In fact, rather than a conventional tablet, the Asus Transformer Book
is a tablet-laptop hybrid. When a keyboard is connected, the device acts like a conventional laptop. However, when the screen is detached it functions like a tablet device with touch-screen enabled.
The BBC's preview
indicates that Transformer features the new Windows 8 operating system and this is in play when it functions as a laptop. However, when the device is converted to a tablet it runs the Android operating system.
In terms of further functionality, Engadget
notes that the device will have a choice of large screen sizes: 11.6, 13 and 14 inches, plus it boasts a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM. Asus claim this will be the thinnest Ivy Bridge i7 device available.
USB 3.0 connectivity will also be onboard, as well as 4GB of RAM. A five megapixel camera will serve as the primary camera, plus an “HD” webcam on the front for video calls.
Those attending the Computex 2012
trade, which show kicks off in Taipei, Taiwan this week, will be able to see and play with the device.