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ASUS Transformer Book range to be expanded following IFA event

by Mark Tyson on 3 September 2014, 11:35

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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.



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Silly (yet sensible) question but… If windows 9 is going to give you a hard choice between desktop mode and tablet/ARM mode - is an exception going to be made for devices like this? Otherwise, the (formerly metro) interface would hobble the laptop form of this, while the desktop only interface would make the tablet form almost useless!
£299 for the T200 looks like a reasonable deal to me, but why, oh why Asus have you given it the possibility of storage expansion (good) but only 2GB RAM (bad). 4GB RAM for that price and you'd have a hit.
The Chi has an impressive 12.5-inch 2560 x 1480 screen, supports 4G connectivity and is extremely thin.
The MBP-style “thinner is better” is getting daft - especially with a device like the Chi (which has all the “workings” in the screen) I'd argue that thinner is worse because you end up with a keyboard/dock that lacks the weight to stop the whole lot tipping backwards unless you have the screen vertical (which makes it difficult to see).

Am I in Asus-fan-boy mode or are devices such as these (if they had a decent amount of memory!) getting good enough that you could easily consider them instead of a normal laptop for a lot of uses. (Gaming laptops and “professional workstations” are excluded of course because of the unique requirements that they have).
Tpyo
Silly (yet sensible) question but… If windows 9 is going to give you a hard choice between desktop mode and tablet/ARM mode - is an exception going to be made for devices like this? Otherwise, the (formerly metro) interface would hobble the laptop form of this, while the desktop only interface would make the tablet form almost useless!
I don't think anyone outside of Microsoft knows the answer to that question - although like you I'd expect W9 to be smart enough to switch to “tablet mode”, i.e. MUI, if you detached the keyboard. So if you've got mouse+keyboard (especially keyboard) then you get “classic” interface, detach and you get MUI with touch driven menus and a virtual (i.e. onscreen) keyboard.
Put it this way, if I was on the design team then that's how I'd do it.
I'm waiting for Broadwell to arrive before bagging myself something like this but yes these more portable form factors are what I'm looking for now. A tablet such as the Surface Pro 3 is the perfect computing device for me but I'm not in dire need so I'll wait :D
crossy
£299 for the T200 looks like a reasonable deal to me, but why, oh why Asus have you given it the possibility of storage expansion (good) but only 2GB RAM (bad). 4GB RAM for that price and you'd have a hit.

Currently using the T100 with 2GB RAM and it runs very very well. Windows 8 does seem very well optimised for 2GB of RAM for low usage. Even Half Life 2 (full PC version) works like a charm….
Zhaoman
I'm waiting for Broadwell to arrive before bagging myself something like this but yes these more portable form factors are what I'm looking for now. A tablet such as the Surface Pro 3 is the perfect computing device for me but I'm not in dire need so I'll wait :D
Did you see the bit in the article that said:
Last month ASUS was said to be incorporating Intel's first Broadwell chip, the Intel Core M, into the upcoming Transformer Book T300 Chi
And personally, I'd trust Asus' design team over Microsoft's since the former definitely has a track record of designing good devices. If the Chi was £499 (possible?) then I'd take that over a Surface Pro 3 without much thought being needed. (Yes, I'm an Asus fan boy).
Brewster0101
Currently using the T100 with 2GB RAM and it runs very very well. Windows 8 does seem very well optimised for 2GB of RAM for low usage. Even Half Life 2 (full PC version) works like a charm….
Interesting to know (thanks!), although the “low usage” caveat would worry me if the T-series device was my main one. I'd assumed that 2GB RAM would result in much swapping/paging going on - which is going to prematurely age the SSD. Actually the T100 looks like a very interesting device - less than £250 for the full “Windows experience”, which is the same price more-or-less as a less capable (in my mind) Surface 2. Oh, and at that price I'm thinking that it makes a lot of mainstream Android tablets look a tad overpriced.