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Looks like Asus has understood the pulse of the consumer. The Taiwan-based tech firm which gave a new definition to hybrid tech has now introduced the revolutionary category at affordable price points.
This can be said, as in a recent development; Asus has launched a new convertible tablet hybrid Transformer Book T100. The hybrid device is ultraportable, and boasts off a two-in-one design, where the tablet when attached to the dock, gets converted into a laptop.
Announced at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2013 in San Francisco, Asus Transformer Book T100 is powered by Windows 8.1 and the 32GB memory version of the model holds a price tag of $349 (Rs. 22,260) in the US market, whereas; the 64GB version will cost around $399 (Rs 25,356), even lesser than Apple iPads.
Coming on to the specifications, Asus Transformer Book T100 is powered by Intel's Atom chip line, code-named Bay Trail. Further, the tablet packs a 10.1-inch IPS HD display having resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Also there is 2GB of RAM, microSD card slot for memory expansion, USB 3.0, micro USB port and a micro HDMI; all coupled with one-year free subscription to avail Asus's webstorage facility. The best part, Asus has bundled keyboard dock station along with the Transformer Book T100 at no extra cost.
The Asus Transformer Book T100 is the perfect transformation of the Eee PC with full compatibility, detachable touch screen, immersive entertainment and enough battery for all-day computing," said Asus Chairman Jonney Shih. "It is truly a game-changer for our mobile lifestyle."
Available from October 18 in most of the international markets, there is no information right now on the availability of Asus Transformer Book T100 in Indian market. But if Asus Transformer Book T100 comes to India at Rs. 25,000, then definitely the device is recommended.
Reason being, apart from all the features and specifications, the company claims that the battery life of the device is supremely long up to 11 hours. Also, the Transformer Book T100 comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.
Build-wise, the chassis is made of complete plastic, but Asus has managed to impress critics. The design is practical yet subtle. Also, when both the tablet and the keypboard dock are joined together, the weight of Transformer Book T100 comes out to be lighter than most of the laptops. Now, it is to be seen how Microsoft's forthcoming Surface RT 2 compete against Asus designed Transformer Book T100.
However, definitely, the era of highly priced hybrids seems to phase off in the tech space.