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Asus Transformer AiO: Giant Win 8 / Android Tablet PC Arrives In Australia

Damn, that’s a huge… multi-touch Windows 8 all-in-one that doubles as what may just be the largest Android tablet around — 18.4-inches! And overheard at today’s launch in Sydney: Asus is considering the potential for a 23-inch version. Here are the specs…

We first saw the Transformer AiO earlier in the year, and its Tegra 3/Core i5 coupling definitely caught our attention. But since then Dell has also unveiled its XPS All-in-One (doubling as an 18-inch Windows slate) and Sony notched the same idea all the way up to 20-inches with the Vaio Tap 20.

So Android definitely sets the Transformer AiO apart. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong – but it’s the largest Android tablet I’ve seen this side of the 13.3-inch Toshiba AT330.

So what do you do with a giant tablet? Sure, being able to let the kids take the AiO to the floor for drawing or watching movies is great. I could maybe see myself using one on the couch — or for music making software/creative use.

It’s a new type of usage scenario, and I’m interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.

The Asus Transformer AiO is expected to arrive in Harvey Norman next week starting at $1999.
Core i7 version coming in three weeks for $2399. [ASUS Australia]

Asus Transformer AiO Specs:
– Windows 8 (desktop AiO mode) + Android 4.1 (tablet mode)
– Tegra 3 quad-core processor (tablet) and Intel Core i5 processor (desktop).
– 10-point multi-touch screen in both modes
– Detachable 18.4-inch IPS display with 1920×1080 resolution in both modes
– HDMI output for external monitor
– 1TB hard disk (desktop); 32GB (tablet). 2TB in Core i7 version.
– 0 to 100 degree rear stand

Equipped with a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ desktop processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730M graphics, the Transformer All-in-One as a desktop PC, is capable of handling a wide range of demanding Windows 8 productivity and entertainment applications. The 18.4-inch LED-backlit display presents 1080p Full HD resolution, and with IPS display technology, images are projected in superior colour at a variety of angles up to 178 degrees wide.

When detached, the Transformer All-in-One display performs as a double acting king-size tablet, switching seamlessly between operating systems at the press of a button with up to five hours battery life. Wireless remote desktop technology with dual-band Wi-Fi provides complete multi-touch control over Windows 8 on the PC Station. With built-in NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor, the Transformer All-in-One display can alternatively be used a standalone Android 4.1 tablet.

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