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ASUS is all about crazy devices that double as other devices -- take the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad, announced last week at MWC, for instance. Today the Taiwanese manufacturer has launched an equally outlandish entrant into the all-in-one PC market, the ASUS Transformer AiO.

By day, the AiO is a humble Windows 8 PC; by night (or, you know, whenever), it detaches from its stand to become an Android 4.1 tablet. That's because it's actually two devices in one -- the Windows side is powered by a third-generation Intel Core i5-3350P CPU (8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage), whereas the Android tablet UI runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip (2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage). Both operating systems come to life on the 18-inch 1920x1080 LED display, which makes the AiO the largest commercial Android tablet we can think of.

It's a little perplexing to see Windows 8 and Android side-by-side on this kind of device, not least due to Microsoft's keenness to promote Windows' tablet credentials. But ASUS is also touting the AiO's ability to run Windows 8 in remote desktop mode on the tablet UI, so you'll  have that option open to you while you're in tablet mode.

The ASUS Transformer AiO is due for release during the second quarter, and will be priced at $1299 in North America.

 

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ASUS Transformer AiO Windows 8 all-in-one doubles as an Android tablet

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Asus is really one of the few companies that think different atm. Not afraid to try new concepts and more often than not they hit a jackpot. I think this is quite a brilliant concept. You have your nice and quite powerful desktop and when u need it u can take huge tablet on the go. Like for using it in your bed or kitchen...

It is nice to see them innovate and this concept is decent. You get the full Windows 8 experience both in desktop and tablet form, but you also get the complete Android library of applications. This is all in a huge tablet. They could have done it with Windows RT, but at this point Google Play is superior to Microsoft Store.

Well what would be the point of having both full blown Win8 and Windows RT in tablet mode. Android actually brings something different to the table. Windows RT is pretty stupid idea.

Windows RT seems stupid now but anyone developing a new Modern/Metro app for Windows 8 can easily export a Windows RT app too, and I would expect that would normally be the case going forward.

I totally agree. I'm looking at getting a 10 inch tablet mainly for the house and upgrading my desktop. This could be my answer and at a reasonable price.

Very cool idea i must say. However, price point is very important for a combo device like this. Most people would be looking to cut costs by getting something that has many devices they would want in one. For $1300 you can get a more powerful windows desktop, a nicer/ larger monitor and a nexus 10 tablet. just saying.

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Just when you thought you've seen it all. This is interesting. But how is anyone going to tote an 18 inch screen anywhere besides from the office upstairs to the bedroom downstairs?

It seems to be more of a desktop sans tower than a tablet. I like the idea, and at $1300, it is a steal, considering the specs. Two thumbs up from MercDroid.

This is a great concept but I just think 18-inches is too big.

I would've preferred them to make a 13 or 15 inch windows 8 laptop that goes into android tablet mode when ejected from the keyboard dock.

The big question for me will be battery life. I'm not super excited about touting around an 18 inch screen, but since I have a 17 inch laptop with me and a Nexus 10 when I travel, eliminating one would be nice.

But I would have to get 8-10 hours out of it like I do with my tablet, and I don't see that happening with an 18 inch screen, even in "power saving" Android mode.

But sounds like the full pc part is in the dock so its just a big android tablet with rdp and a separate unimpressive desktop. Still, I love how innovative Asus is and can't wait to see more

lol. an 18-inch tablet. GTFO! :) I can't wait to see some clown walking around with an 18-inch tablet - I bet he'll be wearing clown shoes, too.

I like how Windows 8 is having such a hard time selling, that they need to couple it with Android to get people interested :). But good on Asus for looking outside the box.

I really like that idea, 18" tablet isn't small but for all that power in your hand its just the kind of concept that makes Asus stand out from the crowd. I love my Asus laptop (k55vd) and spend more time working on it than I do my desktop even if I am sat at my desktops desk. I'm not sure I could play something like NFS most wanted on it using the gyro as I bet its a bit hefty, but knowing Asus there will be game pad software on there somewhere and this is a product I wouldn't mind having even if it is windows 8. A shell install here a regedit there uninstall all the mobile apps and replace them with real PC software and it is a perfectly serviceable OS, no more flitting back and forth all my work is on the real desktop and I can't remember the last time I seen the stupid start window.

I don't think a 18 inch tablet is something you'd use "on the go" it isn't something you'd see in coffee shops or on a plane. I don't think the intended use is portable. I think this is a couch tablet. Something for use in the home. Just the use case I see for it.

What I'm more curious about is just how much of the OSes can you fiddle with before breaking the hell out of the duel booting tethered swapping aspects. Will that button on on the side still worth to swap boot if you load on Cyanogen mod? 4 Yeats down the line when Windows upgrades to the next version of windows will it work on this thing and keep the switching working?

I haven't seen a hybrid quite like this before. I might be interested. I like the ASUS android products I have... But I'll wait and read about what XDA finds after they tear it apart and fiddle with it first.

I've been following this since CES, and I'm very excited about it. However, seeing that its 2013 and this is a new product, I wish it had a Tegra 4 instead of the T3. Also, Nvidia is famous for their graphics card 'retagging', and that's the case with the 730m. A little google search and you'll see the 730m is quite possibly the retagging of the 640m LE (which is the same card being used in the new Razer's Edge Pro gaming tablet). Upon reading about Nvidia's Project SHIELD, it states that to use the streaming function between PC and the SHIELD, the user must have at least a 650. So, although I love this innovative machine, I wish it had a Tegra 4 and at least a 660Ti (for future proofing if the user ever wanted to buy a Project SHIELD). But that's just wishing. Anyways, I'm hoping I don't have to wait till June to get my hands on one of these.