CES 2015: Asus launches 3-4 Transformer Book Chi laptop/tablet hybrids

CES 2015: Asus launches 3-4 Transformer Book Chi laptop/tablet hybrids

Earlier this morning we detailed the spanking new Asus ZenFone 2, which launched at CES 2015 with entirely decent specs and a frankly astounding(ly low) $199 asking price.

In typical Asus fashion, the Taiwanese manufacturer has plenty more up its sleeve, and here we’re being introduced to three – kinda four – new Asus Transformer Book Chi laptop/tablet thingamajigs.

For those unfamiliar with the Asus Transformer Book deal, you’ve essentially got a touchscreen tablet with a keyboard accessory that effectively turns it into a laptop. All good? Good.

The new Asus Transformer Book Chi chaps all rock Windows, with aluminium builds and displays measuring 8.9in (T90), 10.1in (T100) and 12.5in (T300).

The 12.5in Asus Transformer Book Chi T300 actually comes in two sub-flavours, one with a 1080p IPS display, Intel Core 5Y10 processor clocked at 0.8GHz, 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM.

The superior T300 has a QHD IPS display, faster Intel Core 5Y71 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, and double the storage and RAM at 128GB and 8GB.

Those will set you back $699 or $799 respectively, and Asus proudly says they’re thinner than the MacBook Air. Both have 2MP 720p front cameras, too.

Moving down the ladder, we have the $399 Asus Transformer Book Chi T100, with a 10.1in display (1920 x 1200), Intel Atom Z3775 processor clocked at 1.46GHz, 1 or 2GB of RAM, 32 or 64GB internal storage, and 5MP/2MP rear/front cameras.

And finally, there’s the $299 Asus Transformer Book Chi T90, with a tiny little 8.9in display (1280 x 800), and the same processor, RAM, storage and cameras as the T100.

Asus, you are completely insane, but we wouldn’t have you any other way. Expect the Transformer Book Chi trio to land sometime around February.

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Treab  Jan. 6, 2015 at 13:28

a 0.8ghz processor with 4gb ram... am i being thick here or does that sound odd to anyone else???

lcurdie / MOD  Jan. 6, 2015 at 13:37

I furrowed my brow at that, too, but it's right here in black and white on the Asus site.

Treab  Jan. 6, 2015 at 13:42

why would they do that.... even if it has more power than an older 2ghz processor the way it sounds would put most consumers off...

krogothnx  Jan. 6, 2015 at 17:01

Considering you get 2ghz+ clock speeds in phones thesedays, 0.8ghz sounds woefully underpowered.

I wouldn't touch a Core M device personally, they're all far too much form over function. Nothing wrong with having a fan in the design - stuff like the surface pro proves they can work just fine.

satchef1  Jan. 7, 2015 at 09:12

The new T100 sounds rather lame. I bought the first one a year ago and, two revisions later, it's still packing 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Neither are enough. It was the RAM and storage space that hampered the original the most, not the SoC, screen res and lack of rear camera.


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