Asus announces the $349 Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 hybrid

Asus announces the $349 Transformer Book T100 Windows 8.1 hybrid
Earlier this month at IFA in Berlin, Asus showed off the Transformer Book T300 and the Transformer Book Trio, which are both higher-end devices in the convertible tablet/laptop market. Today at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Asus showed off the budget entry Transformer Book T100, which is a Windows 8.1 hybrid device.

Where the T300 is a high-end 13.3-inch Windows tablet/laptop, and the Trio is an Android/Windows hybrid, the T100 is a more simple affair. It is, as the name suggests, a lower-end version of the T300. The T100 will feature a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display, a quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor rated for about 11 hours of use, 2GB of RAM, and an included keyboard dock. 

The T100 will come in two storage sizes. The 32GB will start at $349, and the 64GB model will be just $399. And, as we said, these devices do run full Windows 8.1, and further prove that Windows RT is pointless, with Windows 8.1 devices at this price point. The Asus Transformer Book T100 is expected in stores on October 18th.

source: Engadget



18. sam.7

Posts: 68; Member since: Jul 10, 2013


15. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Win 8.1 on 2GB or RAM? I'd love to see how that does.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'm totally getting this based on reviews

11. FanDroid

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Too small storage 4 a windows device. It does run legacy apps but im sure u'll be out of storage wid a few of 'em

6. Antonyjoseph

Posts: 217; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Baytrail & Haswell has killed RT. MS is too stubborn to accept they made a costly mistake.

10. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Just think for a moment: would Intel suddenly be pushing their newer ATOM processors so well if not threated by the possibility of Microsoft developing their platform toward ARM instead of x86 for tablets? That is the single best reason for the existence of RT in my opinion, even if it doesn't windup being necessarily successful, it suddenly means a platform (windows store apps) that runs on both x86 and ARM, where x86 and ARM would usually mean completely different sets of apps.

5. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

2014, the year of Windows 8 tablets

4. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

This may be the first Windows Tablet able to fight with the Android ones. I am really looking forward to the Bay Trail performance and battery consumption. My expectations? Around a Snapdragon 800 for CPU and an Adreno 320 in GPU but providing better battery life than the ARM chipsets.

7. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

CPU is way better than any ARM, GPU losses to the S800 and tegra 4

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Thanks, I was actually reading that one after commenting. So I was not that far away in my guess, I just understimated a little the CPU. And think that in the reference one they use the most powerful chip. The one in the ASUS tablet is the Z3740, not the Z3770 they reviewed. So you can expect a 20% less performing CPU which would put the socket again in the Tegra 4/Snapdragon 800 range.

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

As far as I remember there was an article on PA a couple of months ago that showed us a BayTrail Android device hitting the 50K mark on AnTuTu. That leaves us curious about the performance of BayTrail on Windows 8.1.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

That's exactly the link brrunopt added if you are curious:

3. raphz

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 22, 2012

wow good product

2. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

In 2014, full windows 8.1 tablets will flood the market, and MAYBE replace those "tablets"... my opinion....

12. LordDavon

Posts: 188; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

+1 The new Intel processors are putting more power into the "low end" systems, and they are becoming more capable systems. This is the era of the new netbook/tablet hybrids running a full OS.

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012


17. AKumar47

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

this is badass!!! its bill's bday btw...

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