ASUS Reveals World’s Biggest Android Tablet

by Dale Wright

ASUS has announced a new tablet, but this isn’t just any old tablet. It’s the biggest Android tablet on the market, and the latest in its Transformer range.

The new ASUS Transformer AiO P1801 is a truly massive 18.4” tablet that will retail for £1,299 when it’s released in the UK. It’s so big, in fact, that it has its own integrated carry handle to make it easier to move.

Like other tablets in the Transformer range, the P1801 can be docked to a base station. However, it’s far too big to be docked into a laptop. Instead, ASUS have produced a desktop dock that will allow it to be used as a monitor.

The end result is something that looks suspiciously like the Apple iMac and unfortunately costs around the same amount of money.

The new ASUS tablet and its dock will offer two operating systems in one box. It’s an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet, but when a switch on the case is flicked, it boots into Windows 8. In that respect, it makes a little more sense as a device – Windows 8 is designed to be used with a touchscreen monitor, after all.

In terms of specs, details are sketchy at the moment. The P1801 has a truly huge 18.4 inch touchscreen capable of full 1080p HD and 10-point multi-touch. The dock adds a 2 terabyte hard drive, a built-in TV tuner and an Intel i7 processor. Undocked, the tablet relies on its Tegra 3 quad-core chip and its built-in kickstand. ASUS will also throw in 32 GB of cloud storage.

Such a massive touchscreen is unlikely to be popular with the kinds of people who enjoy taking their iPad with them on their travels, but it could be useful in the office, or for use around the home. However, it is still effectively two different devices in one, and many users may simply prefer to buy a tablet that’s a little more compact.