First Impression: Asus Transformer Book Trio

By Kunal Khullar | Updated 12 Dec 2013
First Impression: Asus Transformer Book Trio
  • We have a look at Asus' latest transforming device which can be used as a tablet, a laptop and a desktop

Asus has been making a mark in the tablet industry and also in the innovations department thanks to their line-up of the Transformer series of convertible tablet-cum-notebooks. The company just announced their latest ultraportable device in India called the Transformer Book Trio.

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Basically a three in device, the Transformer Book Trio is a tablet that can be attached to a keyboard dock. Now both the tablet and the dock have their own individual processors, so this allows you to connect a display to the dock which turns it into a desktop PC.

The tablet features an 11.6 inch full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, expandable memory of up to 64GB via a microSD card and a 5MP camera. The tablet runs on Android 4.2 with Asus’ customized UI.

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The PC dock,, which is a full QWERTY keyboard has the latest 4th generation Intel Core processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU, 4GB of RAM, options of upto 1TB of hard disk space, a mini Display port, two USB 3.0 port and a micro-HDMI port. The dock’s internal hard drive has Windows 8 Pro preloaded on it.

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The looks of the Transformer Book Trio caught our attention thanks to its aluminium finish and thin design. When you attach the tablet into the dock, with a single key press you can switch between Android and Windows 8 OS. There are separate batteries in both of the devices, and Asus claims that it provides a battery backup of 13 hours in Android mode and 5 hours in Windows mode. With a price tag of Rs. 98,099, one would have to shell out a lot. Peter Chang of Asus commented that the device falls under the company’s flagship and it offers lot in terms of power as well as portability and flexibility.

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We think that the device has been made on a nice concept, and is very well built. However, we aren’t sure if this device can sell well in the Indian market at such a high price.

Kunal Khullar
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