I felt slightly guilty about describing Asus as a manufacturer of “bizarre hybrid devices that no one actually wants” yesterday, as its wares are at least different in a world of yawn-inducing same-old nonsense.
Take the Asus Transformer Book V, for example. It’s a laptop and a tablet and a smartphone, and while it runs ubiquitous bloody Android, it runs Windows 8.1 too. Why the hell not?
In laptop mode, the Asus Transformer Book V has a full QWERTY keyboard and 12.5in HD IPS display, with a dedicated hardware button inviting you to change between KitKat Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1. It’s powered by an Intel Core processor, and has storage of up to 1TB.
Rip the display off of the Asus Transformer Book V, and you’ve just made yourself a standalone tablet. Well, I say “standalone”; it’s really powered by the smartphone component, but again can switch between KitKat Android 4.4 and Windows 8.1, this time with “a tap on the screen”. Here you have 128GB storage to play with.
And finally, we have “the world's first 5-inch LTE smartphone powered by an Intel Atom quad-core processor”. It has LTE support and a 2,500mAh battery, and runs KitKat Android 4.4.
In terms of availability and pricing, Asus says only: "Product availability varies by country. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information." Who's buying/importing one?