Back at CES, ASUS showed off the Transformer Book Duet (TD300), which was later cancelled. Since it was a Windows and Android device, it was believed the reason was because of pressure from Google. Apparently that wasn’t the case as today at Computex, ASUS unveiled something very similar in the Transformer Book V.
The Transformer Book Duet was a 4-in-1 device, but the Transformer Book V takes it one step further making it a 5-in-1 device. Just like the Duet, it’s a Windows laptop, Windows tablet, Android laptop, and Android tablet, but the V adds PadFone capabilities by adding a standalone phone that can be docked.
Our understanding on how it works is this…..The default OS is Windows 8.1, but when the phone is docked, it will transform to Android 4.4. So if the phone isn’t docked, you can use the 12.5-inch display as a standalone Windows tablet or as a Windows laptop when the keyboard is attached. When the phone is docked on the backside of the display, it becomes an Android 4.4 tablet or if the keyboard is connected it it, an Android laptop. The Duet didn’t have phone capabilities and it was a duel boot system as in both OS’s were installed on the device.
Just like the PadFone, the phone can be used just like any smartphone when not docked to the display. It feature a 5-inch HD display, a 64-bit quad-core Intel Atom Moorefield processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, LTE, and a 2,500mAh battery.
The tablet has a 12.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) IPS display, an Intel Core processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage, and 1TB of HDD storage. There is a 28Wh battery that provides 10 hours of web browsing time.
We don’t know when this beast will come to market, but since it’s being shown under a glass display, it probably means it isn’t ready for primetime just yet. Who knows, maybe it will suffer the same fate as the Transformer Book Duet.