Jan 06 AT 4:18 PM Dustin Earley 10 Comments

ASUS announces Transformer Book Duet hybrid running Android and Windows


Android or Windows? Why not both! That’s the thinking behind latest hybrid tablet-laptop from ASUS that dual-boots both Android 4.1 and Windows 8.1.

Revealed at CES, the Transformer Book Duet sports a 13.3-inch 1080p multi-touch display, 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor. In the tablet portion of the device, you’ll find a 128GB SSD, with another terabyte of traditional storage in the laptop dock itself. According to ASUS, switching between Windows and Android is a breeze and should only take around four seconds. The Transformer Book Duet is a little heavier and a little thicker than most Android tablets and Windows Ultrabooks, but at 4.1 pounds combined it still makes for a powerful, portable device.

While there’s no availability information for the Transformer Book Duet yet, ASUS has revealed a price. And it’s probably the most exciting thing about it. ASUS puts the Transformer Book Duet at just $599. Considering it’s not uncommon to see Ultrabooks priced at twice that for similar specs, on paper, the Transformer Book Duet looks like a great deal. As for how it actually performs in real life, hopefully we’ll get back to you with more on that as CES continues. ASUS has a positive track record with Transformer devices, so we’re expecting good things.

Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Vance

    I’ve been waiting for this! Just tell me where to and the check.

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    I’ve been waiting for this! Just tell me where to send the check.

  • Raymond Johnson

    This looks impressive, asus bringing the goods once again at an affordable price! I really want this tablet! Wonder when it will be released and how much the I7 model will cost though.

  • Lana Meladze

    WOw, It’s just amazing! I was going to buy apple Macbook but now I have decided to buy this one. when and where can I buy this one? will it be available in online markets as well? e.g on Amazon or E-bay ? :))

  • Francis

    I didn’t think I’d want one, but the specs and price look good. Having a Haswell is good too. No compromises. Still going to wait for the reviews before I grab one, but this looks like a very good upgrade from my aging HP HDX and Gen1 transformer. =)

  • Paul

    Very interesting. This is actually a neat idea because in laptop mode I actually prefer Windows over Android. In tablet or phone mode Android hands down. But the problem is it’s Windows 8 ARM edition so it basically means limited App support, won’t be able to run traditional Windows programs on it.

  • xPurplexAnarchyx

    I’m seeing conflicting information about the duet, that it’s lowest base point is a 1366×768 i3 for $599 instead of the i7 1080p.

  • JQuest81

    I’m piqued… This could be an awesome device. Though the price kind of scares me in relation to performance especially on the Android tablet side of things… The Transformer Prime/Infinity were great devices, but man did those things lag and stutter. I hope this device doesn’t suffer from the same problem!

  • donger

    Very unique.

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    Can anyone use this site? I am from Georgia (country. and does this really work? :/