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Asus Announces the Qube and 18.4-Inch AiO Dual OS Tablet With Tegra 3 [CES 2013]


Asus rattled off a barrage of announcements this morning, here at CES, a couple of which are Android related. First we have the Qube, a unique Google TV box that attaches quickly and easily to your HD TV. The only other Android product was a massive 18.4″ tablet that boots both Windows 8 and Android. Details on both below. 

Asus Qube

The Qube was rumored leading up to CES and is exactly as was expected. It’s a standalone Google TV box that connects to your TV. It has a unique “Qube” interface, but the rest is just as any other Google TV device with access to Google Play, Netflix, Chrome, and voice searching. It’s expected to be available in “late Q1” of this year.


Asus Transformer AiO

The AiO tablet is an all-in-one Windows 8 PC with a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GT 730M graphics, but when removed from its dock, can quickly turn into a massive 18.4″ Android tablet, running a Tegra 3 processor. It seems a bit overkill for the everyday user, but it could come in handy for business folks or those who continue to think that no screen is too big. The AiO will be available in Q1 of this year (any day now).

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ASUS Transformer AiO — the world’s first all-in-one PC with a detachable tablet

Transformer AiO is the world’s first All-in-One PC with a detachable display that doubles as a standalone tablet for three distinct modes of use. Transformer AiO is a fully featured desktop PC with Windows 8, and is powered by a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor with NVIDIA® GT 730M graphics for outstanding multi-tasking and entertainment performance. The 18.4-inch Full HD IPS display delivers brilliant images with 178-degree wide viewing angles for easy enjoyment with friends and family, while ASUS SonicMaster audio technology ensures an immersive listening experience with music, movies and everything in between.

With its display detached from the desktop PC Station, Transformer AiO instantly becomes a king-size tablet with two different operating systems to suit different tablet needs. Wireless Remote Desktop technology maintains a high-speed wireless connection to the PC Station for complete remote control of Windows 8 using the multi-touch display. Alternatively, Transformer AiO seamlessly switches into a self-contained Android 4.1 tablet with an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor at the touch of a button. The integral handle makes it easy to carry the tablet from room to room and a built-in stand keeps the display at the perfect angle for tabletop use.

Qube with Google TV – Bring the world of entertainment to your TV

Instantly add Google TV to your HDTV with the ASUS Qube. Qube with Google TV offers both motion control and voice search that integrates Google Play, Chrome™, YouTube™in one compact device. With access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows* from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, plus numerous apps, videos and games from Google Play, ASUS Qubewith Google TV is the perfect media content device.

ASUS has developed the unique Qube interface, which displays functions via a rotating on-screen cube shape. The advanced remote control supports motion sensing for gaming and other applications. Customers can also control Qube with Google TV from their Android smartphones and tablets using the Mobile Remote app, available through Google Play. ASUS includes 50GB of WebStorage cloud space with every Qube with Google TV.

For customers who need a professional-grade monitor to enhance their work, the LED-backlit PA249Q ProArt delivers uncompromising color precision, pre-calibrated at the factory to ∆E <5, the highest accuracy of any screen in its segment. It includes a 16:10 1920 x 1200 IPS panel for superior image quality and viewing angles, with 100% Adobe RGB color reproduction and customizable color adjustment options. Users can modify red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow hue levels independently, a highly sought-after feature in graphics design. ASUS QuickFit Virtual Scale displays images and documents in their native size on-screen for “what you see is what you get” accuracy. A five-way navigation key provides easier control of display parameters, and customer comfort is enhanced by tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments. The PA249Q includes four USB 3.0 ports to enable connectivity with multiple devices at up to ten times the speed of USB 2.0.

  • google tv? Ugh, not a good os. Until you can properly install XBMC, I will never recommend a google tv product

  • Nexus Q went back to development and came out the Asus Qube?

  • Matthew Arthurs

    …. but, with the cube run xbmc…. thats all i care about 🙂

  • nightscout13

    Wow… we’re headed towards a hybrid solution: Tablet/TV/PC/coffee table all-in-one

  • Jarred Sutherland

    Well the cube thing is .. a cube, glad they got that right. Beyond that it’s ugly and … ugly.

  • So If I read this correctly.

    The base station of the tablet stays on your desk but if you wanted to be mobile, you could just take the tablet part with you and as long as the base station was connected to the internet and your portable tablet was as well, you would still have full control and access of the desktop away from home?

    If this is priced well, this could be the Next Big Thing thats worth getting.

    Asus has truly innovated something neat here. This is what I like to see come out of CES, new ideas for how we can use the tech in the connected world around us. Not stale reused ideas in new “boxes” from last year.

    • WAldenIV

      Switching between Win8 and Android ecosystems makes no sense whatsoever, though. Want to work on those Office files while on the road? You can’t, it’s an Android tablet. This concept defies logic.

  • Anon

    I think whoever owns Cobalt Networks’ trademarks might have an issue with that.


  • Thank god my ability to curl 50 pounds will come in handy

  • I’m more focus on this Cube. It’s no surprise they made this giagantic thing ama bob but I think this is where Android needs to be more enhanced with-portable Google TV.

  • Warwick

    Damnit i just bought a laptop a few months ago

  • kane

    I thought Windows 8 was Microsoft pretending to make booting secure while strong arming people out of using alternative operatling system. Did someone make a (another?)deal with the devil to have it boot android.

  • ChrisI

    Yet still no US release of the Padfone 2…..

  • coolsilver

    Windows 8. Gag me with a spoon.

    • Danrarbc

      Come here, I’ll gag you with the whole silverware drawer.

      • JoshGroff

        Can I help?

  • Naga Appani

    18.4 inch?? Really? Tablet?? For hulks???

  • mgamerz

    I think you have your images mixed up… Switch two of them around

  • Transformer with an 18.4″ screen? What’s it transform into, a drive-in movie theater?

  • jhawkkw

    I would probably pass on the AIO because anyone with an Infinity would tell you that tegra 3 has a problem keeping up with all the pixels on a 10.1 screen. On a 18.4 inch screen, forget about it. Wait for a tegra 4 version later this year.

    • Danrarbc

      Or heck, why not use only the Intel chip. If you really mess with the settings and use the ULV version you might be able to get the wattage down when undocked while still bumping performance docked – not to Cedar Trail levels but probably fairly low.

      Then it’s one uniform experience and no reboot.

  • Greyhame

    No new android only tablet? They must really be focusing everything they’ve learned to building the ultimate Win8 machine. A little disappointed… I was looking for more android products from ASUS. Hopefully the Qube delivers.. I need to give my dumb TV a Googley brain.

    • Danrarbc

      I’m guessing the new ASUS tablet will be another Nexus at this point and that’s why we didn’t see one.

  • mike vasquez

    Will the qube let you play music through Google play and movies you might have on play movies through your tv?

    • I’d say yes because it has full play intergration.

    • CopierITGuy

      Yes, as will other Google TV devices. I got the Vizio Co-Star for an early Christmas present. Been VERY pleased with it! Full Google Play integration at its finest!

      • Brian Williams

        I was a Logitech Revue early adapter and an all-around GTV advocate. My big gripe is how unstable Shockwave is with the Revue, and since it’s been all but abandoned, we have little hope of a Revue resurrection. I’ve been considering the Co-Star but may hold out for this new gem.

  • Didn’t they demo the AiO like half a year ago or so, but were keeping everyone from even touching it? I hope people can finally touch it now.

  • And thus, FrankenTablet was born…

    • Dave

      My LED Vizio only weighs about 15 pounds, maybe I could just dock my phone and carry a 42″ tablet around.

      • Brilliant. That’s still pocketable right?

        • Dave

          Not in skinny jeans.

          • peeyourownpants

            time for a diet

          • Dave

            ……or Hammer Pants.

          • FAL_Fan

            That was some of the best dialogue in a while…nicely done sir.

      • Sirx


    • michael arazan

      Basically it is to replace a desktop pc, apple came out with one back in october, a large tv like touchscreen monitor but all in 1 device, except the one here is portable and slightly smaller than the apple device i saw in october.

  • Daniel Russell

    Asus AiO is definitely the kind of device I want to look for during my next PC/Tablet purchase except for the ridiculously giant screen. I use windows, but I would hate to use the windows 8 tablet interface when in “tablet mode”. So the fact that it can switch to an android interface is awesome.

    • Kurtis Tamez

      right there with ya. 18″ Though? I can’t consider the 21″ Monitor I’m looking at right now to be “portable” like a tablet. even 10″ is pushing it on a tablet. I don’t understand why Android is stuck on 7 and 10 for tablets when Apple has shown in between is “just right” Call me Goldilocks.

      • Danrarbc

        Samsung and Toshiba have Goldilocks devices. Hope we see both upgrade to new internals this year.

        • itznfb

          Aaaaaand…. no one wants them. Or ever wanted them. Just like no one wants an iPad mini. People want 7″ or 10″. Which is why companies make them in those sizes. Shocking isn’t it?

          • Kurtis Tamez

            Has anyone put the total effort into 8-9″ like Kindle/Google have with the 7″? Nope. For a long while Android was basically stuck at 10.x as well, because that was all that was available/promoted (Not that they sold worth a damn either). If there was a relatively affordable 8-9″ with decent internals (Like Dan alluded to above), it’d be great, even moreso if it was hyped enough to sell well and have more of a useable life beyond the next 12 months that the manufacturer will actually care (Thanks to Development support it can last longer).

          • Danrarbc

            Yes, the Excite 7.7 is very good as is Samsung’s – and the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is too.

            However, they are running older silicon now.

          • itznfb

            There have been smaller tablets ever since the first Android tablet. They have terrible sales numbers which is why they are dying off.

          • Kurtis Tamez

            Yep, cuz the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are definitely dying off. [/RollsEyes]

            Build a quality item and market it well and it will sell, and make money.

          • itznfb

            Um… yeah. We are talking about sizes between 7″ and 10″ as per your original comment to which I replied.

    • eharris560

      Are you using Windows 8 on your computer? If so, what is the difference between the Windows PC and tablet interface?

      • WAldenIV

        There is no difference.

        • eharris560

          Yeah I know. I just wanted him to clear up his explanation.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Does the tablet have built in Wacom digitizer tech…? That is all I need to know. My Cintiq is too big to lug home on a regular basis.

  • Ben

    Did they have any videos of the AiO? Very interested in this type of product. I have to be able to run Windows constantly for work, but really prefer Android at home.

  • Murphy

    What the?!