Asus Transformer Book Trio: a tablet, a laptop and a desktop in one device

The nifty three-in-one setup can even be used by two people at once

Asus has torn the wrappers off its latest Transformer device – and this time it’s a three-in-one stunner that, when it comes to flexibility, is simply off the charts.

The aptly-named Transformer Book Trio offers an 11.6in 1080p display and a “PC Station” keyboard dock. Used on its own, the display works as an Intel Atom-powered Android tablet. Combined, the two components form an Intel Core i5-based laptop that can run either Android or Windows 8 – you can switch between the two operating systems at the touch of a button.

Two users, one computer

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But it doesn’t stop there. Because the PC Station contains an Intel Core processor and has its own Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPort video outputs, it can be hooked directly up to an external monitor and used separately from the tablet. So that means you could be using the Windows 8 PC on your desktop while a friend potters about on the Android tablet.

Asus claims the Transformer Book Trio offers up to 13 hours battery life in Android mode and five in Windows mode. The tablet offers 16GB of storage, while the PC Station boasts a 500GB hard drive.

The Trio will be on sale from 11th November, priced at £900.

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