ASUS Transformer AiO Windows 8 and Android dual-boot tablet hands-on

June 4, 2012
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ASUS has hit the ground running this year at Computex 2012 and surprisingly we have some Android news for you. Today they announced their brand new ASUS Transformer AiO (All-in-One) 18.4-inch Windows 8 computer, that also manages to Transform and dual boot into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although that becomes one huge tablet as you can see from our hands-on pictures below.

Last week ASUS released a few teaser videos about what we could expect at Computex. One that hinted at a dual-boot Windows 8 and Android device, and this was what they had in mind. Although I wouldn't call the design beautiful, or revolutionary, I do welcome the idea and would love to play with one.

Essentially what the Transformer AiO will be is a complete Windows 8 computing experience on a 18.4-inch LED backlit device that comes attached to a rather large dock. The Transformer AiO initially runs Windows 8, but a button push will cause the behemoth to boot into Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and become a tablet. You won’t be carrying this 18.4-inch tablet very far, however: the screen acts as a wireless monitor when it’s taken away from the docking base. This leads us to believe everything is powered by the hardware inside of the dock -- which is still unknown at this point but most likely Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor.

The idea is an interesting one that is for sure, and since you won't be taking it too far most likely this is just for that moment you want the PC experience while sitting on the couch -- on Android or Windows 8. You can see from the hands-on pictures by our sister site SlashGear from Computex 2012 below that the tablet in-hand is rather large.

Thoughts?

[via SlashGear]


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  • http://twitter.com/EmalLikeBau5 Emal Jaan

    Dont like the idea! Get Microsoft away from my SweetHeart GOOGLE/Android!

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      hahah your sweetheart. That’s classic!

  • Sperrybird

    i love Asus and their attempts at doing something different but i think this is going to be a head-scratcher because the size and the weight of this thing makes it useless as a mobile device and the desktop market is shrinking every year. i don’t know why they even bother with this. If they could shrink this to say the 7-10 form factor then they may have a chance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/frylock87 Christopher Battista

      I totally agree with you. I would definitely buy a tablet like this if it was in the 7 – 10 form factor AND it had a keyboard dock like the transformer prime.

    • Oblong Circles

      they have to start somewhere. you better believe their competitors will be trying to do this too.

  • bedrockq

    Win 8 sucks huge donkey balls. If it can dual boot with Win 7 I would be interested though.

    • Oblong Circles

      Just add classicshell from source forge. Windows 8 is essentially Windows 7 wearing an ugly dress (metro screen) and a chastity belt (getting to settings etc).