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Ultrabook with Android and Windows ASUS Transformer Book Trio: first look -

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Recall that represents the food processor? The base unit with a powerful motor and a lot of different baits, magically transforming it into a blender, grinder, juicer, and others, have long been essential household items.


computer. To him quietly, year after year, various increment Soup, from the drive for reading CDs and ending with such exotica as reproducing unit of the Compact Cassette – for those who are too lazy to buy a couple of euros cord to connect the music center with a PC.

Then it was the turn of laptops, tablets, and appeared to have absorbed the designers and other “creatives” new ideas. Born in the throes of a couple of years ago, the unit transformers (they – “hybrids”) gave a new impetus to the development. Connection options halves of the screen and the keyboard halves appeared great variety: swivel mount, slider, detachable parts and so on. Moreover, the keyboard has gradually become an independent unit: she had her own battery, extra ports and connectors, and now a full-fledged laptop insides.

But there is no limit to perfection, and the ASUS Transformer Book Trio once again shows us that by combining in itself is not just a tablet, laptop and desktop, and all at once and without compromising anything. That is how the hardware and the software component with.

Specifications ASUS Transformer Book Trio

ASUS Transformer Book Trio
Hybrid PC
Operating System
Android 4.2; Microsoft Windows 8
Intel Core i7 4500, 1.8 GHz
4096 MB
type of memory
DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) 2x800MGts
drive laptop HDD
1000 GB
drive plate SSD
11.6 “IPS 1920 x 1080 WUXGA 16:9
Intel GMA HD 4400
n / a

Phase 1: Hardware

phrase “no compromise” in this case refers to the already established practice of the production of Transformers on only one platform, both software and hardware. It seems logical from all points of view: users get their satisfying all the parameters system that complements (and that’s the key word) their main working tool – a desktop PC or a big laptop. On Windows. If a hybrid is On Windows – well, do not have to deal with conversion. If Android – too good to be faster to work.

ASUS had taken a different path. Would you like Android? Receive. Want to Windows? Nate. No, you do not need a bunch of devices, have all in one. Yes, all the way: a new hybrid offers not one but two platforms. And both – Intel. The first – the tablet (ie the screen), present you with Intel Atom Z2580 with two cores running at 2 GHz each. Quite impressive power.

any keyboard – and can work with a second platform, dual-core Intel Core i7-4500U, located inside (here’s a new use for the keyboard – now it is also a system unit). The nominal frequency of 1.8 GHz per core, and it can be increased up to 3.0 GHz. The processor is very efficient, consumes less than 15 watts of power and is equipped with an integrated graphics solution Intel HD Graphics 4400. Yes, that’s right: it’s a supernova platform Haswell, announced earlier this summer.

No, the two platforms do not operate simultaneously. And each with its own operating system.

Phase two: Program

Laptop with two operating systems, we have already seen before: it was the netbook Acer Aspire Happy2, which were installed Windows 7 Starter and Android 2.2 special modification for use with a simple, non-touch screen. Switching between the operating system in the device only after a reboot.

This pilot did not use the popular solution: more such mutants were not issued. And the fact that the concept again dragged into the light of day, can only show that someone she still seemed viable.

But let’s think: who needs two operating systems in a hybrid and even more so – two different hardware platforms? One of the strengths of the two operating systems on the Acer Aspire Happy was that he-and-so was a very “long-playing”, and boot Android instead of Windows for web browsing, video and music in general turned into a strong competitor to the likes of which were not. In general, the kind of dignity can not really straining, and to extrapolate our current competitor.

But, unlike Happy, ASUS Transformer Book Trio represents a qualitatively different level of “physical training” today. And Android on it honest and full (more than that – it even with a no shell), this Jelly Bean (exact version – 4.1 or 4.2 is not available), and even a hardware platform specifically dedicated to him – Intel Atom.

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