New at CES: Transformer Book Duet TD300

The TD300 is being advertised as the world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop that combines an Android tablet and Windows 8.1 laptop into the transformer form factor with up to a Core i7 processor under the hood.  The quad-mode implies two ways to use Android (tablet or notebook) and two ways to use Windows (tablet or notebook) – switching between them is designed to be as simple as pressing the Instant Switch button.

The tablet/screen of the device will be a 13.3” 1080p IPS touchscreen with multi-touch display features and responsiveness, with audio supplied by ASUS SonicMaster technology.  The front-facing HD camera is paired with a microphone, along with 128GB of storage that can be boosted with a microSD card while the keyboard dock can house a 1TB hard disk drive (unsure whether this is 2.5”, mSATA, PCIe or proprietary yet).  The dock also has increased functionality (USB 2.0, USB 3.0, gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 1.4) and the tablet segment comes fitted with 802.11ac dual band WiFi and 4GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM.

In terms of dimensions, the tablet measures 342.7 x 216.3 x 12.9mm and the dock is 340.9 x 217.6 x 16mm, suggesting a potential overall of 342.7 x 217.6 x 28.9mm (over an inch thick at the widest point) with a total weight of 1.9 kg.

The TD300 will be available in the EU/APAC in late Q1, with North America in Late Q2.  Pricing will start at $599 for the i3/HD Display combination, whereas the i3/1080p will start at $699.  No word on the i7 editions as of yet.

New at CES: VivoTab Note 8

As the name suggests, the VivoTab Note 8 is an 8” tablet running Windows 8.1 with a professional Wacom digitizer stylus in tow, with the aim of making this device suitable for productivity or creativity.  The VivoTab Note 8 will come bundled with Microsoft Office Home and Student for this purpose, and ASUS like to point out the thin bezels and high definition display, to go along with the ability to use it one handed, as serious plus points.

Specification wise we are looking at an Intel Atom Z3740 (quad core 1.33 GHz, turbo up to 1.86 GHz) with 2GB LPDDR3 and up to 64GB of internal storage, with space for a microSD card and 1 year of unlimited ASUS WebStorage.  The screen puts the VivoTab Note 8 in the mid-range specification pile, being only 1280x800 on an eight inch device, along with only 802.11 a/b/g/n support (not 802.11ac).  It will feature a 15.5 Whr battery however, and weigh in at 380g.

Prices will start at $299 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model (making 32GB of storage only $50 – other companies could learn from this).  Projected release dates is late Q1, early Q2.

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  • Subyman - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Yeah, that is a huge omission. $800 TN, hell no. I had a 28" TN panel before. Once the panel gets so large on a TN display, the terrible view angle disrupts the picture even when sitting directly in front of it. No thanks. I could definitely do a PLS though. I'll cross my fingers.
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    It really depends on the quality of the panel, I have a 27" VG278H TN and it really isn't any worst in terms of color shifting than a 24" P-MVA Gateway and Dell U2410 I have in the same room. All 3 are MUCH better than the a 23" Dell Alienware AW2310 I have. Definitely something you need to see in person before buying though to make sure it's something you can live with.
  • Razorbak86 - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Looks like it is a TN panel...
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    It still means something, maybe not to the die hard IPS fans, but there's certainly plenty in the market for high-res, high refresh, G-Sync capable monitors that would prefer the crisp frame transitions and lack of motion blur on this TN compared to a 60Hz IPS panel.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Agreed: "1 ms response time" is very very likely TN and hence worthless for me. Well, Asus thinks it needs this "super gamer" tag, so anything else than TN is out.

    Actually with GSync you shouldn't need 120 Hz at all. And it could not only be used for games: I would love to use GSync with an IPS panel to get rid of stutter due to frame rate mismatch in videos (files, streaming.. everything).
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - link

    Edit: some will say they want 120+ Hz for snappier input response. But this really a dumb brute force solution: just decouple inputs processing from display refresh in software and you're done!
  • evonitzer - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Ah, no mention of the Fonepad? I was hoping that product could get a few more iterations and thinner bezels. Maybe I'll have to pick up the current one to play with.
  • Hrel - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Too bad it doesn't have HMDI on the monitor, strange.
  • dylan522p - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    HDMI is useless. It couldn't drive this monitor at 120+ HZ. Using HDMI would make this monitor worse.
  • chizow - Monday, January 6, 2014 - link

    Not useless, it's good for using as an HDTV in an office or whatever from a cable box set top box or if you want to hook up your console to it. Adapters are hit or miss, in my experience.

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