Asus Combines A Smartphone, Tablet And Laptop Into One Crazy Device

transformerLaptops are getting thinner and thinner……tablets are getting thinner and thinner……smartphones are getting thinner and thinner…….heck we even have devices that can transform between a laptop and a tablet! When will enough be enough? When will we be satisfied with a standard form of technology? One that doesn’t have to be everything we want it to be in one awkward device? Well, if Asus has its way probably never as the company has just unveiled a new form that its latest device is capable of transforming into.

What I’m talking about is the Taiwanese PC maker’s newest device, which was touted as a transformer phone-tablet hybrid, meaning that it has the capability of being a phone one moment and then transforming into a tablet the next. Well it appears as if Asus wasn’t satisfied with just these two options as it has revealed that the device will also have a laptop form and the possibility of having Microsoft and Google’s ears perched as it could very well run both Windows and Android.

The device, known as the Transformer Book V, combines a 5″ smartphone running Android 4.4 with a 12.5″ Windows 8.1 tablet. The smartphone will slide into the tablet, enabling it to run the Android operating system. In addition to that, these devices can be combined with a keyboard dock, becoming either an Android or Windows PC. To switch between operating systems, the user will be able to simply push a button on the device. Asus was caught showing off the Transformer Book V on Monday, one day before Computex is set to open in Taipei. According to Asus Chairman Jonney Shih, “We love pushing boundaries”.

The tablet section of the Transformer Book V will come with an Intel Core processor as well as an HD display and 128GB of storage. When it is in laptop mode the device will have up to 1TB of storage with the smartphone portion running LTE connectivity and utilizing an Intel Atom quad-core processor and a 2,500 mAh battery.

Asus has yet to mention when the Transformer Book V will go on sale or what the price point is expected to be, or even if the device will actually see store shelves. Reports have been circulating about Asus canceling a Windows-Android hybrid device that it unveiled back in January. Known as the Transformer Book Duet TD300, this device was reportedly canned due to the fact that both Microsoft and Google both disliked the way that it could run both operating systems, which could be the very thing that damns the Transformer Book V.

Asus debuted another Windows PC convertible on Monday as well called the Transformer Book T300 Chi. This 12.5″ tablet has an attachable keyboard that is capable of turning into a laptop. The device is 14.3mm thick when in laptop mode and 7.3mm thick when in tablet mode and comes with an unspecified Intel processor, 4G LTE support and a 2560 x 1440 pixel display. In addition to that, Asus also showed off some new Android tablets, which included 7″ and 8″ variations of the company’s MeMO Pad.

The larger version, known as the MeMO Pad 8, weighs 299 grams and is 7.45mm thick, making it 10% lighter and slightly thinner than Apple’s iPad Mini with Retina display. In addition to that, the MeMO Pad 8 also has a metal coating, 4G LTE connectivity and a 1920 x 1200 pixel screen and uses an Intel Atom quad-core processor (the Z3580) running at 2.3GHz.

The smaller MeMO Pad 7 also uses an Intel Atom quad-core processor (the Z3745) running at 1.86GHz. In addition to that, this device weighs in at 295 grams, which is less than the 8″ model, and is slightly thicker at 9.6mm. In addition to that, the screen resolution for this model is lower than the other coming in at 1280 x 800.

Finally, Asus debuted the Fonepad 8, which has an Intel Atom quad-core processor (the Z3560) with a 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display and 3G connectvity, allowing it to make phone calls. Asus did not give any information on pricing for any of these devices or when (or if) any of them will hit store shelves outside of Taiwan.

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