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Computex: Asus Transformer Book V is a 3-in-1 laptop, tablet and smartphone

Claims to be the world's first laptop to have five modes
Mon Jun 02 2014, 10:05

TAIPEI: ASUS HAS UNVEILED what it claims is the world's first laptop, tablet and smartphone all-in-one device, the Asus Transformer Book V.

In true Asus style, the company's CEO and president Jonney Shih introduced the three-in-one device with all the usual theatrics, as you'll see in the video below, announcing that the device comprises a 5in Android smartphone powered by a 64bit Intel chip which slots into the back of a dual OS Windows and Android two-in-one laptop and tablet.

Asus Transformer Book V runs Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4

"The tablet can be used independently and when combined with a keyboard dock it turns into an Android laptop and with the switch of a key will turn into a powerful Windows laptop for ultimate productivity," Shih said in the press conference, flashing the big shiny device to hundreds of attendees.

Touted as the "perfect device for multitaskers", the Asus Transformer Book V is aimed at being more flexible for users to switch between work and entertainment in one device.

"Its revolutionary and elegant design comprises a laptop with a detachable 12.5in screen that becomes a separate tablet and a 5in smartphone that docks into the tablet," Shih added.

As a laptop, the Asus Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 Kitkat. A dedicated hardware button means it can instantly switch between the two operating systems. When in laptop mode, there's storage of up to 1TB.

The device packs a 12.5in IPS display and is powered by an Intel next generation Core processor, which is unnamed for now, but could well be the upcoming Broadwell chip, expected to launch this autumn.

When the Asus Transformer Book V is in tablet mode, it also works as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet and an Android 4.4 Kitkat tablet, but only when the phone is docked. Users can switch between the two operating systems with a tap on the screen. The tablet alone has built-in storage of up to 128GB.

When just a phone, the Asus Transformer Book V runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, and Asus claims it is the world's first 5in LTE smartphone powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. The phone is also powered by a 2,500mAh battery that provides up to 10 hours of web browsing time, Asus said.

The 3-in-1 device with dual operating system support means it offers five different modes of an Android smartphone, an Android tablet, a Windows tablet, a laptop running Android and a Windows 8.1 laptop.

Asus did not give any pricing or availability details for the Transformer Book V but it's likely to hit the market this autumn if it is indeed powered by an Intel Broadwell chip and launches at the same time as the processor.

Asus today also unveiled the Tranformer Book Chi, which it is touting as the world's thinnest tablet. µ


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