ASUS has always made use of Computex to show off the company’s latest and most exciting products and this year was no different.
2014 is special for ASUS because it marks the company’s 25th anniversary. And to celebrate, the company introduced two new key additions to its Transformer line-up. For the uninitiated, ASUS’ Transformer line-up is all about convergence and hybrid devices that can take on multiple form factors and run multiple OSes, and this includes radical products such as the Transformer AIO - an AIO that doubles as a giant Android tablet - and the Transformer Book Trio - a tablet and notebook hybrid that can run both Windows and Android.
This year, ASUS takes the Transformer concept further with the all-new Transformer Book V. As its name suggests, the Transformer Book V is really five devices in one. Let us list them out here for your better understanding:
Let’s begin with the smartphone bit. As a smartphone, the Transformer Book V runs Android 4.4 KitKat and is the world’s first 5-inch LTE smartphone that is powered by Intel's new quad-core 64-bit "Moorefield" Atom processor. It also has 2GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, along with 8MP and 2MP cameras.
The phone plugs into the 12.5-inch HD IPS notebook/tablet display like an ASUS PadFone, allowing the tablet to run Android. However, the tablet works as a standalone device too, in which case it will run Windows 8.1. A special switch allows users to switch back and forth between both OSes easily. As a tablet, the Transformer Book V is powered by an Intel Core processor (ASUS didn’t reveal which specific processor, but it could be based on Intel's new Broadwell architecture) and has 4GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of storage.
Finally, the notebook/tablet tablet display has a dockable full QWERTY keyboard that turns the device into a notebook. This dockable keyboard also has a touchpad and an internal hard disk that provides an additional 1TB of storage. There is also a dedicated hardware button that allows users to switch to Android mode, allowing it to function as an Android notebook.
Personally, we think the Transformer Book V is really cool in concept, but details around its specifications are still quite hazy and it is still unclear how the additional 1TB storage in the keyboard dock will function and work considering the tablet is capable of running dual OSes.
Availability and pricing details have yet to be confirmed, but we were told that it would cost less than what you would pay if you were to purchase each device separately from ASUS.
Detachable hybrid notebooks are not new, but the new 12.5-inch Transformer Book T300 Chi scores top marks for form factor and design. You see, with the keyboard dock attached, the Transformer Book T300 is just 14.3mm thick; while the tablet display itself is just a mere 7.3mm thick. To put this into perspective, the tablet display is slightly thinner than the iPad Air and is also touted by ASUS to be the thinnest Intel Core-powered tablet in the world.
In greater detail, the Transformer Book T300 has a WQHD IPS display that gives it a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and will offer LTE support. It is powered by a next-generation Intel Core processor - ASUS did not reveal specifics, but it is based on Intel's new Broadwell architecture. ASUS also did not reveal how much system memory or storage the Transformer Book T300 will have. As for pricing and availability, these will have to be confirmed at a later date.