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ASUS Transformer AiO: Tablet Desktop

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 happens from 8-11 Jan 2013. It is the event for brands to showcase new and upcoming products. I have been receiving press releases and glancing the product information as they arrived, and the ASUS announcement caught my attention with the Transformer AiO. Basically, it’s an All-in-One desktop PC with a display that can be detached and works like a tablet.

A convertible Windows device is nothing new, but ASUS doesn’t stop there. The tablet can run on either a Windows 8 powered by Intel core or an Android 4.1 powered by Tegra 3 processor!!! According to the press release, when the Tegra-powered tablet is undocked from the PC Station, you can continue to access Windows 8 via Wireless Remote Desktop

They call it “the world’s first all-in-one PC with a detachable tablet”. At 18.4 inch, I say it’s also the world’s largest Android tablet!

Specs from the press release:

Transformer AiO Tablet

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 18.4” Full HD multi-touch display with IPS technology
  • NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 processor
  • 32GB user storage with microSD card slot
  • 294 x 466 x 18mm
  • 2.4kg

Transformer AiO PC Station

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processor
  • NVIDIA® GT 730M (2GB) graphics
  • Up to 8GB DDR3 (1600MHz) RAM
  • Up to 2TB SATA hard drive

ASUS is really expanding the Transformer concept, and its innovation impresses me.

From the press images, it appears the PC station also has an optical drive, and I believe there will also be a myriad of I/O connectors and ports. More will be revealed when (and if) I receive a review unit.

Press Release (abridged):

CES 2013, Las Vegas, USA (7 Jan 2013) – ASUS today announced the Transformer AiO at CES 2013, the world’s first all-in-one PC with Windows 8 and a detachable 18.4-inch display that doubles as a standalone Android tablet. ASUS also announced the Qube with Google TV media streamer that brings a wealth of online entertainment content to HDTVs, the PA249Q ProArt and VG248QE Fast Gaming monitors, and the WL-330NUL Pocket Router – the world’s smallest router that gives easy wireless connectivity to travelers.

ASUS Transformer AiO — the world’s first all-in-one PC with a detachable tablet

Transformer AiO is the world’s first All-in-One PC with a detachable display that doubles as a standalone tablet for three distinct modes of use. Transformer AiO is a fully featured desktop PC with Windows 8, and is powered by a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor with NVIDIA® GT 730M graphics for outstanding multi-tasking and entertainment performance. The 18.4-inch Full HD IPS display delivers brilliant images with 178-degree wide viewing angles for easy enjoyment with friends and family, while ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensures an immersive listening experience with music, movies and everything in between.

With its display detached from the desktop PC Station, Transformer AiO instantly becomes a king-size tablet with two different operating systems to suit different tablet needs. Wireless Remote Desktop technology maintains a high-speed wireless connection to the PC Station for complete remote control of Windows 8 using the multi-touch display. Alternatively, Transformer AiO seamlessly switches into a self-contained Android 4.1 tablet with an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor at the touch of a button. The integral handle makes it easy to carry the tablet from room to room and a built-in stand keeps the display at the perfect angle for tabletop use.

ASUS Transformer AiO will be available from Q1 2013.

Chester blogs for XINMSN.

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