Asus is known for taking some interesting risks with new products; Asus was the first to create a budget netbook with the Eee PC and the first company to deliver a budget Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid in the form of the Transformer Book T100. Well, Asus is trying to shake things up again with the world’s first five-mode three-in-one laptop, the all new Transformer Book V.
The Transformer Book V is a 5-inch Android smartphone that can dock with a larger 12.5-inch touch screen to transform into an Android tablet or Windows 8 tablet and can also dock with a keyboard to become a Windows laptop or an Android laptop.
As a laptop, Transformer Book V includes a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, and runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. A dedicated button on the keyboard provides “instant and seamless switching between the two operating systems” according to Asus. The laptop features a next-generation Intel Core-series processor, 12.5-inch HD (1920 x 1200) IPS display with touch support and of up to 1TB of storage for apps, documents, and all your media.
As mentioned above, the Transformer Book V also works as either a Windows 8.1 tablet or an Android 4.4 KitKat tablet when the phone is docked. Switching between the two systems only takes a tap on the screen. Users have full access to the Google Play Store and Windows Store for a wider selection of mobile apps than what is available to Android or Windows 8 alone. Its built-in storage of up to 128GB offers plenty of room to store those apps along with a few movies, photos, music and more.
As a phone, the Transformer Book V runs Android 4.4 KitKat (no Windows phone option for now), and is the world’s first 5-inch LTE smartphone powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor. Its offers 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) support for the best possible internet experience with network speeds that are up to four times faster than 3G. Transformer Book V comes with a 2500mah battery that provides up to 10 hours of web browsing time.
This may be the first of many “convergence devices” that we see hitting the market. Most people use a separate phone, tablet and a laptop because there isn’t a single device that meets all these needs. That might change with the introduction of the Transformer Book V since it means consumers can buy one device that simply transforms into whatever device they need that also runs whatever operating system they need.
The pricing structure for the Transformer Book V has not been announced yet and it’s unclear whether you will be able to purchase just the phone or the phone and tablet or if you will have to buy the entire “system” of the phone, tablet and laptop at the time of purchase. In any case, we’ll have more information as it becomes available and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on full production units as soon as possible.