CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android

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, Android, Laptops, Tablets, CES, Windows 8

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  • Android running as a hyper v vm would be better

    with a seemless switch back and forth, with touchscreen support.
    • More CES Announcements

      One other Windows 8.2 O/S tablet to be announced at CES is from Pipo Electronics and offers the new Intel Baytrail performance processor, 64GB memory, a 1920×1200 10-inch display and is priced at $399 and compares to Surface Pro but much more competitively priced — this new model is expected to be available in March.

      Also new is a Windows 8.2 and Android hybrid tablet from Ramos Electronics, with the same high end specs as the Pipo model but offers both operating systems. Ramos partnered with Intel in October and has launched a series of premium tablets running on Intel’s latest processors. The new Ramos hybrid model is expected to be priced around $449, and
      offers most of the same features as the upcoming Asus Duet model but with a price tag a good $150 less.

      Tablet Sprint is one U.S. source that will carry both of these new Windows based tablets – and also features a promotion with free 4G monthly full Internet access for a tablet with 500MB of data use monthly.
      Amy Hauser
  • Price

    It was a cop out to not give an availability date, but they said it would cost $599.
  • lol why windows?

    it's just a waste of time for producer to install that garbage
  • and also...

    ...unnecessary costs for consumer.
  • More features

    These new models should include new features as the Led Internet Device, something already on the market to receive Internet through the light of a LED bulb, known as Li-Fi