Asus introduces the $349 Transformer Book T100 convertible tablet with Bay Trail

Asus is officially introducing its first tablet featuring an Intel Atom Bay Trail processor. The company showed off the upcoming Transformer Book T100 during Intel’s press conference at IDF in San Francisco, but now Asus is providing more details about the 10 inch Windows tablet.

The Transformer Book T300 is due out in late October with prices starting at $349.

Asus Transformer Book T100

The Transformer Book T100 features a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor with turbo boosts up to 1.86 GHz. It has a 10.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS touchscreen display, and Windows 8.1 software. It has 2GB of RAM, between 32GB and 64GB of storage, a 1.2MP camera, and comes with Microsoft Office Home & Student.

Like other members of the Transformer Book family, the T100 works as both a tablet and a notebook thanks to a keyboard dock. Asus promises up to 11 hours of run time from the 32Whr battery.

As a laptop, the Transformer Book T100 weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures 0.93 inches thick. Lift the 10 inch tablet away from the keyboard and it’s just 0.4 inches thick and 1.2 pounds.

The tablet has 1 micro USB port, microSD card reader, micro HDMI port, and audio jack. The tablet dock adds a full-sized USB 3.0 port, along with a keyboard and touchpad.

Asus will charge $349 for a 32GB model and $399 for the Transformer Book T100 with 64GB of storage. Both prices include the keyboard dock.

Chippy from UMPC Portal has posted a hands-on video of the Transformer Book T100:

  • sri_tech

    $349 for full Windows 8 tablet with keyboard dock and free MS office 2013?

    That’s fantastic deal for the price.

    • Anton Gl

      But, ’cause it is not Pro version of Windows, it’s ‘ll impossible to use this product in Active Directory-based networks. Or very limited. Of course, user ‘ll able to upgrade to Pro version, but it will cost some money (about $150, I suppose).
      Second is MS Office without MS Outlook and MS Access. Situation are similar like above.

      • CyberGusa

        On that second part… only on RT were things like Outlook originally missing… Now with 8.1, even RT gets Outlook!

    • David Gosnell

      Yes that is pretty stunningly good value. I can only imagine Microsoft must have pretty much given away Windows to drag Asus away from Android.

      • sri_tech

        I don’t think thats correct. You can already get Windows 8 laptops with Celeron (pricier than atom), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD for $269.

        Also, you can get touch screen laptops with core i3 (much costlier compared to atom), 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD for $399.

        They might have reduced the price slightly and giving MS Office free for 8-10 inch tablets as rumored.

      • CyberGusa

        Yes, the deal is any tablet that’s 10.8″ or smaller qualifies to get MS Office Home & Student 2013 for free and pre-installed… So it helps promote Windows on mobile devices…

        Many of the early W8 tablet pricing was because OEMs wanted too much profit margin and made too expensive designs… Partly because MS set the bar too high with the Surface’s initial pricing…

        This T100, though, is more modeled after their Transformer series and thus better priced… Albeit a bit small at 10.1″ but nothing people used to netbooks couldn’t get used to…

      • NathanMentley

        I’m also under the impression that BayTrail is much cheaper than CloverTrail. I’m not exactly sure how… But apparently bay trail is a key part in the cheaper windows 8 tablets.

      • CyberGusa

        Bay Trail is officially cheaper than Clover Trail… The Clover Trail dual core Z2760 has a listed Tray price (which is for starting minimum order quantities) of just $41… But Bay Trail trumps that as the quad core Z3740 and Z3770 have a Tray price of $32 and $37 respectively.

        While Z36xx model Bay Trail’s will come out later that will offer even cheaper dual core models for Bay Trail Android tablets.

        Add, if a OEM orders a large enough quantity order of chips then they can get a better deal on the price… Along with the previous point about how OEM’s are getting better at making affordable models means we should see many more better priced offerings with Bay Trail than we saw previously with Clover Trail…

      • David Gosnell

        Yep, you’re right. I forgot to factor in the huge transatlantic price differences – we get wholesale shafted over here on this kind of stuff, so I thought $350 looked cheap…

  • loopyduck

    So is it called the T100 or the T300? Or the T800 perhaps (I guess you wouldn’t want that version; too much chance of Skynet suborning it and wiping out humanity)?

  • George

    Last nail in the coffin for Windows RT, Surface RT?

  • Dennis

    Nice. Speakers on the back. Good job

  • Ex Post Facto

    My body is ready

  • buzz86us

    this looks cool now i am glad I didn’t wind up buying the Nook HD+ the only thing that could improve this would be a pen digitizer.

  • Mow

    Why does it have an ugly shiny back? They should make it matte like the keyboard.