Asus Transformer Book 13 inch detachable tablet launching May 21st

Nearly a year after introducing a 13 inch Windows 8 notebook with a detachable tablet portion, Asus has announced that the Transformer Book will finally be available for purchase in the US starting May 21st.

Asus Transformer Book TX300

The Asus Transformer Book TX300 features a 13.3 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, and 4GB of RAM.

The tablet portion of the computer houses a 128GB solid state disk. But there’s also a hard drive in the keyboard portion, which adds 320GB to 500GB of additional storage.

You also get longer battery life when the tablet is docked to the keyboard, since there are batteries in both the tablet and keyboard.

Asus hasn’t revealed the official price for the 13 inch Transformer Book yet, but MacMall has been taking orders for a model with a Core i7 CPU for $1430 for a while.

Hopefully the official launch means more stores will carry the Transformer Book, and offer the cheaper Core i5 option.

Asus is also expected to launch a 10 inch Transformer Book with a much lower price tag of around $399 in the future.

 

  • toronado455

    Not sure how they can manage the heat from the Core i series in this form factor. I’m guessing not very well. Or at least not to my standards.

  • earthzero

    Where are the Haswell annoncements? Why are the still bothering with Ivy Bridge when Haswell is shipping and will be formally released in just 2 weeks? I’m not sure I see the point here…

    • http://twitter.com/Shizueleven shiboo

      So, you’re saying you’re willing to wait another +/- 14 months for the Haswell version to come out? Cut the CPU-craze already.

  • Joseph

    The ASUS Transformer Book is already shipping and it’s just like what we expected from the initial sneak peak last year. Except fer one thing…

    It seems they’re going to only have one configuration option for the i7 for North America. There’s no i5 option, as they mention here:

    http://www.squidoo.com/asus-transformer-book-price-review-tx300

    Except for those certain places mentioned. I think the i7 configuration is more bang for your buck anyway. With all the extra space too.