an interesting addition into any home or office, and it does its name justice too, as the Asus Transformer AiO can switch from Windows 8 to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a simple button click.

Versatility is the name of the game with the Asus Transformer AiO, where the tablet bit of it will sit on a PC docking station, and when you pair that up to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, it will work like a normal desktop machine. Of course, when you need to head out of the office and work in a far more casual and relaxed manner, just remove the tablet from the PC docking station, and you’re good to go. The tablet as well as PC docking station comes with their own processors, hence the ability to work independently.

The “tablet” bit might be a wee bit large to carry around for everyday use, as it measures a whopping 18.4”  in size, with a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor running the show. You would most probably strain your hands after a while with its notebook-like weight of 5.28 pounds. Well, at least you get the option of being flexible, especially at the office where it makes far more sense to lug the tablet bit around instead of the entire desktop to a different room.

What other kind of hardware specifications does the Transformer AiO come with? The tablet sports a LED backlit display at Full HD resolution alongside 10-point touch, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, and a mini USB 2.0 port. As for the PC docking station, it is far better equipped (naturally), with a third generation Intel Core i5-3350P quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, integrated speakers, an optical drive, an SD memory card reader and an HDMI port. There is a button located on the side of the device which allows you to switch between Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Windows 8 operating systems.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether the idea of the Transformer AiO is able to take off in a big way or not, since this is pretty much unchartered waters. I suppose Asus has been rather bold in recent times, what with the Asus Taichi that fuses a tablet and a notebook, and here we are with the Transformer AiO that intends to work as a tablet and a desktop in different times. The market will ultimately decide the fate of the Transformer AiO, but it certainly deserves the “world’s first” claim for such a device.

All in all, the Asus Transformer AiO is set for a Q2 release in North America at $1,299 onward.

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  • Dvoraak Mar 7, 2013 Link

    This is an odd direction for Asus to take. It's over twice as large as the best selling (Android) tablets but small for a PC display. It's inconvenient when traveling and when at home on it's base. Add the fact that, while offering two seperate OS's, those two aren't well integrated with each other so I can't see this really being any kind of seamless experience between PC and tablet. This is where Android's weaknesses will begin to show as OEMs and their customers look for integration in their computing. It's early yet, but Android is the least well positioned of the 3 major players to give a seamless experience from home to travel.

    I love my Note 2 but I've already given up on Android as a good tablet option. Why scale back my handheld computing when there are excellent, full powered Windows 8 hybrids that offer the very best of PC and tablet capabilities. This new Asus AiO for example runs on an i5 processor when it's docked, while the Windows convertible laptop I just ordered runs on an i7 CPU at all times and gives me all the power of Windows. With a quick slide motion the keyboard is there when I want it and gone when I don't. All with a profile that's only 17.85 mm thick. If this Duo 11 does the job as well as I think it will, it's honestly just a matter of time 'till I get a Windows phone to complete and integrate my experience.

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  • Edwin Kee Mar 7, 2013 Link

    Interesting insight, Dvoraak! :)

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  • Jessica Szempruch Mar 10, 2013 Link

    This is a bold move, and one that I would be curious to tinker with, but it appears to be highly impractical, so I can't see it making its way into homes en masse. Their just might be niche audience salivating over this; should be fun to follow the progress, or lack thereof, with this one.

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