Asus will soon release a full-size Windows 8.1 tablet with a keyboard. While that’s nothing groundbreaking, what is surprising about the Transformer Book T100 is the price: $350.
A new generation of Atom processors have begun shipping, and Asus went to the Intel Developer forum to announce this tablet, which will be powered by a 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3740 “Bay Trail” processor. It’s going to include 2GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of storage.
This device will be built around a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel, IPS touchscreen.
The Transformer Book T100 will have a microSD card reader, and a micro-HDMI port, plus a 1.2 MP front-facing camera.
It will be bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student.
Given its low starting price, some might assume that the keyboard dock will be sold separately, but it will be bundled with every unit for no extra cost — making this a hybrid laptop rather than a tablet.
In addition to a typical laptop-sized keyboard and touchpad, this will include a full-sized USB 3.0 port and a second battery that can allow this computer to run 11 hours.
The tablet and keyboard will each weigh 1.2 lbs.
Price and Availability
The Asus Transformer Book T100 is going to debut on October 18.
The 32GB version will cost $350, while the 64GB one is going to be $400.