Asus has never been shy of innovation, with the Asus Transformer being the first Android tablet with keyboard attachment. Now it has taken the Transformer concept to its most extreme place yet, with the Asus Transformer Book V.
This Transformer combines a 12.5-inch Windows tablet/laptop hybrid with a 5.5-inch Android smartphone, for a combined total of five different usage modes: a Windows tablet, a Windows laptop, an Android phone, an Android tablet and an Android laptop.
The latter two are made possible by the fact the phone’s Android interface can be displayed fullscreen on the tablet/laptop screen. Alternatively it can show the Android interface in a window on the Window desktop.
Part of the reason all these devices can interoperate so well is that the phone runs on Intel’s 64-bit quad-core Atom (Moorefield) chip, which includes LTE radio.
The device was only being displayed behind a glass cabinet at its unveiling at Computex 2014, so first impressions aren’t yet available. It would also suggest it’ll be quite a while before the Book V will be available.
Other details we do know, though, are that the 0.8kg tablet part comes with a 12.5-inch HD IPS display, 4GB of RAM and a 28Wh battery that claims to offer up to 10 hours of web browsing time. It also has up to 128GB of flash storage, which works alongside a 7mm-thick hard drive of up to 1TB in the battery-less keyboard.
As for the phone, it weighs 140g, is 11mm-thick and incorporates a 2,500mAh battery plus 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage and 8MP/2MP cameras. At the moment, it doesn’t seem like the two operating systems can access each other’s storage space.