We Limey Brits stand alone in pronouncing the company name "A-suss," whereas it seems the rest of the world calls them "a-Sooss". Even the company's own employees get it wrong like that. But I'm not here to moan about linguistic jingoism, I'm actually writing about the exciting news we're hearing concerning their latest
toy portable computing device...the ASUS Transformer Book Trio.
It's no secret that we're somewhat partisan to Android when it comes to phones and tablets, but there's no denying that Windows is king when it comes to office-based productivity (and video games).
So what do we make of the Trio, which promises to give us the best of both worlds?
Well ASUS are touting a 1920x1080, 11.6-inch tablet that runs Android, and when docked with the PC Station (the keyboardy bit), will run full-fat Windows 8.
The Transformer Book Trio apparently allows you to sync data or continue where you left off surfing the webs when moving from notebook to tablet mode - presumably calling on a cloud-based solution to achieve this, but it would be interesting to see if they get Windows and Android to play nice at this level through the physical connection alone.
The specs look pretty hot for both Mr Jekyll and Dr Hyde...the PC Station keyboardy dock-thing packs an Intel i7 CPU and 750GB hard drive, and with the tablet display unplugged, it can be connected to an external display for use as a desktop PC (making me wonder if you can hook up other devices to the tablet screen - via display-port or HDMI maybe? We'll see!). The Android tablet is powered by Intel's Atom processor, clocked at a sexy 2 Ghz.
Date and availablity are as-yet unknown, but I think it would be rude of us not to get our hands on some of these when they hit the shelves.