The Asus Transformer Book V is an Android phone that becomes a 12.5 inch Android tablet when you attach it to a tablet dock. Add the tablet section to a keyboard dock and it acts as a display for a Windows laptop, although you can also run Android on the laptop if you’d like.
Asus has offered Transformer Book 2-in-1 Windows notebook/tablet devices before, as well as Transformer Pad 2-in-1 Android phone/tablet hybrids. The Transformer Book V bridges the gap between those product lines.
Asus calls the Transformer Book V a 5-mode device, and unlike some companies, Asus isn’t really kidding around. Here are the ways you can use the Transformer Book V:
- 5 inch Android phone
- 12.5 inch Android tablet
- Android laptop
- 12.5 inch Windows tablet
- Windows laptop
The phone features a 5 inch IPS HD screen, a 2500mAh battery, an Intel Atom quad-core Moorefield processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, an 8GB rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera,
It features 4G LTE support and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
The tablet works as a Windows 8.1 tablet. Slide the smartphone into a dock in the back and you can switch between Android and Windows with the push of a button. This is kind of surprising since Asus showed off a laptop with similar functionality earlier this year, but has yet to bring to market. Word on the street is that Microsoft put pressure on the company to keep it from shipping a dual OS device of this type.
The tablet features 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, Windows 8.1 software, a 12.5 inch HD IPS display, and an Intel Core processor.
Attach the tablet dock and you get up to 1TB of additional storage, plus a QWERTY keyboard, a touchpad and full-sized USB port.