Asus unveils its new line of laptop/tablet hybrids with Windows inside - the Transformer Book Chi trio

Asus unveils its new line of laptop/tablet hybrids with Windows inside - the Transformer Book Chi trio
Asus surely likes the number 4 - apart from launching the world's first smartphone with 4GB of RAM, the Asus ZenFone 2, the manufacturer also revealed its device family, the Transformer Book Chi line, which actually consists of four devices. It consists of three hybrids between Windows-powered laptops and tablets. These new Asus device will allow their users to easily detach the full-blown magnetic keyboards and transform them from a laptop to a slate, which is pretty rad, isn't it? Naturally, doing the vice versa transforms the gadget into a compact laptop. As a whole, these are to be viewed as direct competition to Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 hybrid.

As we said right above, the Transformer Book Chi consists of three gadgets - 8.9", 10.1", and 12.5" ones, all of which are made of aluminum. The largest among them, the 12.5-inch Asus Transformer Book Chi T300, will be available in in two variations. One of them will come with a 1080p IPS display, an Intel Core M 5Y70 CPU clocked at 0.8Ghz, and 4GB of RAM, which will cost you $699.

The other one will boast a pixel-rich Quad HD IPS screen, an Intel Core M 5Y71 processor humming at up to 1.2Ghz, as well as 8GB of RAM, which boosts the price to $799. Asus also boasted that the T300 is thinner than Apple's latest MacBook Air, though tipping the scales at 1,445gr (measured with the detachable keyboard) makes the T300 a rather heavy slate. 

The mid-sized offering, the 10.1-inch Transformer Book Chi T100, is powered by a Intel Atom Z3775 chipset and has a resolution of 1,900x1,200 pixels. It will bear a $399 price tag once it lands on the market. Last, but not least, the munchkin in the group, the 8.9-inch T90, sports an 1,280x800-pixel display at the front and will damage your wallet by $299 if you decide to give it a go. 

Asus' new line of tablet/laptop hybrids will be available sometime this February. 

source: Asus via CNet



1. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I'd choose $799 any day. Huge specs difference for just $100.

2. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

I wish the lower model is not just 2GB ram... and we are in 2015 already.

3. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Finally a worthy competitor of the Yoga Pro 3

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Not particularly fond of the Asus displays and their issues. Went through two 10" Transformers before calling it a day and going with the Surface. I can only hope they've figured out what ails them.

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