Asus announces Transformer 3 hybrids: three new tablets to compete with the Surface Pro 4

Asus announces Transformer 3 hybrids: three new tablets to compete with the Surface Pro 4
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With the new ZenFone trio having just been announced, it's clear that Asus is a fan of releasing things in threes. The firm's hybrid tablet series has also been furnished with a major bump courtesy of the all-new Transformer 3, Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer Mini. With plenty of strong hardware to be found within the new line of slabs, Asus is gunning for the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4—and not just in terms of power. 

There's little question that these new slates are rather similar to Redmond's lauded Surface line. The profile of the Transformer 3 has clearly taken cues from what's already out there—right down to the similar keyboard and kickstand. With the Surface Pro 4 considered by many to be the gold standard of hybrids, it makes some sense that Asus would use the tried-and-tested device as a guide. Having said that, this new Transformer 3 clique could struggle to capture the imagination of the consumer with such a samey exterior. 

Still, it's what's inside that counts, as they say, and the Transformer 3 series doesn't disappoint in this regard. The Pro model can be maxed out with Intel's seventh-gen Core i7 processor, 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB SSD. The standard model, meanwhile, can reach up to 8 GB RAM and 512 gigs of solid-state splendor. There's no i7 in the non-Pro variant, but rather an unspecified Intel Core 'Kaby Lake' chip. 

Both get USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 3, Harman Kardon audio, USB 3.0 / HDMI ports and a fingerprint scanner. They're each also kitted out with 12-inch displays of 2880 x 1920 resolution, so clarity should not be an issue. 

The Transformer 3 will retail at upwards of $800 while the Pro model will start at $1000. A third, Mini version will also be making its way to market in the near future with a 10.1-inch display and lightweight build. Naturally, the specs will also be sacrificed in favor of portability and a cheaper price point. Unfortunately, details on how much the Transformer 3 Mini will cost have yet to be revealed. 

Let us know of your first impressions in the comments!

source: Engadget via PocketNow

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23 Comments

1. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Surface-esque device is the future of tablets and laptops....cant wait to see future devices with dGPU......weldone microsoft

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Its really amazing how the table turn-around:two years ago,it was apple and android in tablet sector;now,everybody is going windows10

4. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

& from what i think, same will happen in the mobile race !! after MS Launches surface phone !!

11. tabVision

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

it still one device vs several hundreds android and several iphone headsets. MS rip in mobile(with Nokia unfortunately)

17. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

well.....wasn't that the case for surface also !! it tool them 3 gens to make it awesome n grab everyone's attention !! but...now, here we are....with everyone launching competitiors to surface tablets !! we will have to wait & watch

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

MS still lacks in the app department

18. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

has most of the apps we use frequently !! i mean...who really uses all the million apps on play store or apple online store ??

21. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Surface like hybrids are taking the market because ipads and android tablets are stupid devices with no extra functionality over smartphones unless you're only into casual browsing and streaming content, however phones have a different standard and IMO they are as good as they can be for the current time.

15. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Nope. Not a win10 user here but a win 8.1 user. I hate the fact that I can't play all my previous games on win10.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

#5 iPad running Windows 10.

5. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

& the specs of mini ?? i mean resolution, ram, cpu & other details ??

6. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

If Asus can price it under the Surface, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Huawei then they have themselves a winner. A M Core version would be nice to have too for those who don't want a noisy fan.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yes it will.. they already ruling the notebook market for years with their low price and great durability..

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3086; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Does it run goat simulator?

8. Shocky unregistered

Sadly yes, it probably does.

9. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Samsung case.

10. aReefer

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Very nice and tempting. I'd be interested in a well priced mini to keep on the nightstand for some pre-bed time surfing and videos, but they need to keep the weight down. This is especially important in tablet mode.

14. al.mujtaba

Posts: 3; Member since: May 29, 2014

When will the PRO be available for sale ? also it doesn't exist in asus website

16. biagnosis

Posts: 106; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

If they would release any 13.3 of this then I would sell my Dell Inspiron 7438.

19. buccob

Posts: 2944; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have been looking for a new Laptop to replace my 5y/o Asus... and now this news has me torn between the Zenbook UX303UA or this Transformer 3... we'll see...

20. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The Surface Pro sure is the new standard for tablets, fulfilling ALL the productive and consumption aspects of the form-factor, without any compromise. Job well done Microsoft and Panos Panay, knew this was the true tablet since unveiled in 2013, and now it's inspiring every manufacturer out there. Really loving the convenience of being 100% paperless and using 1 device for ALL my Tablet/Drawing Canvas/Paper/Laptop/Desktop needs.

22. Fellwalker

Posts: 516; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

No stylus, no competition. Just a 2in1

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Laptop Mag says the Pro variant has one with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, not sure of the other variants though: http://www.laptopmag.com/images/wp/purch-api/incontent/2016/05/transformer-3-pro-lead_675403.jpg http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/asus-transfomer-pro-3-features-specs But yeah, if no Stylus, it's half-assed on the Tablet experience, only offering the consumption aspect.

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