Asus believes its 2-in-1 Transformer devices have a bright future

Asus believes its 2-in-1 Transformer devices have a bright future
Last month, Asus introduced no less than four new Transformer Book devices, all being Windows-based tablet-notebook hybrids with screens ranging from 8.9 to 12.5 inches. According to Focus Taiwan, Asus plans to throw even more 2-in-1 devices into its product mix - most likely also including Android-based Transformer Pads.

Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently said that, "despite a stagnant PC industry", the popularity of tablet-laptop hybrid devices should continue to grow. It's obviously more convenient to own a device that can be either a notebook, or just a tablet, instead of buying two separate products.

Asus can be largely credited for popularizing 2-in-1 tablets. Its first Transformer hybrid device was an Android model introduced in 2011. However, the most successful (until now) is a Windows model: the Transformer Book T100, sold in more than 3 million units around the world since 2013.

The market for 2-in-1 portable devices is expected to grow significantly this year, with shipments likely to surpass 13 million units (from about 8 million units in 2014).

source: Focus Taiwan

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8 Comments

1. LifeSucks

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

While I do agree, the implementation has to be better. And we also need laptops that include phone dock.

2. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

But CHI series announced a month ago is nowhere to get yet... Note 8 from Asus is piece of unfinished crap. Sure they had Transformer first...but quality not suit the price tag...

3. uchihakurtz

Posts: 429; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Yeah, Asus is probably one of the only manufacturers that offer a decent price for spec. Dunno about quality though, my Nexus 7 FHD screen is pretty annoying (ghost touches), hope the Chi series would be good.

4. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

I got myself a transformer book (13,3" by the way) a year ago because it represented the perfect form factor for my needs. Indeed it was and still is, but three things Mar the experience... 1: Performance - I specifically got the i7 version because I didn't want to go down on specs (HP Envy x2!), but I find it amazingly lagging, even after hard resets. 2: Battery - from day one it wouldn't go for more than 3 hours in tablet usage, and as of now I can barely eeck a single hour out of it. 3: Built-in harddisc in keyboard - every time you attach the keyboard, it switches to desktop mode and tells you it has detected two hard drives. Every time! And Windows won't allow you to switch off this function!

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Intel and Windows have come a long way in the past couple years I had a HP Pavilion 13 x2, released at the end of 2013 i5-4210Y and 4GB ram but it performed well and had about 10 hours battery (5-6 hours in tablet mode) Only complaints is that it did get quite hot and the fan was loud I couldn't get the the fans to stay off for more than a minute or two, even in idle, which why I got an ultrabook instead But I'd wait for Skylake and Windows 10 before buying a new Hybrid Both are supposedly coming in Q3 this year

6. hypertonik

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Well, and what about Padfones? Mine might get old in the years to come...

7. phone-user

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Originally bought the T100, it was very good except a little small for my needs. So, purchase the T200 with the 11.6 screen and now perfect. It even support Miracast which I use all the time. Plus the keyboard base gives you full size USB, Lan connection and can take a hard drive installed. Very versatile devise.

8. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I had the original Transformer. Loved the keyboard dock which I felt was the best of its kind at the time. I'm disappointed in the tablet itself. Just too buggy and had to reboot it too often. I still do like the concept and would be interested in something like this the next time I upgrade my PC.

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