The concept of a phone that docks into a tablet is not new. Asus has been making such devices for a few years now under PadFone brand. This year, however, the Taiwanese company went a step further with its newly announced Transformer Book V. Actually, it’s more that just one step, as the Transformer Book V is a 5-in-1 phone-tablet-laptop hybrid that is capable of running on two most popular operating systems – Windows and Android. Speaking of multipurpose devices, this one is definitely on top of the list.
Transformer Book V – Windows-Android hybrid of phone-tablet-laptop
The Transformer Book V comprises three elements – a smartphone, a tablet and a keyboard dock, all of which can be used in several different configurations or as standalone devices. What’s more, the hybrid comes with two mobile platforms on board, so the Transformer Book V features as many as five usage modes – Windows 8.1 laptop, Windows 8.1 tablet, Android 4.4 tablet, Android 4.4 laptop, and Android 4.4 smartphone. We can give that to Asus, no other electronics maker have ever gone so far.
The smallest component of the combo is the smartphone. It has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display and is powered by a 64-bit Intel Moorefield processor. The device also comes with 2 GB of RAM, expandable storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, LTE connectivity and a 2,550 mAh battery. Weighing 143 grams, the handset won’t win any prizes for the slimmest body as its profile is 11 mm thick, but all things considered, it looks like a decent piece of hardware with Android 4.4 on board.
The tablet sports a 12.5-inch HD screen, “next-gen” Intel Core processor, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of flash storage and up to 1 TB of HDD storage. The tablet primarily runs on Windows 8.1 and has a 28 Wh battery that is rated for up to 10 hours of usage time. To turn the tablet into a Windows 8.1 laptop you simply attach the keyboard complete with touchpad for added functionality.
How to access Android tablet/laptop mode? Just slip the phone into a dock on the back of the tablet and Android will open in a window or in full screen mode, while you will still be able to use Windows 8.1. Moreover, both device can share storage when docked.