Asus is introducing a new ultraportable Windows 8 computer that you can use 3 different ways. It’s a tablet, a notebook, and a desktop.
There’s an 11.6 inch tablet and a matching keyboard. Connect them together and you’ve got a portable Windows 8 notebook. Detach them and you’ve got an Android tablet.
But since the guts of the Windows PC are in the keyboard dock, you can also use it as a desktop PC — just add a monitor.
The keyboard features an Intel Haswell processor with support for up to a Core i7 chip, Intel HD 4400 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and up to 1 TB hard drive. It features 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and has 2 USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort, micro HDMI port, and headset jack.
There are also stereo speakers in the PC Station base and a 33Whr battery.
Meanwhile the tablet/display features an 11.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display with a capacitive 10-point multitouch touchscreen. It has an Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor, 2GB of RAM, between 16GB and 64GB of storage, a 4MP rear camera, and a 720p front-facing camera.
The tablet features 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, a micro USB port, headset jack, and microSD card slot. It has a 19Whr battery.
Used together, you should be able to get up to 13 hours of battery life when running Android, or about 5 hours with Windows 8.
The tablet measures 0.4 inches thick and weighs 1.5 pounds, while the PC Station is half an inch thick and 2.2 pounds.
Asus first showed off the Transformer Book Trio in June, but the company’s updated the specs a bit in time for the IFA show in Berlin this week.
Asus hasn’t yet announced US pricing or availability.