Asus has announced its new Transformer Book Duet which can switch between Windows 8.1 and Android 4.2.2 operating system within 4 seconds. Although, this concept is not completely new to Asus. Their earlier hybrid laptop ran Android or Windows 8 depending upon whether it was attached to the keyboard dock or not. This time around, there is no need to attach the tablet to the keyboard dock for using the Windows 8 operating system. Just a press of software button on the screen will switch the device between Android or Windows 8.1 in a matter of just 4 seconds.
The Asus Transformer series of hybrid tablets have always been packed with pretty powerful processors. The Transformer Book Duet is powered by new generation Intel Core i3 ‘Haswell’ processor and there is no secondary ARM powered chip in this version. The whole unit is powered by single processor with Intel Iris graphics which is much more powerful than the GPUs from the ARM chipmakers. It has 4GB of RAM and 13.3″ touchscreen TFT display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. It even has a full-sized SD card slot and a 3.5mm headphone/audio jack. There is also an HD camera above the display for video calls. You can configure the Transformer Book Duet with Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors with 64GB or 128GB SSD storage. It can even be configured with a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels IPS display unit.
The keyboard dock is equipped with regular hard disk drive ranging from 320GB to 1TB. The keyboard dock has a multitouch trackpad which looks similar to the one found on Apple’s Macbook Air. The dock offers separate ports for Ethernet, USB, HDMI and 3.5mm headphones. When compared to previous generation Transformer tablets, there is no extended battery on the dock this time. The tablet and the keyboard dock combined weigh just 1.9KG. As of now, there is no word on the availability of the tablet. The base variant of the Asus Transformer Book Duet is priced at $599.