Slick Asus hybrid runs Windows & Android

Asus has debuted a “quad-mode” hybrid PC designed to run both Windows and Android. The 13.3-inch Transformer Book Duet TD300 allows users to easily switch between operating systems by simply pressing a button.

The $600 (base) system – which can be used as either a tablet or PC – is fitted with an Intel core i7 processor, a 13.3 inch IPS touchscreen display, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid state drive (SSD), 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetoth 4.0. and a microSD card slot for extra storage.

In addition, the detachable keyboard dock is equipped with a 1TB hard drive, Ethernet jack, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and HDMI output.

As Liliputing’s Brad Linder notes, the Asus Transformer Book Duet has the guts of a high-powered Windows notebook, but runs Android apps as well as Windows software.

“This gives you access to more than a million third party tablet apps from the Google Play Store, as well thousands of apps from the Windows Store or pretty much any software designed to run on Windows,” he explained.

“The Duet isn’t exactly the thinnest or lightest device of its type… but it is one of the more powerful, versatile laptop/tablet hybrids announced to date.”

The Transformer Book Duet TD300 is slated to ship with Windows 8.1 and Google Android 4.1 this May.