The Asus Transformer Book T100 was one of the first low-cost 2-in-1 Windows tablets to feature a detachable keyboard. It’s been three years since Asus launched that tablet, and now the company is back with a new line of 2-in-1 tablets including models with much more powerful hardware… and much higher prices.
Asus unveiled the Transformer 3, Transformer 3 Pro, and Transformer Mini at the Computex show in Taiwan.
Asus Transformer 3
This Windows tablet has a 12.6 inch, 2880 x 1920 pixel display with 275 pixels per inch, an Intel Kaby Lake processor, and support for up to 8GB of RAM and up to 512GB of solid state storage.
The Tansformer 3 measures about 6.9mm (about 0.3 inches) thick and weighs about 1.5 pounds and comes with a “Sleeve Keyboard,” which is basically a laptop cover that also functions as a keyboard, and which props up the tablet. It’s a lot like the Smart Cover that Apple offers for its iPads.
Other features include Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Type-C ports, a fingerprint reader, and a 13MP camera.
Asus is expected to sell the Transformer 3 for $799 and up.
Asus Transformer 3 Pro
At first glance, this model looks a lot like the standard Transfromer 3. But its a bit thicker, at 8.35mm, and it has a built-in Microsoft Surface-style kickstand that lets you prop up the tablet without using the removable keyboard cover.
The Transformer Cover Keyboard for this model also has backlit keys, and the tablet supports up to an Intel Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM, and up to 1TB of PCIe x4 SSD storage.
The tablet has USB 3.1 Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 support, a 13MP rear camera, and front-facing camera with support for Windows Hello. Optional accessories include an Asus Pen for pressure-sensitive writing and drawing, as well as a Universal Dock with USB, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, and SD card ports.
There’s also an optional Asus Audio Pod which is a 4-speaker system with virtual 5.1 channel surround sound audio and a ROG XG Station 2 external graphics card for gaming or VR experiences.
Prices for the Transformer 3 Pro are expected to start at $999.
Asus Transformer Mini
Asus hasn’t revealed as many details about its smallest new Transformer tablet, but the Mini features a 10.1 inch display, measures 8.2mm thick, and weighs less than 1.2 pounds without a cover or 1.74 pounds with a keyboard cover.
The Transformer Mini is said to get up to 11 hours of battery life, has a Surface-style kickstand, and supports 802.11ac WiFi.
Asus hasn’t released pricing information for the Mini yet.