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TAIWANESE COMPUTER MAKER Asus has announced UK pricing and availability for its Transformer AIO (all in one) PC following its unveiling earlier this year at CES.
The Transformer AIO takes its name from the Asus line of Android powered devices that convert from one device like a notebook PC into a tablet, such as the Transformer Pad Prime and Transformer Infinity. However, this Transformer is a little different, in that it runs both Android and Windows operating systems simultaneously and has a detachable 18.4in display.
The screen is LED backlit and has HD 1080p resolution supporting 10-point multi-touch and IPS display technology with 178-degree wide viewing angles.
On the inside there's a third generation Intel Core processor that runs Windows 8 for desktop PC use, along with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor for use as a tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Asus says the huge detachable display can "also be used as a standalone tablet around the home". But measuring 18.4in and weighing 2.4kg for the tablet alone, we can't imagine that many will be fans of this way of working. It's there nonetheless, even if it is more of a novelty. However, the Taiwanese firm makes it clear that the Transformer AIO is mostly intended for desktop PC use.
For desktop PC power, it has up to an Intel Core i7 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M graphics card along with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
ASUS Transformer AIO also features four USB 3.0 slots, dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.
An Asus representative told The INQUIRER that the transformer AIO "will be available for purchase sometimes between mid to end of April".
The Intel Core i5 powered model with 4GB of RAM and 1TB of storage will cost £999, while the next version with a Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 1TB of storage will cost £1,149, and the most powerful model having a Core i7 CPU with 8GB of RAM and 2TB of storage will set you back £1,299.
Asus said that in tablet mode the Transformer AIO has up to five hours' battery life. We've asked the firm to send us a review model so we can put this to the test, so check back soon for a full review. µ
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