Computex: Asus Transformer Book
If you think the implementation of the Asus Taichi is too outrageous to be practical, the Asus Transformer Book might be up in your alley.
At first, the Transformer book just looks like the original Asus Zenbook running Windows 8. But then you will notice that at the back, the hinge where the base of the LCD panel is placed has that cradle similar to the ones found on the Asus Transformer.
Now that’s where the Transformer Book got its name — slide the lock and pop out the screen to use the LCD panel as a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet.
In the tablet form, the Transformer Book is optimized for games, reading or browsing and even watching movies or YouTube. The main processing unit (CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD) are all cramped inside the thin frame of the LCD.
When you dock it back into the keyboard, you can do some serious productivity work — MS Word/Powerpoint, Photoshop and Premiere.
The Transformer Book will come in various form factors — 11.6″, 13.3″ and 14.1″ with full HD 1080p IPS LCD display — and will be powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor with discrete graphics, SSD and HDD options.
Unfortunately though, we’ll have to wait until around October to actually see these ultrabook-tablets in stores as Asus is just waiting for Microsoft to release Windows 8. As for pricing, expect them to be in the Php50k+ to Php60k+ range.