Asus Transformer AiO is an 18.4 inch tablet that runs Windows 8 and Android

We have already seen a big 27 inch all-in-one PC from Lenovo revealed during CES 2013 that can also be used as a really big tablet (Lenovo prefers to call it a "table PC" but you can put the screen down on the floor as well). Now Asus has announced plans to launch its own AIO Windows 8 product that has a similar feature, but done differently than Lenovo's solution.

Asus's CES 2013 press release reveals the first details on the Transformer AiO, which features an 18.4 inch screen with 1920x1080 resolution support that can detach from its base to be used as a separate tablet product. It has an Intel Core processor inside for running Windows 8 applications while on the go; battery life for the product was not revealed.

That's not the coolest feature of the Asus Transformer AiO. It  has a NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor inside as well. Why? So that it can also run Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) natively, of course. Asus says just one button push is all it takes to switch between using Jelly Bean and Windows 8.

There's no word yet on when the Transformer AIO will be released, but pricing for the PC will start at $1,299 with an Intel Core i3 processor inside, with higher prices for the versions with Intel Core i5 and i7 chips.

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If they could strip everything from it except from 18" 1080p IPS (as I assume) screen and pack it as a touch-capable monitor I would be first in line to buy it...

I'm not really interested in something like this. I don't want to invest too heavily into two ecosystems, but at the same time I'm presented with a dilemma.

Android doesn't fulfill my needs as a desktop OS (I'm a DevOps Mon-Fri and weekend PC Gamer), and Windows 8/RT are too new to fulfill my needs as a mobile platform.

I think I'd rather take a wait and see approach, rather than buying into a hybrid solution like this, which involves investing in (apps) and accepting two somewhat competing platforms.

At first this seemed compleetly stupid to me. But it makes a bit of sense.

It's both work (Windows) and play (Android). Microsoft wants Windows to be fun as well but right now it's ecosystem can't compete with Android. Many people already bought apps for Android but they also need Windows to be productive. Microsoft's future on the consumer market is uncertain so this is a nice hybrid for OEMs.

At the same time it's uncertain how much tablets will replace traditional computers in households. I can see this as a family tablet-PC where dad works on Windows and the kids play on Android. Not sure how much market there is for something like that but I can see where they're comming from.

Although I'm sure that in 20 years we'll look at this and laugh.

I really hope they release a version with only Win 8 and an x86 processor, and lower price. If I do take it off as a tablet, I'm probably not taking it out as other tablets, but just playing games on a couch for a bit, and won't need long battery life.