Asus introduced 3 new Transformer tablets this week, but the company has largely focused on the higher-priced, higher-specced Transformer 3 and Transformer 3 Pro. The official press release had far fewer details about the smaller, cheaper Transformer Mini.
But thanks to some of the folks on the ground in Taipei for the Computex show this week, now we have a better idea of what makes this 10.1 inch tablet tick.
- 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display
- Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor
- 2GB and 4GB RAM options
- Support for up to 128GB of storage (entry-level models will probably have less)
- Full-sized and micro USB ports, micro HDMI, and a microSD card reader
- 802.11ac WiFi
- Fingerprint reader
This isn’t the only new 10 inch tablet from Asus with a Cherry Trail processor. But while the Transformer Book T101 features 2GB of RAM and a solid keyboard that lets you use the tablet like a laptop, the Transformer Mini borrows its design cues from the Microsoft Surface: there’s a kickstand on the back of the tablet and the keyboard cover attaches to the front of the tablet via magnets.
Interestingly Asus has also omitted a rear camera from the Transformer Mini. There is a front-facing camera for video chats or selfies, though.
Asus says the Transformer Mini weighs 1.2 pounds and measures 8.2mm (0.32 inches) thick. The combined weight of the tablet and its keyboard cover is about 1.74 pounds.