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CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet is a hybrid laptop in more ways than one

         

CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet is a hybrid laptop in more ways than one

Asus has taken a cue from Samsung in making what it calls "the arena’s first quad-mode, twin-OS laptop." The corporate is relating to the Transformer Ebook Duet TD300, a thirteen-inch removable hybrid laptop that runs each Home windows eight.1 and Android… four.1.

Bizarre, however interesting, the roughly 1.12-inch skinny Transformer E-book Duet can change between Home windows and Android with the clicking of both a bodily button on its keyboard dock or a digital button on the zero.5-inch skinny tablet. With a thirteen.three-inch, 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen, this hybrid laptop runs on as much as an Intel Core i7 chip.

It can be this laptop-grade chip that enables for easy, seamless switching between working machine, ASUS says. The TD300 has ASUS making all kinds of claims, like that this hybrid rig is twice as quick as competing ARM-based totally tablets.

Backing up that CPU are as much as 4GB of DDR3 RAM and the consumer’s number of both an SSD as massive as 128GB or a troublesome force of as much as 1TB in measurement. Couple that with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth four.zero, and a entrance-going through HD webcam, and the TD300 u.s.a.the ante for a would-be iPad Professional.

However wait. Check up on the bodily connections on provide: a 64GB microSD card reader and headphone jack on the tablet, with three USB ports (one three.zero), Ethernet, HDMI and audio ports on the keyboard dock.

Oodles of apps

And with two OSes on the prepared, the TD300 has get entry to to "over 1,000,000 apps," ASUS claims. Which is over 1 million from Google Play, and greater than 50,000 from the Home windows Retailer – to not point out these from the entire current Home windows channels. (You already know, just like the Web?)

Due to the fact that Asus’s patented OS switching technology is just not virtualized (assume VMware or Parallels), it permits for switching between open Android and Home windows apps on the fly.

Collectively, the tablet and keyboard dock weigh four.18 kilos, making for a gentle and conveyable, Asus says. We are going to be the choose of that – and get pricing and availability data – when we get our fingers on the Transformer Ebook Duet on the CES 2014 exhibit flooring.

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