Asus Transformer AiO runs Android and Windows 8

The Asus Transformer AiO not only runs both Android and Windows 8 operating systems, it detaches to become an 18.4-inch tablet.

Asus has outed a touchscreen desktop computer that runs both Windows 8 and Android. Oh, and if that's not enough, it detaches from its dock to become an 18.4-inch tablet too.

Still, it's not the strangest news story today.

The Transformer AiO boots up in Windows 8, but you can switch it to Android at the touch of a button. Handy if you want a greater selection of apps, or want to play a game only available on Android. It's a touchscreen desktop, but take it out of its base and you can walk around with an 18.4-inch tablet.

It'll be interesting to see what kind of battery life you get out of it when detached from its base.

The screen is a 10-point multi-touch LED-backlit display. It can still switch between Windows 8 and Android when out and about, effectively giving you two desktops and two (massive) tablets in one package. That has got to be worth a look.

There's no word on price or availability yet, or which version of Android it'll ship with. But rest assured, we'll be keeping a close eye on this one.

The Transformer AiO continues Asus' range of computers that turn into other devices. First there was the Transformer Prime that shed its keyboard to switch from a laptop into an Android tablet. Then Asus outed a laptop with a screen on the lid -- close it, and you can use it as a tablet. Known as the Asus Taichi , it runs Windows 8 in both guises.

This is the latest Windows 8 PC to be announced at Computex in Taipei. Microsoft's latest isn't due until October, but if this little lot is anything to go by, it looks set to reinvent the PC.

Are you excited by Windows 8? And would you buy the Transformer AiO? Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

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