The Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi is a 2-in-1 Windows tablet with an 8.9 inch display and a detachable keyboard dock that lets you use the tablet like a notebook.
Asus introduced the Transformer Book T90 Chi at CES in January, along with the 10 inch T100 Chi and 12.5 inch T300 Chi. Both of the larger models are now available… so what about the smallest member of the lineup?
It looks like the Transformer Book T90 Chi is coming soon: Several retail sites are taking pre-orders for $299 and up.
Update: Most of those stores have removed the product pages. It’s not clear if the T90 will be available in the US anytime soon.
Note that I’m pretty sure none of these stores actually has the T90 Chi in stock as of mid-April, 2015. But they all have product listings for an Asus 2-in-1 with the model number T90CHI-B1-BK, suggesting that a version with a black case should be available soon.
The Transformer Book T90 Chi features an Intel Atom Z3775 Bay Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8.9 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, front and rear cameras, and Windows 8.1 software. It comes with a 1-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365.
The $299(ish) model has 32GB of storage, but Asus may also offer a model with 64GB.
The tablet measures 9.5″ x 5.4″ x 0.3″ and weighs 14 ounces. Add the keyboard dock and you’ve got a laptop that measures 0.65″ thick and weighs 1.65 pounds.
It’s an interesting little device for folks looking for a Windows tablet that’s easier to hold in one hand than a 10 inch model, but which comes with a keyboard for use in laptop mode. But the keyboard itself is rather small and doesn’t have a touchpad.