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

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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12 Comments

1. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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?

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

10. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

12. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 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)

3. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 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?!

7. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

11. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

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

4. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

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

9. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

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

5. blinx

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

nice!!!!

6. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

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

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