Asus Transformer Book Trio runs Windows 8 and Android simultaneously

The notebook-tablet hybrid has both Atom and Haswell processors, allowing it to run two separate OSes at the same time. The third piece of the "trio" is...

John Chan
The Asus Transformer Book Trio works as both a Windows 8 PC and an Android tablet at the same time. Asus

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Asus has announced the Transformer Book Trio, a notebook that can be separated and used as an Android tablet and desktop PC simultaneously.

In its notebook form, the 11.6-inch Transformer Book Trio can switch between Windows 8 and Android. Separated, the 1,920x1,080-pixel screen portion acts as an Android tablet, running off its 2.0GHz Intel Atom Z2580 processor.

The keyboard part, rather than just being a dumb accessory, is actually a full-fledged Windows 8 PC complete with an Intel fourth-generation Core i7 processor. It needs to be hooked up to an external monitor for use as a desktop computer.

The Transformer Book Trio in its notebook form. John Chan/CNET

When used purely as an Android tablet, Asus claims it can get up to 15 hours battery life as both parts come with their own battery.

Price and availability are not available at the moment. We will try to get our hands on the Transformer Book Trio later for a more in-depth look.