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Asus officially unveils Transformer AIO tablet hybrid

The Taiwanese company has had a busy quarter and announced today the launch of its all in one PC with a detachable tablet.

The Transformer all in one desktop PC and standalone tablet was launched last year at Computex (and previewed earlier this year at CES 2013) but only managed to arrive in the UK today. The device is essentially an 18.4in tablet that runs Android (4.1 Jelly Bean) that transforms into a dumb display when hooked on to its Windows 8-powered base station.

The latter is powered by an Intel Core processor based on the Ivy Bridge architecture while the tablet runs on an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip. Why Asus didn’t choose to simply have a simple tablet running Windows 8 and docking to a dumb station is unknown.

The display is a full HD one with 10-point capacitive multi-touch and IPS technology. Other features include an Nvidia GeForce GT 730M with 2GB of RAM, a front facing camera, up to 8GB of RAM, a slot-in DVD drive, a 2TB hard disk drive while the tablet itself (which can be used independently from the base station) has 2GB of RAM and 32GB onboard storage.

The PC station has five USB ports, optional TV tuner, a card reader, a HDMI port, Wi-Fi, GbE and Bluetooth 4.0 while the tablet has a mini USB port, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth but no HDMI port. A 38Whr battery can power the tablet – which weighs a chunky 2.4Kg and is 18mm thick - for up to five hours.

Asus says that the tablet will launch in Q1 2013 in selected countries (which means that should it launch in the UK, it will happen over the next few weeks). As for pricing, it is likely that it will cost north of £1,000.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.