Transformative Convertibles

Asus has officially introduced several new models to its Transformer line, with new Atom, Intel Core, AMD and nVidia processors added to its convertibles and tablets.

The Transformer Book T100, its first tablet featuring an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. The company showed off the 10 inch Windows 8 convertible tablet at IDF in San Francisco this week.

It features 2GB of RAM, between 32GB and 64GB of storage, a 1.2MP camera, and comes with a pre-installed copy of Office 2013. It has a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display, and the new 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor with turbo boosts up to 1.86 GHz.

The T100 works as both a tablet and a notebook thanks to a keyboard dock, like other members of the Transformer Book family. Each section has its own battery, offering up to 11 hours of combined run time. IO includes a micro USB port for charging (and/or external USB devices), a micro HDMI output, a headphone/mic jack, and a keyboard dock that adds a USB 3.0 port.

The Transformer Book T100 is due out in late October with prices starting at $349.

ASUS also announced the X102BA, an ultraportable running Windows 8, with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display and 10-point multi-touch. It features an AMD A Series APU and comes with USB 3.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The X102BA is bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

The Asus Transformer Book Trio (above), is a 3-in-1 notebook, tablet and desktop PC that uses both an Intel Atom and 4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5 Processor. You can use the Android tablet on its own, connect it to the keyboard to use it as a touchscreen display for a Windows 8 notebook, or plug the keyboard base into an external display.

The Transformer Book T300, is a 13.3-inch laptop with a detachable Full HD display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8 tablet. The CPU options consist of the i3-4010U (1.7GHz), i5-4200U (1.6-2.6GHz), and the i7-4500U (1.8-3.0GHz), with Intel’s HD Graphics 4400 handling graphics duties. Storage is pure SSD, supporting 64/128/256GB options. It’s likely to be priced near $1000.

The Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10″ Android convertible with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad core 1.9GHz processor with a 72-core GeForce GPU.

Paul Thurrott has a Fall 2013 Windows Tablet Preview with the latest from Asus, Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Microsoft Surface, and Toshiba.

If Thurrott is accurate, here’s what’s coming this fall/holiday season:

  • Acer: Updated version of 8-inch “Bay Trail” W3-810. Battery: 8 hours. Price: $349
  • ASUS: 10.1-inch “Bay Trail” Transformer Book Trio T100TA. Battery: 12 hours. Price: $329. (This is a complement to the pricier 13.3-inch Transformer Book.)
  • Dell: 8-inch “Bay Trail” Venue. Battery: 10+ hours. Price: $299
  • Dell: 10.8-inch codenamed “Midland” running “BayTrail.” Battery life: 9 hours (replaceable). Price: $399
  • Lenovo: 8-inch “Bay Trail” Miix 8. Battery: 8 hours. Price: $249
  • Lenovo: 10.1-inch “Bay Trail” Miix 2. Battery: 8 hours. Price: $449.
  • Nokia: 10.1-inch Qualcomm (ARM) codenamed “Sirius.” Battery: Up to 10 hours. Price: $499
  • Toshiba: 8-inch “Bay Trail” Encore. Battery: 6-7 hours. Price: $329

As Haswell laptops and ultrabooks become available this year, older laptops and hybrids, using the core Ivy Bridge series, are getting discounted. Same deal with the new Bay Trail Atom chips.

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