Asus has launched what it claims to be the “world’s first 3-in-1 notebook, tablet and desktop PC” here in the Philippines. The Asus Transformer Book Trio TX201LA runs Windows 8 when docked, and shifts to Android 4.2 Jelly when in tablet mode.

So, why call this a 3-in-1 device? For starters, the device acts pretty much like a normal laptop when its tablet/display component is docked to the keyboard. When detached, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS is then put into action, although there’s also a dual OS button (similar to the Samsung Ativ Q) for switching between the two platforms without undocking. Nevertheless, the Windows module resides in the keyboard dock. Users can simply connect it to an external monitor, and—voila!—they now have a desktop computer.

ASUS Transformer Book Trio TX201LA keyboard dock

Powering the device is an Intel Core processor with Intel HD 4400 graphics when running Windows. The tablet component, on the other hand, is handled by an Intel Atom Z2560 chip.

Official prices start at Php49,995 for the Core i5-4200U variant, with a Core i7-4500U version also available for Php54,995. Both come with the keyboard dock with 500GB HDD storage and the tablet component with 16GB eMMC internal storage.

[Source: Asus, Facebook]



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