Imagine a PC that runs Android and Windows 8, and you can switch between them by the flick of a switch. Asus not only created this hybrid, they made sure it was a powerhouse. The Asus Transformer All-in-One contains plenty of features that PC or Android could not have supported alone; the transformer has been dubbed as having a split personality and will be available in the market within the first quarter of 2013, which is to say in a couple of months.
The Asus Transformer All-in-One has the following features:
- Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor
- 3rd generation Intel Core (i3, i5, and i7 will all be available in different versions of the product)
- 18.5″ IPS 1080p display (maximum resolution 1920 x 1080)
- 10 Point Multi-Touch Support
- Undockable Tablet with a battery life of about 5 hours
- PC Base Station
- Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
- Secondary Display Support
Those are just the features that make this hybrid stand apart. The Asus Transformer All-in-One is a commendable attempt by Asus to bring the best of both worlds together on a single platform. Asus announced this hybrid at CES 2013, and has successfully invoked curiosity in several circles.
While the 18.5 inch tablet is mounted on the PC base station, you can switch between Android and Windows 8, place your wireless keyboard and mouse under the monitor, and use it as any other PC. The display is slick, and the powerful processors ensure this system could handle anything. The Windows 8 has a touch friendly interface, so even docked; the touch screen factor comes into play.
You can undock the tablet from the PC base, and it automatically turns into a Tablet running on Android. If you are near the PC base, you could still switch to Windows 8 mode, as the base will connect with the Tablet through WiFi. The size and weight of the Tablet can be a bit of problem, as most people are not used to carry 18 inch Tablets with them.
For people that do a lot of travelling and are consistently using their Tablets while in transition, this may not be the best option. However, people that need a powerful PC and the occasional tablet need to look no further.
The Asus Transformer All-in-One is announced at a time when Nvidia introduced Tegra 4. Considering how powerful Tegra 4 processor is, maybe Asus would look into replacing Tegra 3 with Tegra 4 in their next batch of hybrids to make it lighter and smaller.
Since this is the first of its kind in what we can hope to be a long line of hybrids, this can be considered as a technology of the future. There are talks of possible future hybrids that may be able to run both operating systems simultaneously, but it all depends on how Asus Transformer functions and how it is received in the market. Gamers might want to look into this device once it hits the stands.
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