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ASUS Transformer Book Duet gives you the best of both worlds

In a growing market of me-too products, companies like Lenovo and ASUS are looking to stand apart from the pack with innovative designs and interfaces.
 
ASUS today announced the Transformer Book Duet that can run both Windows 8.1 and Android. While a dual-OS tablet is nothing new for ASUS, its previous generation products features a tablet that ran Android, and when docked with a keyboard (which included an onboard Intel Atom processor) would switch to Windows.

 
However, the Transformer Book Duet can switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.1 at the touch of a button — in either tablet mode or when docked with the keyboard. At the heart of the machine is a Core i3 for the base model along with a 1366x768 display. If you want to add on the options, you can select up to a Core i7 processor, 128GB SSD, and a 1080p display.
 
When you dock the tablet with the keyboard, you have access to up to a 1TB HDD, USB ports, Ethernet, and an HDMI port.

 

The Transformer Book Duet will start at $599 for a Core i3 model with the 1366x768 display. To get the 1080p display, you’ll have to pay an additional $100. There is, however, no pricing available for the Core i5 and i7 models. 


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Has potential
By Visual on 1/7/2014 3:32:32 AM , Rating: 2
Missing anywhere in the article is the diagonal size spec, which I googled up to be 13 inch. Weight is a bit under 2 kg with the keyboard, but I can find no mention of the weight of just the tablet part.

I did finally manage to import a Surface Pro 2 here despite MS boycotting my country so stubbornly, and I am finding the lack of a good keyboard dock with freely adjustable display angle a bigger negative than I thought. Display size is a tad too small for comfort as well... This Transformer could have been a perfect fit for me if it only had a digitizer and stylus.




RE: Has potential
By nangryo on 1/7/2014 3:40:40 AM , Rating: 2
What country are you? Why Microsoft boycotting yours?
Never heard of before


RE: Has potential
By Labotomizer on 1/7/2014 9:04:35 AM , Rating: 2
Surface Pro 2 isn't released worldwide at this point. Supply issues seem to be the likely culprit as it was a very difficult find over the holidays.


RE: Has potential
By Visual on 1/7/2014 9:26:05 AM , Rating: 2
It is not supply issues, I don't know what it really is. But just as the original Surface Pro never made it here, I don't expect the new one either.
I'm from Bulgaria, technically in the EU so it might even be illegal the way they discriminate us and don't want to sell to us. But they aren't the only ones, devices from Google Play aren't available here too, and a bunch of other things. Sometimes I feel like my country is actually on the bottom side of the maps.


RE: Has potential
By retrospooty on 1/7/2014 12:51:42 PM , Rating: 2
"I'm from Bulgaria, technically in the EU so it might even be illegal the way they discriminate us and don't want to sell to us."

LOL... Nothing against you or Bulgaria, but the EU in general has been a major pain in MS's backside with all the rules and regs and lawsuits. I am no MS apologist by any means, but in this case I cant blame them. The EU and their anti-competitive nonsense lawsuits is just ridiculous.


RE: Has potential
By Visual on 1/8/2014 2:52:51 AM , Rating: 2
But they do sell in most of EU, thats the thing.


RE: Has potential
By kathytorris1k on 1/8/2014 5:13:51 PM , Rating: 2
One other Windows 8.2 O/S tablet to be announced at CES is from Pipo Electronics and offers the new Intel Baytrail performance processor, 64GB memory, a 1920×1200 10-inch display and is priced at $399 and compares to Surface Pro but much more competitively priced — this new model is expected to be available in March.

Also new is a Windows 8.2 and Android hybrid tablet from Ramos Electronics, with the same high end specs as the Pipo model but offers both operating systems. Ramos partnered with Intel in October and has launched a series of premium tablets running on Intel’s latest processors. The new Ramos hybrid model is expected to be priced around $475, and offers most of the same features as the upcoming Asus Duet model but with a price tag a good $200 less.

TabletSprint is one U.S. source that will carry both of these new Windows based tablets – and also features a promotion with free 4G monthly full Internet access for a tablet with 500MB of data use monthly.


RE: Has potential
By nikon133 on 1/7/2014 3:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
MS is doing strange thing with Surface at present. I'm working for IT company in New Zealand, and back in December, some of our customers showed interest in new Surface Pro 2. We checked with our suppliers, and even if one of them was officially selected as channel supplier for tablet, they could not sell one to us because MS was initially focusing on education and retail, and no Surface Pro 2 were available from supply channel... so they pointed us to retail store instead.

Additionally, docking station for Surface 2 Pro was not available AT ALL in NZ.

S2P has great potential in business, docking station makes it a desktop replacement for many scenarios, and adds great laptop/tablet portability for people who work both in and out of the office... but for some reason, MS is stubbornly trying to crack markets they don't own, instead of building beachead on the market they do control; almost like someone there has very bad case of inferiority complex and keeps trying to prove something.

And I even don't see SP2 as good choice for students. It is too expensive, unnecessarily powerful (in many cases) and still missing a lot in gaming segment (which, I'd expect, many students would desire). If I was a student right now, I'd rather go for gaming capable laptop AND light tablet for taking notes and doing light work on the run, if I'm too lazy to drag around laptop with me; probably Atom based Winblet for Office compatibility.


RE: Has potential
By stmok on 1/7/2014 6:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
It's not a boycott on your country.

It depends on what Microsoft is trying to do with the Surface Pro 2 and which markets its aiming for.

As well, if they can only produce a certain number per month, certain countries get priority.

For example:

USA and Japan are ranked "Tier 1" countries.

While places like Australia and New Zealand are ranked "Tier 3" countries.

The rank is due to market size and demand for technology at a particular place.

Tier 1 countries will get priority if limited numbers are produced.

...This is exactly what happened with Lenovo in 2011. They refused to release their AMD E-350 APU-based ThinkPad in Australia. I think it was called ThinkPad X120e .

Instead, they pushed out some other model for this market. Australians had no choice but to order from USA through a proxy buyer who resides in the United States.


Is there a need for this?
By Moishe on 1/8/2014 4:08:18 PM , Rating: 2
I like innovation, but a dual OS transformer? I just don't see the need.

I can do all of the basics in either OS just fine, so even a single switch of the button is too much if I'm already there.

The only benefit I can see if a larger set of apps, but this isn't Win 8 RT, it's Windows 8.1.

It adds complexity and solves a problem that doesn't exist.




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