Asus unveils intriguing Transformer Book Trio triple-format PC

Asus has unveiled a new device called the Transformer Book Trio, a product that exists in three modes, notebook, tablet and desktop PC. The tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and packs a 1,920x 1,080 IPS display; it attaches to an keyboard docking station, converting it to a Windows 8 PC. As a standalone unit, the base can be used to drive an external monitor wirelessly.

The latter runs on an Intel Core i7-4500U processor based on the Haswell architecture while the tablet portion runs on a dual-core Intel Atom Z2580 CPU clocked at 2GHz. What's puzzling is the fact that both OSes run concurrently but on what are essentially two different computers, which means that you can switch toggle between the two at will.

The setup reminds us of a KVM where you get two base units but only one keyboard, one mouse and one display. The rest of the configuration include 1TB hard disk drive, 64GB onboard storage, a 33Whr battery on the notebook and a 19.5Whr one on the tablet.

Asus hasn't say when the device will be available and at what price. It is also highly likely that it will be an expensive piece of kit since you're essentially buying two devices (a tablet and a laptop) that contains two sets of hardware.