Asus has created a new device that combines the ease of a large, desktop screen with the portability of a tablet. Company chairman Jonney Shih showed off the Transformer All-in-One during a press conference in Taipei earlier today ahead of the Computex 2012 trade show, and recorded demos of the tablet have continued to turn heads on Google+. If the Transformer AiO could also unfold into a robot or fighter plane, the future would officially be here.
With an 18.4 inch, LED-backlit, touchscreen monitor that fits into a mobile dock for desktop use, Shih is calling the tablet the largest in the world.
Skeptics may wonder who would want such a large device sitting in their laps, but not every type of work is notebook sized. Classical music, for instance, could benefit from a tablet large enough to accommodate a full-sized music score. Right now the sheet music market is limited to singers who don’t need their hands free to play. Pop the tablet into a music stand and it could double as a music folder and a stage light.
The Transformer AiO will also switch easily from Windows 8 mode into Android 4.0 mode, making it possible to work locally and remotely from the same device and, on the other end, store mobile apps on a desktop. The news sent ripples of approval among Android users on Google+ who have been looking for another reason not to switch to an iOS device when their service contracts expire.
So far, there is no word on how much it will cost or how long the battery will last, but Asus has made a good-looking prototype. See a quick demo from the Verge above.