Here at CES, ASUS has just taken the wraps off its new Transformer Book Duet TD300, a quad-mode laptop that is said to be the first ever offering a full Android and Windows dual-operating system experience. The software is run on a machine containing Intel’s Core i7 processor and a host of other hardware that makes this an all-around solid entrant into the world of Android-loaded laptop/tablet hybrid systems.
The Transformer Book, like its other brethren, functions as both a laptop and a tablet, only this one brings both Windows and Android in full dress on a single system. There’s an Instant Switch button to toggle between them, as well as a virtual key with the same functionality when in tablet mode. The Duet has a 13.3-inch Full HD IPS display with multi-touch support and responsiveness that clocks in at a higher rate than Microsoft’s minimum requirements for Windows 8.1.
Branching out from there, the Transformer Book Duet is also loaded with Android 4.2.2, and has 4GB of DDR3L RAM. There’s up to a 128GB SSD available in the tablet, and up to 1TB of HDD goodness in the dock portion, making for some pretty sophisticated storage capacity. The battery is a 38Whr offering, which should give users about 5 hour when using Windows 8.1 or a bit more at 6 hours if using Android instead.
Connectivity is typical at Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, as well as 802.11ac WiFi. There’s a microSD expansion slot, as well as the power port and a headphone audio jack. On the keyboard dock, users get two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, Ethernet, and HDMI for video-out. The headphone port doubles as a combo jack for use with a microphone, as well.