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ASUS throws in the kitchen sink with the Transformer Book V

Probably one of the most interesting products that you will see come out of this year’s Computex has just been announced by ASUS. You could say that the Transformer Book V has a bit of an identity crisis, because as its name implies, it features five different operating modes. It can operate as a Windows notebook, Windows tablet, Android smartphone, Android tablet, or Android notebook.
 
First, let’s start off with the tablet/notebook portion. The 12.5” tablet itself has a third generation Intel Core processor onboard and runs Windows 8.1. The display is 1080p and it has a 128GB SSD that works in conjunction with a 1TB HDD for storage duties.
 
According to ASUS, the tablet is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of runtime via its 28 watt-hour battery. Additionally, the tablet can be converted into a notebook using the included keyboard dock.
 
The smartphone features a 5” display, 64-bit Intel quad-core Moorefield processor, up to 64GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and Android 4.4 KitKat.

Plugging the smartphone into the tablet allows you to access the full Android interface (hence the Android tablet mode), while inserting the smartphone/tablet combo into the keyboard dock gives you in essence an Android notebook.
 
We’re still not sure as to how well this is going to work in the real world, but we’re sure that there are at least a few enthusiasts out there that are hip to the idea of a Windows/Android convergence device.

Source: ASUS



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horrible
By cmatth on 6/2/2014 8:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
What a ridiculous idea. You'd be better off buying the items separately and not needing the phone to power the tablet.




RE: horrible
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/2/2014 8:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
You don't need the phone to power the tablet. The tablet is already running Windows 8.1 by itself. Docking the smartphone with the tablet just allows you to access Android.


RE: horrible
By karimtemple on 6/2/2014 9:00:31 AM , Rating: 2
This is overengineered. I'm picturing a man in a commercial saying "I want a Windows tablet and an Android tablet. But why do they have to be separate devices?" Then I pop out and say "SAID NO ONE EVER."


RE: horrible
By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 9:03:33 AM , Rating: 2
If the price is decent, I would use it. Not for the Android part, but it would be nice to have a laptop, pop the screen off and go tablet mode. My guess is the additional integration will drive the price higher than it's worth to me though. Note the lack of price listed above.


RE: horrible
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/2/2014 9:08:54 AM , Rating: 2
Well, ASUS already makes convertible tablets that do what you ask, and they're cheaper.

But I'd probably rather have a Surface 3 Pro over a third-party solution in that case anyway.


RE: horrible
By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 10:15:15 AM , Rating: 2
Ya, the SP3 or Yoga 2 Pro is looking like the best bet at this point for me anyhow.


RE: horrible
By hughlle on 6/2/2014 9:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
Speak for yourself. For casual use i want an android tablet, but i also need a wondows laptop and potentially tablet (was looking at surface pro 3). I would love to be able to have both in "one" device.


RE: horrible
By Motoman on 6/2/2014 1:12:55 PM , Rating: 2
I would tend to agree, but I do have one friend that for years has used the hell out of a Droid phone and it's laptop-docking thing. He just pops the phone into the laptop dock and then *poof* - full size laptop, that apparently works just ducky for doing email and whatever other general usage.

I can't ever see myself doing any such thing, granted that I'm always going to be carrying around a real laptop anyway. But he loves that stupid thing.


RE: horrible
By makius on 6/4/2014 3:04:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
This is overengineered. I'm picturing a man in a commercial saying "I want a Windows tablet and an Android tablet. But why do they have to be separate devices?" Then I pop out and say "SAID NO ONE EVER."


I want a Windows tablet and an Android Tablet. But why do they have to be separate devices?... Just said it.


To clarify
By FITCamaro on 6/2/2014 7:43:18 AM , Rating: 2
Plugging the smartphone into the tablet and then into the keyboard dock results in an "Android notebook". Not just plugging the tablet into the keyboard dock by itself.




RE: To clarify
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/2/2014 7:52:54 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks, I tweaked the sentence it to make it clearer.


28 KWH ?
By mjr on 6/2/2014 9:30:40 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
According to ASUS, the tablet is capable of delivering up to 10 hours of runtime via its 28 kWh battery


I think that may be 28 Amp Hours.

From the Tesla website
quote:
The battery pack in the Tesla Roadster is the result of innovative systems ... The pack weighs 990 pounds, stores 56 kWh of electric energy


It's very unlikely that the battery weighs almost 500 lbs. At 10 volts, 100 amp hours = 1 KWH. Tesla has the battery down to a little over 2 lbs per KWH. At 28 amp hours that would be over 1/4 of a lb, which is something most people can carry.

Just my USD 0.02 worth




Clever Asus
By astrodemoniac on 6/2/2014 2:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
They just flipped the middle finger to Google and Microsoft at the same time, in the most elegant manner.

See people, there is a back story to this and it's called the Duet TD300 which asus announced back in January, but were forced to cancel due to pressure from both Google and Microsoft as neither company wants a dual boot device.

Asus have now brilliantly found a way to circumvent that, by putting the Android part in a "separate" device.... I for one applaud them and will support their effort to bring what the consumer wants despite corporate foolishness.

BRAVO ASUS.... BRAFREAKINGVO!




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