Not long after the announcement of Intel's next generation Atom Z3000 series, Asus wasted no time with the unveiling of their latest 2-in-1 device based on the same new processor. At a side event held at Intercontinental Hotel just less than a block away from IDF, Asus chairman Jonney Shih took the stage to reveal their latest 2-in-1 device.
Explaining why the new device will be a mobility lifestyle game changer, Mr. Shih described how their popular low-cost EeePC has perfectly transformed into what is now known as the Asus Transformer Book T100. The new 2-in-1 device features a detachable touch screen that allows you to work on it in laptop mode or to use it as a consumption device in tablet mode.
The Transformer Book T100 features a 10.1-inch touch screen and it comes with Intel's quad-core 'Bay Trail' processor. The HD screen comes in the standard 1366 x 768 resolution and the entire device weighs no more than 1.07kg. When detached in tablet mode, the 'transformed' 10.1-inch tablet weighs only a mere 550g, which is lighter than most tablets of that size.
In terms of power consumption, the Transformer Book T100 is expected to last up to 11 hours under normal usage. It will be shipped with the latest Windows 8.1 operating system and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013. Asus will be shipping the device from 18 October in the US (which also happens to be the release date for Windows 8.1). Together with the new operating system and the bundled office software, the 32GB version of the Transformer Book T100 is surprisingly affordable, costing only US$349 while the 64GB version will cost US$399. Both versions will also include a free one year subscription to the unlimited Asus WebStorage plan.
|Asus Transformer Book T100 Technical Specifications|
|Processor||Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core|
|Software||Window 8.1 with MS Office Home & Student 2013|
|Display||10.1-inch HD (1366*768) IPS with multi-touch|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics|
|Storage||32GB / 64GB eMMC with 1-year unlimited Asus WebStorage|
|Battery||31Whr (11 hrs)|
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