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Asus Transformer Book V is a Windows, Android, tablet, laptop, PHONE super-duper hybrid

Asus Transformer Book V

So-called "five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop" shows Asus has an identity crisis

Asus has slammed together a laptop, tablet and smartphone and come up with the Transformer Book V, what it claims is “the world’s first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop”.

Asus was announcing a number of new laptops and tablets at its annual Computex press conference in Taipei.

The Transformer Book V combines a Windows 8.1 laptop and tablet with an Android 4.4 KitKat tablet and phone. The laptop/tablet has a 12.5in screen that detaches and the phone has a 5in screen.

The laptop has an Intel Core processor, up to 1TB of storage, a 12.5in IPS display and full QWERTY keyboard.

The tablet can run either Windows 8.1 or Android 4.4 KitKat but only when the phone is docked in the back. It also has 128GB of storage and a 2500mah battery for around 10 hours of web browsing on a single charge.

The 5in smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat, supports LTE and has an Intel Atom quad-core processor. Asus said users would be able to switch between operating systems with the touch of a button.

Price, release date and any other useful information wasn’t announced. Asus has a mixed track-record with devices shown at Computex as many fail to appear in the West or are beset by delays. The model on show at the Taipei trade show was locked inside a glass box, with attendees unable to go hands-on with the hardware.

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