Asus showed off another interesting Transformer-tagged device at the just-concluded Computex expo in Taiwan: The Transformer AiO, an all-in-one desktop PC that runs on Windows 8. Keeping with the Asus Transformer theme, it does a little more than sit on your desk though. The huge 18.4-inch screen also turns into a ridiculously huge tablet, seamlessly switching to an Android 4.0 operating system after you pull it off its dock.
All the PC processing happens on the dock, which is listed to feature an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and a discrete graphics card. When it’s pulled off its base, it can still run on the Windows 8 OS though, thanks to a remote desktop interface that allows the screen to communicate wirelessly with its brains.
While Asus didn’t mention specs, it’s safe to assume that the Android OS runs on mobile components built under the detachable 10-point multitouch screen. Battery life on tablet mode wasn’t detailed though. That large screen will need an awful lot of power to keep running for long. Still, the screen’s sheer size alone prevents anyone from moving around away from a power socket for long.
It’s certainly an interesting concept – one that’ll let you fling Angry Birds across a screen that’s close to four times bigger than what you’re used to. Unfortunately, it’s still just that – a concept. Asus mentioned that the Transformer AiO is still an early prototype, and didn’t announce pricing or a release date.