Latest News: Technology |  Celebrity |  Movies |  Apple |  Cars |  Business |  Sports |  TV Shows |  Geek


Filed under: News


Asus Announces Transfomer Book Duet TD300 - Windows And Android, Together At Last. Wait, What?

Jan 7 2014, 12:16pm CST | by

10 Updates
Asus Announces Transfomer Book Duet TD300 - Windows And Android, Together At Last. Wait, What?
Photo Credit: Forbes


Full Story

Asus Announces Transfomer Book Duet TD300 - Windows And Android, Together At Last. Wait, What?

Asus has debuted the Transformed Book Duet TD300 at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The TD300, a laptop/tablet convertible, is being marketed as the first ever “quad-mode” convertible, as it is able not only to switch between tablet and laptop mode, but also between Windows 8.1 and Android.

Who with the what now?” is probably a reasonable response to this product.

Touchdown and conversion?

One of the things that makes Asus an interesting company – and also one confusing to those consumers who really just want to know what colors the Apple iWatch is going to come in – is its readiness to experiment. The Eee PC – a tiny, inexpensive laptop with a 7″ screen that launched the company as a serious maker and seller to the consumer – was an example of this. More recently, the PadFone – a phone that slotted into a tablet mounting when a larger screen was required – headed a series of hybrid devices released alongside more orthodox devices (such as the FonePad, which turned out to be a 7″ tablet with a SIM card slot and dialler software, and of course Google's first Nexus 7).

The high watermark of this willingness to smush genres together is, and remains, last year’s Transformer Book Trio – a convertible with an ARM processor in the screen and an Intel Core chip in the base.When united, the Trio was a Windows laptop. When separated, the screen became an Android tablet and the usually purposeless keyboard, if connected to a TV or monitor, became a desktop PC. This seems utterly absurd, until you start enumerating use cases – in particular someone who needs a Windows machine, and is often at a desk, but who also has some desire for mobile computing – or even a family which needs both of these devices, but not necessarily two of either.

The Duet is a somewhat different proposition, offering only one processor, located in the screen section. This is an Intel Core i7, which runs both Windows and Android, without virtualization.

Although this is an exciting new way to play Rymdkapsel, the expectation is probably that the system will largely be used with Windows 8 running in the dock, and Android running when removed for tablet usage. So, in effect, Asus is offering a solution to the problem of the relative paucity of apps available for Windows 8′s Metro-as-was tablet mode – a solution that involves running an entirely different mobile OS when the 13-inch screen is undocked. This seems extreme, but in particular for those who are used to using their tablets as productivity devices, and who have invested significantly in apps, it opens up some interesting possibilities.

It is also worth noting that Android will run absurdly quickly on a mobile Core i7 without virtualization, although it will lack hardware optimization built for ARM processor architecture, and realistically Android apps are not built to optimize for that level of processing speed. The switch between Windows and Android is performed with an “instant switch” button (a hard button on the keyboard, or a soft button on the tablet), with the switch apparently taking place in around four seconds.

Beyond this feature, the Transformer Book Duet TD300 follows the expected spec for a mid-range ultrabook, with a 1920×1080 screen, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive in the screen section. As is traditional with Asus laptops, the installed storage can be expanded with a semi-permanent addition of a MicroSD card up to 64GB in size. The keyboard section also contains a 1TB mechanical hard drive and the usual ports (USB3, USB2, LAN, HDMI). the whole assembly weighs 1.9kg – a little on the toppy side for an ultrabook, but of course most ultrabooks do not have two storage drives and a detachable lid assembly.

Cost is likely to be a deciding factor in the desirability of the Duet – the Trio, although a fascinating device, came with the premium of having two separate processors – one was not so much buying a multiple-use device, but rather a laptop and a tablet that happened to share a screen. This time around the versatility is provided primarily by software.

Discontent among manufacturers with the continuing delay in bringing some key apps (such as Spotify) to the Windows 8 tablet experience fuelled talk of “PC Plus” last year – that is, a Windows PC also able to use full-screen Android apps through emulation. Asus have chosen a more sharply divided solution, but one that opens up some interesting possibilities for mobile computing.

Follow me on title="Twitter ID">Twitter , or follow my Forbes blog here .

Source: Forbes


iPad Air Giveaway. Win a free iPad Air.

You Might Also Like


Sponsored Update

Update: 10

Selangor’s Watergate about to explode

Source: Malaysia Today

Anwar brought Wan Azmi to meet Khalid to try to resolve this matter. Anwar supports the RM2.5 billion claim but Khalid is stubbornly sticking to the figure of RM250 million.... READ MO ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today 8 hours ago


Update: 9

GLCs told to provide RM7 billion to develop Bumiputera firms

Source: Malaysia Today

EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM - Day One
(The Malaysian Insider) – Putrajaya has directed government-linked companies (GLC) to generate RM7 billion in business opportunities for Bumiputera firms this year, Prime Minister Prime M ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today 6 days ago, 2:05am CDT

More From the Web

Update: 8

Rafizi shows proof of Putrajaya’s hand in contentious carpet-trader loan

Source: Malaysia Today

Eileen Ng, The Malaysian Insider PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli today revealed documents to prove Putrajaya interfered in the RM32 million Bank Rakyat loan to ‎controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan. Rafizi (pic)... R ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today 1 week ago, 2:16am CDT

Update: 7

PAS MP claims Bank Rakyat loaned carpet-trader RM215m, interest free

Source: Malaysia Today

(Malay Mail Online) – Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan (pic) was given a whopping RM215 million interest-free loan from state-owned Bank Rakyat, a PAS lawmaker alleged today, despite Putrajaya’s claims ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jul 14 2014, 5:52am CDT

Update: 6

MRCB, Nusa Gapurna and PKNS settle suit over RM3 billion PJ Sentral project

Source: Malaysia Today

(The Malaysian Insider) – Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), Nusa Gapurna Development Sdn Bhd (NGD) and PKNS Holdings Sdn Bhd have reached an out-of-court settlement over the ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 21 2014, 2:53am CDT

Update: 5

Story behind Syed Mokhtar’s ‘RM2.25 billion tax-exempt’ Bernas deal revealed, says PKR MP

Source: Malaysia Today

(The Malaysian Insider) – An innocuous written reply in Parliament has provided a peek into the cosy relationship between the Najib administration and Malaysia’s best-known businessman, Tan ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 15 2014, 12:56pm CDT

Update: 4

Constitutional monarchy still murky concept

Source: Malaysia Today

After the RM4.5 billion land sale, the Sultan of Johor secured a 15% stake in MOL Access Portal (MOL) for RM396 million and took a 20% stake ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 14 2014, 12:37am CDT

Update: 3

Sultan of Johor’s RM4.5 bil backlash?

Source: Malaysia Today

"GOLDEN ASIA" Tokyo Premiere Press Conference
Has Sultan Ibrahim of Johor’s succession of big money deals over the last six months caused the tide of public opinion to turn against Johor’s royal palace? KiniBiz examines the... ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 11 2014, 8:49am CDT

Update: 2

Putrajaya denies carpet dealer given interest-free loan

Source: Malaysia Today

Eileen Ng, The Malaysian Insider Putrajaya today refuted allegations that Bank Rakyat had allowed carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan to repay a RM32 million loan without interest following ...
Source: Malaysia Today   Full article at: Malaysia Today Jun 11 2014, 5:44am CDT

Update: 1

Malaysia Spends Over $9 million on MH370 Hunt: Report

Source: NDTV

"GOLDEN ASIA" Tokyo Premiere Press Conference
Malaysia has so far spent about RM27.6 million (over $9 million) on search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an official s ...
Source: NDTV   Full article at: NDTV Jun 9 2014, 3:12am CDT

Shopping Deals


<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.




blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

iPad Air 2 is Coming to Store Shelves Soon
iPad Air 2 is Coming to Store Shelves Soon
The iPad Air 2 is going to be coming to store shelves soon. It is a very cool and classic tablet that will make many a consumer feel technologically capable being its owner.
Apple to Release Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite in Beta Tomorrow
Apple to Release Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite in Beta Tomorrow
Apple is all set to release the first beta version of its new Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite for the general public tomorrow.
Irina Shayk has Sexy Marilyn Moment (Pics)
Irina Shayk has Sexy Marilyn Moment (Pics)
Model Irina Shayk almost showed too much at a photo call yesterday. See the hot photos below.
Zoe Saldana on being Happily Married Ever After
Zoe Saldana Shows Baby Bump at Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere
Zoe Saldana spoke recently on being happily married ever after and pictures of her dress at Guardians of the Galaxy premiere showed her baby bump.

About the Geek Mind

Read more about The Geek Mind.