Asus Transformer Book V: a Windows and Android hybrid 5 mode laptop
Asus has announced the world’s first five-mode, 3-in-1 converged laptop dubbed the Transformer Book V (five!), at a pre-Computex press event today in Taiwan.
The device is essentially a mash up of a 2-in-1 Windows hybrid laptop with a detachable Android phone. The laptop itself sports a 12.5-inch HD IPS display with a full QWERTY keyboard and touch pad. It runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 and a dedicated button allows users to easily and quickly switch between the two operating systems. Once the keyboard is detached an on-screen icon lets you switch OSes.
Here are the main specs of the tablet/ notebook part of the device:
- Intel Core processor
- 4GB of RAM
- 28Wh battery for up to 10hrs of web browsing time
- 128GB SSD
- 1TB HDD in the battery-less keyboard
The smartphone, which can be used to power the 0.8kg tablet, is a 5-inch Android 4.4-only phone, which Asus claims to be the world’s first 5-inch LTE smartphone powered by an 64-bit Intel quad-core Atom chip. Measuring 11mm-thick and tipping the scales at 140g in weight, the device packs a 2,500mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage and an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front shooter. The user can access the phone’s storage within Windows the same way as any other Android phone plugged into a Windows device, allowing easy access and data share between devices.
Unfortunately, there is currently no information on pricing or availability at this time, but as usual, we will keep you posted with any updates.
Along with the Transformer Book V, Asus also announced other hardware including a new Zenbook NX500 which packs a 4K screen and Core i7, the Transformer Book T300 Chi, a 2-in-1 laptop which Asus is touting as the world’s thinnest tablet, and whole new Fonepad and MeMO Pad series.