Asus Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300, Dual-OS Device Running Windows 8.1 And Android

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Asus Transformer Book Duet

As expected, Asus today launched Transformer Book Duet TD300, first convertible device that runs both Android and Windows 8.1. You can switch between them with push of a single button. This Windows device runs on Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD graphics and 4G DDR3L 1600 RAM.

Read all the details below.

Las Vegas, NV (January 6th, 2014) – ASUS today announced Transformer Book Duet (TD300), the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android in either laptop or tablet modes with just a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a powerful Intel® Core™ i7 processor at its heart, Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM® processors. ASUS SonicMaster technology and dual speakers ensure that Transformer Book Duet delivers incredible audio for immersive entertainment.

Quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet with Instant Switch
ASUS Transformer Book Duet (TD300) is an extremely capable device that is able to function as an Android or Windows 8.1 tablet or notebook. Users can simply switch operating systems with a single push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet.

By offering both operating systems, ASUS provides users the ability to run supported Android applications and a vast array of native Windows applications. Transformer Book Duet features a powerful Intel Core i7 processor with Intel HD graphics and 4G DDR3L 1600 RAM, giving it performance that’s up to twice as fast as existing tablets powered by ARM® processors.

The patented ASUS technology that powers Instant Switch offers many performance and productivity benefits over other dual-OS solutions, such as fast, smooth and seamless switching and the ability to resume each OS from where the user left off. As it does not use OS virtualization, Instant Switch also allows each OS to harness the full power of Intel’s latest processor technology.

Striking audio-visuals
ASUS Transformer Book Duet (TD300) delivers striking visuals on its 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS touchscreen display. This multi-touch display features sensitivity and responsiveness that exceeds Microsoft’s requirements for Windows 8.1. For audio, it comes with ASUS SonicMaster technology for true-to-life sound through the tablet’s dual speakers.

In addition, Transformer Book Duet has a front-facing HD camera with a built-in digital mic for video chats. The tablet display has 128GB of SSD storage that can be supplemented by a 64GB Micro SD card, while the keyboard dock houses up to a 1TB hard disk drive. The dock is also home to USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, a LAN port, and HDMI 1.4 output with 1080p support. In terms of connectivity, ASUS Transformer Book T300 has 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR.

ASUS Transformer Book Duet sports the same stylish concentric-circle finish found in other ASUS offerings. The Transformer Book Duet has compact dimensions, with the tablet measuring 342.7 x 216.3 x 12.9mm; and the dock measuring 340.9 x 217.6 x 16mm. Together, they weigh around 1.9kg, making it supremely portable and flexible for those on the go.

SPECIFICATIONS*
Transformer Book Duet TD300 •Dual-OS – Windows 8.1 Standard / Android 4.2.2
•13.3-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display
•Up to Intel® Core™ i7 processor
•4GB DDR3L 1600 RAM
•Up to 128GB SSD in Tablet
•Up to 1TB HDD in Dock
•38WHr battery, estimated battery life around 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android 4.2.2.
•802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
•Tablet ports: Micro SD card, Headphone jack, DC jack
•Keyboard dock ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100Mbit/s LAN, HDMI 1.4, audio combo jack, DC jack

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  • Joe_HTH

    Another idiotic product. When will these assclowns get it through their head that if I have Windows 8, I don’t need Android. What is the friggin’ point of putting Android on this? Microsoft needs to put an end to this crap.

    • JohnCz

      The best way to deal with this … don’t buy it.

  • free2

    Its not upto Microsoft what OS OEMs put on their hardware. These PC Plus devices are what OEMs in an act of desperation hope to tackle the decline in the traditional desktop/laptop market. No need for modern UI that just runs crappy lightweight versions of websites and desktop apps. Desktop mode still sucks on touch screens. Also Microsoft clearly jumping into bed with Nokia. This is what Microsoft needs to sort out or it will get worse.

    • Bugbog

      I’d hazard anyone buying such a high spec’d unit such as this isn’t looking to have it come with an under-spec’d OS attached?!

      • free2

        Why would Intel want to legitimize Android when they have their own platform in Tizen. 81% of the smartphone market has an android device. That makes the entire Android echo system which is fully touch optimized available on your laptop also. More importantly by your software once run anywhere, phone, tablet and desktop. Android is a mobile OS and Android chrome is more standards compliant than desktop ie. Checking your mail or browsing on Android could extent battery life on a laptop.

        For 81% of the smartphone market desktop mode and android is a better solution than desktop mode, modern ui mode and android. This is an area Microsoft must fix soon.

        What can be in no doubt this I’d a direct response from OEMs, responding to double digit market shrinkage. OEMs are desperate and chrome books and these android solutions are long shots. The problem isn’t android or chrome os but the fact that OEMs feel the need to take these long shots. Some commentators are called CES an open rebellion.

  • Malcolm Williams

    I’ve been waiting for the official announcement of this.

    Personally it does perform a lot of good things in terms of trying to bridge the ipad tablet retail dominance while providing a decent android experience. It’s actually a perfect compromise from a user perspective.

    I can’t wait to get a unit to test it out. While it looks mediocre I’m glad OEMs are stepping up. But would it kill you to use android 4.4.2??? Far more optimized