Jun 04 AT 3:46 PM Sean Riley 33 Comments

ASUS Transformer AiO is your Windows 8 desktop and Android tablet all in one


So I jumped the gun a bit last night in thinking that the BlueStacks Windows 8 integration was all that ASUS had meant with their cryptic teasers. Earlier today ASUS took the wraps off the ASUS Transformer AiO which is both a full Windows 8 all-in-one touchscreen desktop and a somewhat massive 18.4-inch Android tablet running Android 4.0.

What exactly does this look like in action? Well you can check out the video from The Verge below for a quick peek at the system both in its dock as a Windows 8 desktop and then undocked in all of its gigantic Android 4.0 glory.

The AiO isn’t quite ready yet, and while it currently seems to immediately switch to Android when undocked, that is actually supposed to require the push of a button as it can function remotely around the house as a wireless display for the Windows 8 PC, but that is dependent on the base station being in range.

The docking base features multiple USB 3.0 ports, ethernet and an optical drive. The screen is LED backlit and supports up to 10-point multitouch.

If ASUS was offering this dual-boot functionality in some of the Windows 8 tablets that they showed off today, which look identical to the Transformer Prime hardware if you haven’t seen them, I would probably be throwing my money at them already.

Now I’m not in the market for a desktop so that doesn’t help the cause, but I’m not sure I see the appeal here. What’s the use case for an 18.4-inch Android tablet in your mind? Mildly portable media center and gaming rig once you pair it with a controller? Lay it on the coffee table for some Android board game fun?

Let us know what you think of the ASUS Transformer AiO in the comments, and if you have any clever ideas for uses, we are all ears.

Via: The Verge

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • halo0

    There seemed to be a bit of a lag on that swipe.

  • spazby

    how heavy is that thing? i would be all over a 10-11 inch dual tablet with a dock…

  • Triplanetary

    Sexy as hell, but I agree, 18 inches is pretty ginormous for an Android tablet.

    What’s the use case for an 18.4-inch Android tablet in your mind?

    Does “I want a tablet that’s completely, balls-out ridiculous?” count as a use case?

    • YMS123


    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I think you just wrote their ad copy for them.

  • YMS123

    Dual booting Prime should be a huge win, it’s just a matter of time now

  • ondore

    18″ is for sure too heavy for long time holding in hands and too little for serious work when docked… Right now it seems Asus is trying to cover all gaps on the market.

    For me – yes, I want dual boot device – tablet with size of my choice and a docking station – attachable keyboard, mouse and external monitor.

  • mfer

    I agree, this is bussiness-oriented: information points, shops, reunion rooms …

    By the way, any news about the Transformer Infinity?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      End of June or beginning of July is the latest word from ASUS.

  • aranea

    Good idea but too big for a tablet too small for a desktop PC

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      But perfect for conference rooms.

  • Slith

    I’d love to do my photo editing on that 18 inch screen.

  • Bpear96

    The x86 Transformer book looks pretty AWESOME.. I mean i have to admit.. even though im a hardcore android fan, that a x86 windows tablet could be pretty useful (arm windows rt.. idk) and i dont have to ditch android since its right there dualbooted!! Amazing

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    They didn’t say anything official. Speculation is that it’s an Ivy Bridge processor with discrete graphics.

  • Bryan Stoner

    If there is anything that embodies gadget pr0n, it most certainly is this. Just take my moNEYYY!!!

  • WlfHart

    I’m liking where this is going! I hope if it is to serve as a desktop it has 1080 or better resolution.

  • Dan Jones

    That’s idiotic. It’s like Webtop done wrong, and Webtop was already done wrong.

    Maybe if this was an Ubuntu for Android device, I might consider it. I can see an 18.4 Android tablet being interesting, but not if I have to reboot into Windows when I dock it.

  • nivekkev

    At first I was thinking SWEET! but then I am thinking that it is much to big to be truly portable. What I could see is that this would be something that you would be able to move around the house or better yet, the office where you could just pick up your work take it down the hall and brainstorm with your co-workers. Could even be nice with one of those Wacom pens also and or as a media editor. Still, being a prototype I guess anything is possible, even a smaller form factor to be more portable friendly.

  • classic_hero

    damn thats big…..(thats what she said)

  • dmillz163

    Well if there was a button to switch back and forth from android to windows as a tablet then it will be ok take with you thru out your home finishing any little task but its to big 15 should be max for something that is portable

  • Steve

    Yet another useless device. This is Microsoft’s attempt to justify Windows 8, which will really suck unless you have a touch screen. I for one will never, I repeat, never, consider lugging around an 18″ screen for “Mobile” android goodness. Its just counter intuitive. Android is a mobile platform, and this is definately not a mobile product. Add to that the fact that the screen resolution will probably be crap (as evidenced by every single android tablet out there with the exception of the upcoming Transformer Infinity). I mean come on, Apple has listened to its customers by adding that sweet screen with crazy DPI. Guess who makes it. Samsung. Yes, you read that right. And yet, there are no samsung (or any other vendors for that matter) devices out there with that combination of resolution and DPI. Android tablet manufacturers seem to believe its ok to use a subpar screen

  • n25philly

    Time to hit the weight room to prepare for using this

  • alexanderharri3

    I can see a use for this in business or something, just rip it off the desktop and off to the presentation dock (ie just bring the computer with you) …. it’s big enough to serve as a monitor for small groups.

    But….i would really have liked to see this concept on the new x86 Transformers…..that would have really sent my wallet packing.

  • mdawg924

    I just love how creative the people are over at Asus, they are not afriad to think outside the box. I could see it being a good home theater system and the screen being a remote.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    The general theme of the hater comments all over seems to be “it’s too big! It’s not portable!”

    Well, duh. Android doesn’t *have* to be portable all the time. This device certainly isn’t intended to be carried around all over the place when you leave the house, but portability confined to a single room fits the size well.

    • CJ

      This is a gaming laptop that’s more portable. This is a desktop that’s a semi-portable media center. This is a screen that you can just pick up and use either way you want. Saying this isn’t portable is like saying laptops aren’t portable. And they are. Just because it isn’t razor thin and fits in your satchel doesn’t mean there aren’t people who would enjoy having something like this around their house.

  • Yonas

    I love the concept,but reduce the size ASUS ! i’d buy it,even if it was 15 inch,and not the usual 10″

  • Cwalden21

    Same here, Make it like 14″ and it’d be perfect. To go with attachable keyboard like the current transformers and then on desktop with another monitor for duel screening and I’m in!!

  • carrie

    Does it come with windows8 installed? And or, how do you install it?

  • Carl

    I think dual boot is a misnomer hear. It’s really two separate devices. The Windows PC is really in the dock and the tablet just acts as a monitor for it.

  • Carl

    I think dual boot is a misnomer here. It’s really two separate devices. The Windows PC is really in the dock and the tablet just acts as a monitor for it.

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