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Users can use it as a portable tablet, and then simply click it into the base station to transform into an AiO

ASUS has announced a tablet/All-in-One (AiO) hybrid device based on its popular Transformer line.

The ASUS Transformer AiO combines the qualities of a tablet and an AiO PC. Users can use it as a portable tablet, and then simply click it into the base station to transform into an AiO.

The Transformer AiO features an 18.4-inch, 10-point touch LED-backlit IPS display, a 3rd generation Intel Core processor, a NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor for use as an Android tablet and ASUS SonicMaster technology for clear audio.

The ASUS Transformer AiO can also switch between the Windows 8 operating system and the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. In Android mode, the "display" can be removed from the base and used a standalone tablet. It can also be used in tablet mode while running Windows 8, however, it has to be within 30 feet or so of the base to communicate via Wi-Fi Direct.

Pricing and availability are unknown at this time.

Source: ASUS

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More info
By BugblatterIII on 1/8/2013 8:07:05 PM , Rating: 2

They say when it's undocked you can still use it as a Windows 8 tablet using Miracast or some alternative. I get the impression that's not a built-in feature but just something they can see users doing without too much trouble. I reckon using something like Splashtop would work well.

RE: More info
By Brandon Hill on 1/8/2013 9:44:05 PM , Rating: 4
I'll update the article shortly, as I just had some hands-on time with the device. When undocked from the base, it can run Android (all by itself) or Windows 8 using WiFi Direct and Splashtop (which was not working on the demo).

Range for WiFi direct in Windows 8 mode is around 30 feet.

RE: More info
By BugblatterIII on 1/10/2013 4:40:52 AM , Rating: 2
Excellent news that it's a built-on feature. Very jealous that you got to play with it!

Don't get it...
By GoD2.0 on 1/8/2013 7:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
so the arm procesor and android is only in tablet mode, and win 8 and intel procesor is only available while docked... that's like 2 devices sharing what? a memory card?

RE: Don't get it...
By Norseman4 on 1/8/2013 7:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
OK, this Frankenstein makes no sense to me, either. Undock, and you're Android, dock and you're Win 8.

It would make better sense to have the huge 10 tablet be win 8 pro with a decent sized SSD with the dock being a traditional style peripheral/charging station type dock with (better than HD Graphics 4000, extra HD/RAM, optical drive and wired network.

Easiest way to take you're work with you is to have compatible devices.

RE: Don't get it...
By TakinYourPoints on 1/8/2013 9:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
Its an uber-giant version of the Padfone from two years ago:

At least they're trying new things, goofy as they may be. Switching between Windows and Android is a bit strange though, it should be WinRT in tablet mode and Windows 8 when docked, not this Miracast business.

By Xponential on 1/8/2013 8:43:34 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but who the hell is gonna carry around an 18" tablet??

RE: Huh?
By aliasfox on 1/9/2013 11:28:55 AM , Rating: 2
This is for people who find the 27" Lenovo just a little too big!

RE: Huh?
By ElConquistador on 1/10/2013 11:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
You never know ... A few years ago, I would have said "Who the hell is gonna carry around a 5.5'' smartphone?"

Kinda cool
By mudduck454 on 1/8/2013 7:30:36 PM , Rating: 2
I am going to guess that the tablet has all the workings of an android tablet in it, you will be able to play all your android games on the couch. But when you put it in the docking station, I would like to thing all it does is take over the lcd display.

So instead of a dual boot, the docking station holds all the parts for windows, and uses the tablet as a monitor only, then when you undock it, it reverts back to the android tablet.

not a bad idea, but due to being a TF201 beta tester, I am a little Leary about jumping on-board with anything new ASUS puts out. I will wait for the second or third generation before I consider it. would make a good family computer, but not for my gaming.

RE: Kinda cool
By mudduck454 on 1/8/2013 7:38:34 PM , Rating: 2
After reading the official ASUS article, now I understand better. Even if you undock it, it runs windows 8, but since the tablet will have the tegra processor, you can switch it to android by pressing a button.

I will keep an eye on it, and hope to see it at a store so I can play with it a little, to see if it is any good.

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