Asus made a splash in the low-cost Windows tablet space a few years ago with the introduction of the Transformer Book T100, a 10 inch tablet with an Intel Atom processor, a detachable keyboard, and a sub-$400 price tag.
Last year the company followed up that tablet with the T100HA, featuring a faster processor and more RAM.
Now Asus is getting ready to ship a newer model called the Transformer Mini T102HA. While the $399 list price might not seem quite as cheap in 2016 as it did a few years ago, the new version does have a few welcome additions.
The tablet features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RA, and 128GB of solid state storage, giving it more storage capacity than most Windows tablets in this category. Unlike earlier Transformer Book tablets, the new Transformer Mini T102HA also comes with a pen.
The new model is also a bit more compact than its predecessors: the tablet and keyboard combined weigh about 1.7 pounds and measure about 0.6 inches thick. The tablet alone is less than 1.2 pounds.
Another new features is a fingerprint sensor with support for Windows Hello secure login capabilities.
One change that’s likely to make some Transformer Book fans unhappy? The new Transformer Mini has a kickstand and soft keyboard cover that’s more like a Microsoft Surface keyboard than the hard, laptop-like cover used for older models.
Other features for the T102HA include a USB 3.0 port, a micro USB port, a micro HDMI port, a microSD card slot, and a 3.5mm headset jack. The tablet supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1, and it features a 2MP webcam.
When Asus first introduced the Transformer Mini, the company said it would be available in 64GB and 128GB models… so it’s possible that a cheaper 64GB model could join the 128GB version that’s up for pre-order for $399. But it’s also possible that the other model will only be available for purchase in select markets.
I you are looking to save some money, the 2015 Transformer Book T100HA is still available. You can pick up a $269 model from B&H which has an Atom x5-Z8500 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
via Tablet Monkeys