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Taking things in a completely different direction to all the recent Samsung news, Asus have pulled the wraps off their latest Transformer device over at the Computex 2012 show in Taipei. We've seen teaser trailers for the "Next Transformations," along with the announcement of the Bluestacks integration with their Windows PC's that will give access to hundreds of thousands of Android applications. While the majority of Asus' Computex announcements are Windows 8 based, there is one that is quite, quite different. 

The Asus Transformer AIO is an 18.4-inch, all-in-one desktop PC complete with full touchscreen that runs Windows 8. So how does that affect us? The screen on the AIO detaches, and when it does, it turns into an 18.4-inch Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. 18.4-inches. 

So it isn't really that portable. But, at the same time, it offers a fully featured Windows PC and a fully featured Android 4.0 tablet. It's potentially an unusual use case, but also an interesting one. We love Android tablets -- figures -- but at the same time there is a distinct lack of productivity when using one. The ability to finish up working in Microsoft Office, then head down to the couch and catch up with your favourite Android applications without having to switch devices is an interesting thought. 

Details are pretty scarce, as Asus is keeping pretty tight lipped on this one. There's no word on price either, but we'll go out on a limb and expect it to be relatively high. Hopefully it's packing a pretty mighty battery if Asus are expecting people to use it away from the desktop dock.

Sadly, the AC crew didn't make it out to Taiwan to play with it for ourselves. Never fear though, we've found some hands on footage courtesy of the guys over at The Verge​ to give you a quick run down on what's what. 

via The Verge


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Sheesh... I don't see how the function of android would work with this. Maybe if it was a little smaller like Iuno... 10.1? Had the mobility of the prime I'd love it to pieces. This way I could play Diablo 3, then boot to android when I'm done and have my apps all in one device.

I would love a dual boot 7 or 8 inch tablet. A touch screen desktop PC would be annoying as hell.

I don't know how I feel about this yet. It's an awesome idea, but... a tablet that big... I would kind of feel like a little kid trying to finger paint for the first time everytime I used it.

I kinda feel it's like all the people using the Galaxy Note and saying it's a phone lol.

Seriously though for me the 10" tablets are a good size. I couldn't imagine my 4 year old trying to lug an 18" tablet around.

18" isn't that big. I could see sitting down on the couch with an 18" tablet on my lap for surfing.


Bad....assss.....! I've been wanting to get a new PC since my gf is the only one in the fam with a "real" computer. This would be perfect if the specs and resolution are right.

Wowzers this is a pretty large tablet..would I still buy it? Hells yeah.

Honestly this sort of reminds me of the days when I was able to dual boot my HTC Touch Pro 2 (Rhodium) to Windows 6.5 or Eclair.

Wouldn't a linux distro with access to all your android apps/data be better? Then plop the tab off of it and you got a tablet.

When you say "The screen on the AIO detaches, and when it does, it turns into an 18.4-inch Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich." you're completely missing the best part of this device.

When docked, you press the button on the top-left bezel to switch between Win8 and Android. Android is running on the "tablet" and Win8 is using the tablet as a display through the docking connector.

When NOT docked, you do exactly the same thing! Android is still running on the "tablet" and Win8 is still running on the base, but the tablet automatically creates a remote desktop session over wifi with the base.

It's both Android and Win8. All of the time. Just push the little button to switch back and forth.

Nice concept but I have noticed an ongoing lack of delivery issues with Asus. Where is the Transformer Infinity announced all these months ago? Probably the world will be on Windows 9 and Android Lollipop before this sees the light of day.

I'm in! My transformer eee has pretty much become my main device. Only use my desktop when doing accounting. If I'm doing cloud based activity my tablet is the device. And the older I get the bigger the screen needs to be.