The Asus Transformer Book T100 is an inexpensive Windows tablet with a detachable keyboard that lets you use it like a notebook. It sells for under $400, gets long battery life, and offers reasonably good performance for such an affordable, portable device. It was probably one of the most exciting devices I reviewed in 2013.

Soon you may be able to get an Asus Transformer Book T100 with an even faster processor.

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German site Mobile Geeks noticed that some European retailers are now showing listings for a new Transformer Book T100 model featuring a 1.47 GHz Intel Atom Z3775 quad-core processor with burst speeds up to 2.39 GHz.

The original model featured a 1.33 GHz Atom Z3740 with burst frequencies up to 1.86 GHz. It still performed reasonably well at day-to-day tasks, and even some CPU-intensive activities. Neither model is exactly a high-end gaming device. But the new Intel Atom Bay Trail chips do a much better job of balancing power consumption and performance than earlier Atom processors.

Other specs for the new Transformer Book T100 include 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid state storage, and at least some models seem to have a 500GB hard drive (which I suspect is contained in the keyboard dock, not the tablet itself).

There’s no word on whether the new models will be available in the United States or how much they’ll cost if and when they arrive.



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15 replies on “Asus Transformer Book T100 2-in-1 tablet gets a CPU upgrade”

  1. Better buy the Lenovo Yoga 11 2. N3520, 4GB and 500 GB HD and 11″. Runs perfectly on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit with touch support, and with some tweaks wifi and bluetooth work too. Battery lasts for about 5.5 hours.
    I changed the HD for a 256GB SSD one and it does just everything I need.
    It replaces a tablet I never use :). Passive cooling, no noise, barely warm.
    Great machine. By a USB/Ethernet dongle and you have it all ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A memory bump to 4GB would have been nice option, especially since the new Atom chips support it.

    1. Yes, the RAM is really the major limiting factor on this device. The CPU is fine, it is noticably faster than my last notebook when doing stuff like resizing photos, but I had 4GB in that and I really notice the difference swapping between apps with only 2.

  3. Just got T100 it’s fab. Upgrade is nice but can’t wait for cellular option (as available for iPad) and wacom Digitizer with built in pen (like Asus Vivo Tab 8) Device heaven when that arrives! Got a Level One USB3 hub that gives Rj45 connect plus 3 USB 3.0 ports – perfect for the one USB T100. This device really highlights what Windows 8 is all about.

  4. Here’s hoping it’ll have some kind of Active pen stylus support! If so, ill definitely be getting this instead of the new Thinkpad 10.

      1. Except, It’s only a 10 inch screen and Windows doesn’t handle high DPI screens all that well.

        1. Well Windows 8 does have better DPI scaling than before except that desktop applications have to specifically use it. Due to that, there is a very inconsistent experience. I have some desktop applications that scale well and some that doesn’t scale at all, blurry or have elements cut off at the window borders. Even different applications from the same company (ie. Adobe) differ where one application scales well and another doesn’t.

          I’ve tried asking devs/companies to implement the new scaling features of applications I use. I hope they fix the.

        2. It depends on the application. I’d still prefer it, I have this tablet and it is actually easier to read PDFs on my phone (which is 1080), they look very fuzzy on it.

  5. Given the Z3775 is equivalent to the Z3770 plus about 15% better graphics… you can look at the performance of the HP Omni 10 ( http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-HP-Omni-10-5600eg-F4W59EA-Tablet.108702.0.html ) in order to get a sense of how this upgraded T100 will perform. So assuming the T100 has adequate thermal headway, expect in the neighborhood of a 15% improvement in performance across the board (CPU and GPU) at the potential price of a bit of battery life.

    So I’d say consider a discounted original model T100, as the overall experience and expected usable lifespan will be similar. But once there are models running 64Bit on 4GB of RAM you probably will see a better usable lifespan for a new purchase that could justify a higher price point (getting close to what the ultra low voltage (crippled) Haswell Y chips offer, but at a bit lower price point.)

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