Asus Transformer Book Duet at CES 2014 – features and price of the convertible dual-OS
Intel at CES 2014 a new door convertible with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2 with Instant Switch technology from Intel.
The hybrid devices that juggles between Windows and Android are not a novelty, but until now lacked a technology for so-called “official” as the ‘ Instant Switch to Intel , the company announced at the press event in Santa Clara from CES 2014. And you draw the first products to use the Instant Switch is the Asus Transformer Book Duet , a brand of hybrid and convertible knows something.
The Transformer Duet Book TD300 is advertised as a convertible 13.3 ” quad-mode , and that is capable of providing four operating modes: laptop or tablet with Windows 8.1 or even laptop or tablet with Android, with the ability to switch from one mode to another in a matter of seconds, 4 if you change the operating system, and much less when it engages and disengages the keyboard-dock.
The look is very similar to that of the family Zenbook, but it is important to emphasize that the Transformer Book Duet is not a Ultrabook. The shell is made of simple plastic and weight and dimensions are not those of an ultra-high-end handset. This is not necessarily a negative factor as well: the Duet is thus intended to provide wider access with a variety of configurations of CPU, storage, and display.
The CPUs will have a choice of Intel Core i3 and i7 Haswell and of course all with integrated GPU. Critics on the other hand the choice of display: the cheaper models there is a TN panel with 1366 × 768 (very suitable for use tablet given the reduced viewing angles), or a more than adequate for 1080p IPS superior models.
Among the information shot by Asus is not mentioned neither the price nor availability date, but at least for the USA are talking about a starting price of $ 600 . We leave the technical details.
Asus Transformer Duet Book TD300: technical
- Dual-OS: Windows 8.1 Standard and Android 4.2.2 (x86)
- 13.3-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display
- CPU: up to Intel Core i7
- RAM: 4GB RAM DDR3L 1600
- tablet storage: up to 128GB SSD
- storage keyboard-dock: up to 1TB HD
- Battery: 38WHr, 5 hours with Windows 8.1, 6 hours with Android 4.2.2.
- Connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
- Ports tablet: Micro SD card, headphones, power
- doors keyboard-dock: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100Mbps LAN, HDMI 1.4, combo audio jack, power