Asus dual-OS Transformer Trio lands in Malaysia

This ultraportable's keyboard dock is a computer in itself, usable without the tablet attached which means two people can use it at the same time
Asus Transformer Trio

Asus has another Transformer model out, but this quirky device actually lets two people work on it at the same time. It's not magic - it's having two separate processors.

See, the Transformer Trio is a hybrid device consisting of a tablet and keyboard dock. The tablet itself has its own Intel Atom processor which you can switch to Android, while the keyboard dock housing either an Intel i5 or i7 runs Windows 8 and can be hooked up to its own external monitor.

Holy dual devices, batman!

The tablet is an 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS multi-touch display and running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with its own dedicated Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz processor, 16GB of MMC flash storage with 2GB of DDR2 memory. It also has a front-facing 720p camera and rear 5MP camera with autofocus and 1080p video. Bluetooth 3.0 is also onboard as well as  micro USB, microSD and micro HDMI ports. Asus also throws in a digital compass, accelerometer and gyroscope.

On the keyboard dock, you have 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 500GB HDD, its own Bluetooth and two USB 3.0 ports as well as a Mini DisplayPort. The dedicated 'Trio' button on the dock allows you to switch from Windows 8 to Android and back, with both OSes sharing the same data. As to battery life, Asus claims the tablet alone can last up to 13 hours on its 19Wh battery while the larger 33Wh battery on the keyboard dock can go up to 5 hours.

The dock weighs 1kg by itself, while the tablet is 700g putting the whole package going under 2kg.

And how much does all this cost? At press time the i7 variant, the TX201LA - CQ003H,  retails for RM 4,099 while the i5-powered TX201LA - CQ004H is priced at RM 3,799.