Is bigger really better? ASUS seems to be testing that out as it launches the ASUS Transformer AiO with an 18.4-inch detachable display. The Transformer AiO consists of a desktop PC station that sports an Intel Ivy Bridge i3 processor running Windows 8, while the detachable display sports its own NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor running Android 4.1.
When docked, the PC station uses the i3 processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M graphics card to produce stunning performance on the 18.4-inch LED-backlit IPS display with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution and 10-point multi-touch. It’s also got dual-band Wi-Fi, supporting both 5GHz and 2.4GHz to reduce interference in crowded Wi-Fi areas. Once detached, the gigantic display can be used as either a wireless Remote Desktop through Wi-Fi or a standalone tablet running Android 4.1.
The PC station has 4GB of RAM and a 1TB SATA hard drive, while the tablet sports 2GB of RAM with 32GB onboard storage that can be expanded through a MicroSD slot. With a touch of a button, you can easily switch between operating systems and has about five hours of battery life. The tablet also has a carrying handle and folding stand so it’s easy to carry around and use.
Connectivity for the PC station is 4x USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jacks, a 3-in-1 memory card slot and Bluetooth 4.0. The tablet has a mini-USB 2.0 port, 3.5mm audio jacks, a MicroSD slot, Bluetooth 3.0 and the docking port. There’s also a front-facing 1MP camera for video chats. The weight won’t be too much of an issue as the tablet weighs in at 2.4kg, roughly the same as a regular laptop.
The ASUS Transformer AiO will be available in the Philippines by the end of March, retailing for Php 59,995.