Transformer Book Duet TD300

The TD300 is the world's first quad-mode, dual-operating system convertible Android Central @ CES

This looks interesting: ASUS just announced the first device ever capable of operating as an Android or Windows 8.1 tablet or notebook. The TD300 is powered by an Intel i7 processor and 4 GB of RAM and can be switched from Android to Windows with a touch of a button. ASUS says that what makes the TD300 diffferent from other dual booting devices is this "Instant Switch" technology -- here, users will be able to pick up from where they left off in each OS profile.

Consider our curiosity piqued. We'll be knocking down ASUS's booth door here in Las Vegas, but until we do, check out the full press release, complete with the TD300's impressive specs, after the break.

ASUS Announces Transformer Book Duet TD300

ASUS Transformer Book Duet is the world’s first quad-mode dual-operating-system laptop and tablet convertible

Las Vegas, NV (January 6, 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

 

AVAILABILITY

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

1     Specifications and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. For more details about the products mentioned in this press release, please visit http://press.asus.com .

 

 

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ABOUT ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

 

Reader comments

ASUS' Transformer Book Duet TD300 now official

34 Comments

It would match my needs nicely, but only if one could replace the MS-Windows with a full Linux install (like Mageia or Fedora or something).

There has to be an Asus Chromebook in this announcement somewhere...right?

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With the core i7 I could have sworn it would have been more than $599. I bet it will, though.

Posted via my kitkat-powered machete with a Tegra 4

Notice the wording on the specs.

"**Up to** Intel® Core™ i7 processor"

They're probably going to be playing the obvious marketing game of "State the lowest price with the highest specs".

Interesting. I might have to look into this depending on how much support there is on the Android side with that processor. And as long as the Windows side is the full version of 8.1 like the Surface Pro tablets.

I am going to guess this comes in around $1200.

This. Is. Awesome!! This is easily a steal at 600 bones.

Posted from my "Gift from God" Nexus 5, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.

You will not get this with an i7 and 128GB of SSD storage for $600. That'll be the starting price for the shitcan specs.

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I would find it more enjoyable to have everything on one OS. What are the perks of having a dualboot tablet/notebook?

Let's just hope this succeds. These other Win-droids haven't done too well.

Posted via Android Central App on my Nexus 5 (4.4.2)

With an estimated battery life of two hours as it downloads a near-continuous stream of OS updates, app updates, and notifications across both OSs.

Just wondering, will both the OS be able to share the filesystem or common storage partition? If I have a file in the Windows partition that I need to access in Android, will it be able to do it? If not, then it won't work for me :(

I need a laptop (don't have one at all) and I think this, the Acer Aspire S7 and Macbook pro are the ones I'm looking at. I think I'll get rid of the macbook because I own only one apple product (iPad 4) and my desktop is Ubuntu my tablet is Android and My phone is windows phone. So this piqued my interest. How much is the million dollar question, does anyone know?

Posted from my Nexus 7(2013).

I use the lenovo yoga as my every day laptop and its awsome bar the lack of duel booting. Things are looking good for this product, just hope it lives upto exspectations

Too bad it doesn't come with a digitizer and wacom pen like the 8 inch device they also announced. That would truly make this device perfect.

Does this thing make tea as well??

I am sold on the Transformer concept because of my TF300T. In many ways THIS does everything, so having Windows in the mix may help - I think.

I have been thinking of getting the transformer book trio. May just hold off and get this instead

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I have a question for the AC team - specifically for Anndrew.

Despite the schizophrenic nature of this dual system, four mode device - does it still make sense, if you wanted an Android based transformer, before they launched this . . . . THING?

I am very intrigued by this! I do wonder what kind of graphics processor it has though? I am also interested in the new NVIDIA K1 chip. This would be great for school though!