Asus Transformer Book Trio: Windows 8 and Android hybrid unveiled

Asus has unveiled the Transformer Book Trio - a "three in one" multi-platform hybrid device that can run both Windows 8 and Android operating systems.

The 11.6-inch 1080p dockable tablet device was announced by Asus boss Jonney Shih at the company's Computex press conference.

When connected to the keyboard it's a Windows 8 notebook, but when the tablet is removed to be used as a standalone device it becomes an Android tablet running the latest version of Jelly Bean. There's even a physical hotkey that can be used to switch between the two operating systems when the device is docked.

Specs pack a punch: there's a fourth-gen Intel Core i7 processor to power Windows 8, while a second 2Ghz Intel Atom processor keeps a handle on the Android side of things. It's not only twin processors, as the Transformer Book Trio uses twin batteries too - a longer-lasting one in the keyboard dock and a secondary cell in the tablet itself. Add 750GB of HDD storage and up to 64GB of flash storage in the tablet and there's plenty of space to store all your Windows and Android goodies.

And what of the third dimension that the Trio name suggests? Asus says that the Trio can also be used as a "Windows 8 desktop PC" - so, a notebook on a desk then? Sounds a little more duo than trio, but we still think it looks very cool. It sure looks like the Asus Transformer products continue to pack a punch from these initial details, although there's no final word on price - which we're sure will be one of the clinchers for this model's success.