News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 02, 2014.
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ASUS has been no stranger to the idea of dual-purpose devices, as evidenced by its Transformer tablets and Padfone smartphones that can power a tablet. Now ASUS has introduced a new product that is a smartphone, tablet, and laptop capable of running Android and Windows 8. The Transformer Book V is a new hybrid device that starts as an Android smartphone with a 5-inch display. It has an Intel Atom quad-core processor, a 2,500 mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat software.
Like the Padfone, the ASUS Transformer Book V is capable of sliding into a special shell that can turn it into a tablet. Users have the choice of running an Android tablet or a Windows 8.1 tablet. The tablet can even run independently of the phone in Windows mode, but the Google Play Store-infused Android mode requires that the phone be docked into the shell. The tablet accessory has a 12.5-inch HD IPS display with 128GB of storage. The laptop mode further adds more options by docking the tablet into a keyboard with trackpad that can be used to run Windows 8.1 OS or Android. It also adds 1TB of storage. The devices are capable of switching modes and sharing photos, documents, and other files in storage.
While ASUS has undoubtedly created the most unique smartphone, tablet, laptop workflow on the market, whether that product will ever actually be released remains to be seen. ASUS has repeatedly exhibited hybrid devices at events like Computex, but the company has elected not to release its dual-booting products because of pressure from both Microsoft and Google. Will this finally be the device that offers a converged experience for everything that ASUS has to offer? Details about price and availability have yet to be announced.source: ASUS
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.