CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android

Summary:Asus has unveiled a hybrid hybrid, putting both Windows and Android in the Transformer Book Duet.

Asus Transformer Book Duet (Image: Asus)

Most hybrids are tablets and laptops in one device, both running Windows 8. Asus has shaken that definition with the Transformer Book Duet that runs both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2.

The Transformer Book Duet is a 13.3-inch tablet with a laptop dock that turns the device into a fast Windows laptop. Or an Android laptop, as you can switch the OS with a flip of a switch, which works on the tablet, too. You can run Windows when it makes sense and Android when you want to run one of those many apps in the Play Store.

Transformer Book Duet specs:

  • Processor: Up to Core i7

  • Memory: 4GB

  • Storage: Up to 128GB in tablet, 1TB in laptop dock

  • Display: 13.3-inch IPS, 1920x1080

  • Communications: 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0

  • Ports: Tablet — Micro SD card, Headphone jack, DC jack; Laptop dock — 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, LAN, HDMI, audio combo jack, DC jack

  • Battery: 38WHr battery, estimated 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android 4.2.2

  • Dimensions: Tablet — 342.7 x 216.3 x 12.9mm (13.46 x 8.51 x 0.5in); Laptop dock — 340.9 x 217.6 x 16mm (13.42 x 8.56 x 0.62in)

  • Weight: tablet and laptop dock together 1.9kg (4.18lbs)

Based on the specs supplied by Asus the Transformer Book Duet is not the lightest nor the smallest hybrid at over 4 pounds and 1.1 inches thick. Using an Intel Core processor is only yielding 5 hours running Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android, making it not very good on a charge compared to the competition.

It does look like a powerhouse so those looking more at performance may find this to the just the thing.

Asus has copped out by not providing pricing nor availability, indicating only that those interested should contact an Asus representative.

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Topics: Mobility, CES, Laptops, Tablets, Windows


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