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 1920x1080 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.


Comments

    I have an Asus 24" touchscreen all-in-one and a Nexus 7. I'd love to be able to easily drag the larger screen around. I can see myself upgrading to this very easily!

    I actually think that's brilliant. As a business user, tablets are changing the way I work on a daily basis... But I really don't need portability.

    In most ads for business tablets they show people taking the things to meetings at cafe's, the park, etc etc... But who really does that except hipsters. If I am moving my work environment it's usually say, from my office to the conference room for a meeting, etc etc..

    How does something as weird as this beat the Transformer Book to market?!

    This is pretty much an all-in-one with a battery. I love the concept of being able to move your whole desktop PC without worrying about heaps of cables. I might even consider one once the prices come down a bit.

    They shouldve kept it running W8 when going 'mobile' instead of having 2 different operating systems, confusing imo

    It needs to fold in half like a book. Then portable, protected screen, nothing more to carry, The spine could double as a briefcase handle. I think this is where they need to be.

    I have been awaiting this product for some time now as it suits my needs perfectly but I am a little disappointed that the Australian pricing is much higher than that of the US and the UK which are both retailing the basic model for around $1200. It looks like I will save a lot of money by having one shipped over and thereby sending more of my money overseas. Why the big price increase Asus??

    I agree with Davin... I can purchase the I7 model for $1599 US delivered to my door in regional WA. Why do we have to pay so much more for items that are made in Asia? Would love have my money supporting local business however not at 35% more cost!!!

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