Asus Unveils Transformer Three-in-One

The Transformer Book V from Asus. ItEUs not a robot in disguise but it is a combination of a laptop, smartphone and tablet that could keep consumers guessing.

Asus on Monday announced the Transformer Book V, which is indeed a first in the mobile computing market. It qualifies, for example, as the worldEUs first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop. The laptop sports a detachable 12.5-inch screen that becomes a separate tablet. A 5-inch smartphone docks into the tablet. The Transformer is more than a Swiss Army knife of computing -- itEUs also a mishmash of operating systems.

Specifically, the Transformer Book V sports a Windows and Android laptop and tablet, along with an Android smartphone. Asus calls it flexible and revolutionary. But it may confuse or even turn off consumers who are accustomed to choosing the operating systems -- and the mobile devices -- that best meets their needs.

A Mobile Trinity

In laptop mode, the Transformer Book V offers a full QWERTY keyboard and touchpad that runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat. You can switch between the two operating systems by pressing a button. The laptop offers an Intel Core processor, a 12.5-inch HD display and touch support for Windows 8.1. ThereEUs also 1TB of storage for apps, documents and media.

On the tablet side, the Transformer works as either a Windows 8.1 tablet or Android 4.4 tablet when the phone is docked. Much like with the laptop, users can tap on the screen to switch between operating systems. ThereEUs 128GB of built-in storage. That means you can tap into the Windows Store and Google Play.

But wait . . . the Transformer Book V is also an Android-powered smartphone and the first 5-inch LTE smartphone that comes equipped with an Intel Atom quad-core processor. The smartphone comes stocked with a 2500mah battery that...

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