The Asus Transformer Book family of computers are 2-in-1 devices that can function either as laptops or tablets. Some models have detachable keyboards, while others have 360 degree hinges that allow you to fold the screen until it’s back-to-back with the keyboard.
One of the most popular lines has been the Transformer Book T100 series, which feature 10 inch tablets, detachable keyboards, and relatively inexpensive price tags.
Now Asus is starting to show of its next-gen model. The company unveiled the Transformer Book T101 at an event in France.
The new model features an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 802.11ac WiFi. It will be available with 64GB or 128GB of storage, and the tablet will be available in three color options: gray, blue, or pink.
Asus says the tablet will be available in August for 299 Euros and up. I suspect that means the starting price for a US model will be around $299.
Interestingly, this is the second model with a Cherry Trail chip from the company. Asus launched the Transformer Book T100HA in 2015. That model has a slightly slower Atom x5-Z8500 processor… but it also has twice the memory, with 4GB of RAM.
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is already available for purchase for $299.
Asus is currently showing a non-functional model of the new Transformer Book T101, but the company says it will ship with an IPS display that’s brighter than the screen on previous models, at 400 nits rather than 300 nits.
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Asus T101. That sounds way too familiar. Haven’t they been using this name or nearly identical for years? There’s at least one called the TF101 and that was like 5 years ago! They really ought to differentiate their new products better.
you mean this comes as a surprise after “T100(TA)” and “T100(HA)”?
T100HA had two versions, 2GB and 4GB (with the latter only available in some markets), so it’s possible this will be the same. Nice to see improved AC WiFi.
When Intel ditches Atom, I only hope we’ll see a T100 successor that’s based on Apollo Lake or whatever.
They should go with 3:2 ratio
What a strange step back for Asus. Slower CPU and less ram. I wonder if they at least went to a Full HD screen
wouldn’t that just make it worse instead of better? since now the lesser system has to render more area.
It’s a low-end model. They still have other high-end models. That’s not a step back. It’s an upgraded T100. Which was a decent device on its own.
It says faster CPU…?
Thats wrong. The Z8350 is going to be a marginal boost in performance over the Z8300. The Z8500 is still going to be more powerful
2GB RAM? Teh fuck?
Why should I buy that instead of T100HA? I don’t believe it will perform better in any relevant area.
Maybe, note that early Cherry Trail’s had a over heating issue that causes throttling… Especially, as most OEMs didn’t account for the increased heat generation of the more powerful GPU and only used the same cooling systems they used for cooler running Bay Trails…
The newer Cherry Trail’s haven’t been thoroughly tested yet but slightly better clocks suggests they at least tweaked the thermal issues and thus it may have better sustained performance.
While we’ll have to wait and see if they offer a 4GB version as well…
Mind, not all T100HA’s came with 4GB of RAM… So we’ll have to wait and see… but the brighter screen, and AC wifi, could be a consideration for some and there may be other differences as well that may be revealed later…
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