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ASUS announces Transformer Book Duet - detachable combo with Windows 8.1 and Android

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ASUS announces Transformer Book Duet - detachable combo with Windows 8.1 and Android
ASUS just blew the serious computing doors open at CES with the announcement of the Transformer Book Duet TD300. Dubbed as the "world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible," it lets you alternate between Winidows 8.1 and Android 4.2 with a push of the dedicated Instant Switch button.

The detachable tablet part sports a 13.3-inch Full HD display, and up to an Intel Core i7 processor, as well as 4GB DDR3L 1600 RAM, and up to 128 GB SSD. The dock can add up to 1TB of storage more via a HDD, and it features most of the ports - 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100Mbit/s LAN, HDMI 1.4, audio combo jack, and a DC jack, while the tablet part sports a Micro SD card, headphone jack and a DC jack only. The 38WHr battery, estimated battery life around 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android 4.2.2. In addition, we get 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity

The Transformer Book Duet is a pretty cool concept, which, however, comes a tad thick and heavy, with the tablet half measuring 342.7 x 216.3 x 12.9 mm, while the dock adds 340.9 x 217.6 x 16 mm, and the whole contraption together weighs around 1.9 kg, which is not the best achievement out there. Availability for the intriguing dual-OS convertible of ASUS will be announced at a later date, but the price is known, and it starts off at the very reasonable $599 level.

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posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:47 2

1. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Android running on a Core i7 and 4 GB of RAM? Is that even possible? Or does it have a separate processor running Android?

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:01

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1398; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Not propably, screen/tablet part comes off, which I think includes Android 'organs'.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:05 1

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4022; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


That's what I thought, but I'm not sure. Samsung got Android to work on an i5 with the Ativ Q, so it might just be Intel Core running everything.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:47 1

2. 14545 (Posts: 1112; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Will it have a Wacom digitizer? If not, then no sale. However, I will buy if it has one. It will let me get rid of my Note 10.1.

posted on 07 Jan 2014, 06:42 1

12. Krjal (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Dec 2013)


That's what I'm looking for too. Would love this with an active digitiser. I might even get it if they went n-trig (probably not :p)

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:48 1

3. rihel_95 (Posts: 216; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Core i7, 4 gb ram and $599 only! Not to mention 128gb ssd and 1 tb storage. I must be wrong some where! What would the benchmark look like on Android?!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:01

7. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


benchmarks dont really show i7s power. because intel cpus score low on non optimized benchmarking apps.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 21:42

11. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


$599 is starting price. You can configure it up to i7, which will (most likely) cost (a lot) more than $599.

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:49

4. deathgod (Posts: 120; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Was excited until I saw the battery life. Hopefully the next version will be much better!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 15:02

9. dratomic (Posts: 461; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


dont forget about a version after that. i will be even better. and so on

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:50

5. blinx (Posts: 21; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


nice!!!!

posted on 06 Jan 2014, 14:56

6. ianbbaa (Posts: 198; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Notebookbilliger.de already some hours ago introduced 2 models of ASUS duo.

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