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Asus lets loose trio of Windows and Android hybrid laptops

Asus has revamped its Transformer lineup with three new hybrid laptop/tablet devices that should appeal to Android and Windows users alike.

The Transformer Book T300 is a Windows-based laptop that turns into a tablet with the click of a button, while the Android-based Transformer Pad does the same. The Transformer Book Trio, meanwhile, might appeal to the indecisive, as it can switch between Android and Windows.

The Transformer Book T300 runs Windows 8 and features a 13.3in, 1,920 x 1,080 full HD display with with capacitive 10-point multi-touch. When necessary, the display lifts up off the keyboard to function as a tablet, though at 13.3in, it won't exactly slide into your pocket.

The T300's rear camera features full HD 1080p, while the front-facing camera captures in 720p. Consumer can get up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 64, 128, or 256GB of NGFF SSD. There's also the choice of Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 chips. It runs an Intel Graphic HD 4000.

The tablet portion of the T300 features 802.11n, optional Bluetooth 4.0, a USB 3.0 port, a Micro-HDMI 1.4 port, a microSD card slot, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The dock also includes a USB 3.0 port.

For the Android fans, the Transformer Pad is a bit more portable, with a 10.1in, 2,560 x 1,600 display that also lifts off a keyboard dock. It runs a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 T40X processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

There's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with auto focus and 1080p full HD video recording, and a 1.2-megapixel front camera with 720p HD video recording. The tablet includes a micro-HDMI port, 3.5mm headphone jack, while the dock includes a USB 3.0 port and microSDXC card slot.

If you want the best of both worlds, meanwhile, the Transformer Book Trio lets you switch between Windows 8 and Android 4.2.

The Trio sports an 11.6in Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display with capacitive 10-point multi-touch.

The PC station runs an Intel Core, up to i7, and Intel HD Graphics 4000, as well as 4GB of DDR3 RAM with up to a 1TB hard drive. The tablet runs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2760, as well as 2GB LP DDR2 of RAM with 16, 32, or 64GB of onboard storage.

The device includes a 5-megapixel camera with auto-focus and 1080p full HD video recording, as well as a front-facing 720p HD camera.

The PC portion of the device features support for 802.11ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, as well as two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini DisplayPort, Micro-HDMI 1.4, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The tablet portion supports 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0, and includes Micro-USB 2.0, a 3.5mm headphone/mic, and microSD card slot.

Asus has also introduced its new line-up of large MeMO Pad tablets, which the company hopes can take the market by storm.