ASUS will be showing off a new and expanded range of 2-in-1 Transformer Books at IFA later this week, various sources suggest. It's been a year since the popular Intel Bay Trail powered Transformer Book T100 was unveiled. ASUS was expected to follow up this successful 2-in-1 with the T300 Chi and Transformer Book V dual-OS convertible following Computex but these devices still haven't become available.
Asus Transformer Book T200
The T200 will, as the name suggests, sit between the size of the T100 and T300 devices. It will add an inch to the T100 screen size and ship with an 11.6-inch display. Taiwan's PCOnline magazine reports that the T200 will be powered by an Intel Atom Z3775 quad-core processor, sport a screen resolution of 1366 × 768, and is equipped with 64GB of storage and a built-in GPS chip. Fixed storage can be expanded easily thanks to a free bay, situated in the keyboard, allowing drives up to 1TB. This convertible's weight is pegged at 750g for the tablet and 1.5Kg when combined with its keyboard base.
The T200's price should be around £299 plus tax at launch. A German publication has noted that the T200 has already appeared in retail listings in Austria priced at €429.
Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi
As mentioned above, we keep hearing about the 'Chi' but its launch date keeps getting further away. Last month ASUS was said to be incorporating Intel's first Broadwell chip, the Intel Core M, into the upcoming Transformer Book T300 Chi. This wait for the 14nm next generation Intel chip sounds like a very probable cause for its delay. The Intel Core M should allow the T300 Chi to be noticeably faster, slimmer and offer more battery stamina than older generation convertibles.
The ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi is already listed on the ASUS home page but as you can see the processor is unspecified, listed as a "Next Gen Intel Core Processor". The Chi has an impressive 12.5-inch 2560 x 1480 screen, supports 4G connectivity and is extremely thin.
While the ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi might be on show this week it isn't set to launch until January 2015, according to DigiTimes supply chain sources. The same source says an "upgraded version of the T100" should be launched this month (or next). According to PCOnline we will see both the 13-inch Transformer Book T300 (we aren't sure if this is the T300LA model) and the 12.5-inch Transformer Book T300 Chi at IFA this week.