Asus Introduces Notebook PC Having 2 CPUs (1)

Jun 7, 2013
Takeshi Nishimura, Nikkei Personal Computing
Asus Chairman Jonny Shih announced new products. Tom Kilroy, Intel's executive vice president, joined the announcement.
Asus Chairman Jonny Shih announced new products. Tom Kilroy, Intel's executive vice president, joined the announcement.
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The most featured product was the "Transformer Book Trio." Both of its display and keyboard units have a CPU and storage device. It allows to switch between Windows 8 and Android.
The most featured product was the "Transformer Book Trio." Both of its display and keyboard units have a CPU and storage device. It allows to switch between Windows 8 and Android.
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The detached display unit can be used as an Android-based tablet computer equipped with an Atom CPU. When the separated keyboard unit is combined with a different display, it can be used as a Windows 8-based desktop computer equipped with the fourth-generation Core CPU.
The detached display unit can be used as an Android-based tablet computer equipped with an Atom CPU. When the separated keyboard unit is combined with a different display, it can be used as a Windows 8-based desktop computer equipped with the fourth-generation Core CPU.
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Asustek Computer Inc (Asus) announced its new products June 3, 2013, in Taipei, Taiwan. With a keyword of "revolution," Asus Chairman Jonny Shih introduced (1) a device equipped with two CPUs, two OSes and a detachable display, (2) high-resolution tablet computer and (3) 7-inch low-priced tablet computer.

The most featured product was the "Transformer Book Trio," whose display can be detached and used as a tablet computer. And both the display and keyboard units have a CPU and storage device. It has two OSes, Windows 8 and Android, and it is possible to switch between them with a simple operation.

The CPU in the display unit is Intel Corp's Atom. The unit's storage device is eMMC with a capacity of up to 64 Gbytes. Its display is based on the IPS technology and has a pixel count of 1,920 x 1,080 and a screen size of 11.6 inches. Its OS is Android.

The keyboard unit, which is called "PC Station," is equipped with the fourth-generation Core i7/i5 CPU and an HDD with a capacity of up to 750 Gbytes. Both of the units have a battery. The dimensions of the display and keyboard units are 304.9 (W) x 193.7 (D) x 9.7mm (H) and 304.9 (W) x 193.7 (D) x 13.4mm (H), respectively.

When the two units are united, it can be used as a notebook computer. When the display unit is separated from the keyboard unit, it can be used as an Android-based tablet computer. When the separated keyboard unit is combined with a different display, they can be used as a Windows 8-based desktop computer. Therefore, Asus claims that it is "the world's first three-in-one mobile device."

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