IDF 2013: ASUS Announces Transformer T100 powered by Bay Trail

Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2013 - 08:36 PM |
Tagged: transformer t100, idf 2013, Bay Trail, atom z3740, asus

Last week at IFA 2013 I wrote about a new ASUS Transformer device called the Trio that combined a Haswell processor and Atom Z2760 Clover Trail CPU for a very interesting 3-scenario unit.  It is definitely an interesting product worth reading about, but ASUS took some time tonight to announce another new Transformer Book: the T100.

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The Transformer Book T100 is a 10.1-in ultraportable that can be used as either a standard notebook or as a stand alone tablet; exactly how previous Transformers have functioned.  The design is sleek and light weight: 2.4 pounds for both sections and only 1.2 pounds in tablet only form. 

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Powering the T100 is the brand new Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core SoC (max burst rate of 1.8 GHz) based on the Bay Trail platform and Silvermont architecture.  Earlier today we published our review of the Bay Trail processor and the performance improvements over Clover Trail are impressive and noticeable.  Energy efficiency is also improved and ASUS claims that the T100 will get more than 11 hours of battery life. 

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The screen is an IPS panel with a resolution of 1366x768.  It runs Windows 8.1 and includes USB 3.0 for accessories and external storage. 

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The ASUS Transformer T100 will sell for $349 with 32GB of storage and $399 with 64GB.  For the kind of performance levels and platform flexibility we see with Bay Trail, the sub-$350 price point is very impressive.  Will Android tablets start to take a hit with these low priced Windows options?

Being announced today along with the T100, the ASUS Transformer Book T300 is a larger version of the T100 but powered by Intel's 4th Generation Core processors, Haswell.  The ultra-low voltage processor is the Core i5-4200U or 4500U, both of which are new dual-core variants with 15 watt TDPs.  The 13.3-in screen has a 1920x1080 resolution while the hardware can include storage up to 256GB and DDR3 memory up to 8GB. 

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With a weight of 2.4 pounds when docked and 1.8 pounds in tablet form, the T300 is still able to muster a solid 8 hours of battery life. 

I am going to have some hands on time with these notebooks / tablets very soon so stay tuned for more info!!

You can read the full press release below!

ASUS Transforms Expectations for Mobile Computing with
New Transformer Books at IDF 2013

Transformer Book T100 and Transformer Book Trio combine the productivity features of a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet

San Francisco, US (September 11, 2013) — ASUS today showcased two new Transformer Book ultraportables at an ASUS product launch event during Intel® Developer Forum (IDF) 2013.  The event was hosted by ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih and featured special guest Tom Kilroy, Intel Vice President. Transformer Book T100, and Transformer Book Trio are the latest models in a wide range of mobile and desktop computers from ASUS that will transform your expectations about technology.

“The ASUS Transformer Book T100 is the perfect transformation of the Eee PC with full compatibility, detachable touch screen, immersive entertainment and enough battery for all-day computing,” said ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih. “It is truly a game-changer for our mobile lifestyle.”

The ASUS Transformer Book T100 and Transformer Book Trio both feature a two-part dockable design that combines the productivity features of a laptop with the portability of a tablet and the flexibility to switch between the two in an instant. Transformer Book Trio goes further still, with a keyboard dock that packs its own processor, so it can be used as a self-contained desktop PC when its display is detached for use as a tablet.


Transformer Book T100— high-mobility notebook and tablet combined

ASUS Transformer Book T100 is a 10.1-inch ultraportable with an Intel® Atom™ ‘Bay Trail’ quad-core processor and detachable HD display that can be used as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet. Featuring a sleek design and durable finish, Transformer Book T100 is not only one of the lightest ultraportables currently available at just 2.4lbs, but also one of the lightest 10-inch tablets around, at 1.2lbs.

Transformer Book T100 features the new Intel AtomTM Bay Trail-T Z3740 quad-core processor for smooth multi-tasking performance and incredible energy efficiency that can last up to 11 hours1 on battery power. The lightweight keyboard dock features precision-engineered keys designed for comfortable extended use, a multi-touch touchpad with full Windows 8.1 gesture support and USB 3.0. Transformer Book T100 features a brilliant HD 10.1-inch tablet IPS multi-touch display with wide 178-degree viewing angles for razor-sharp images. Transformer Book T100 features Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, the perfect productivity solution for both school and work.

The new ASUS Transformer Book T300 is a larger version of the T100, with a detachable 13.3-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display that acts as a standalone Windows 8 tablet. Powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor for seamless multi-tasking performance, Transformer Book T300 has up to eight hours battery life and features a sleek metallic design with a durable soft-touch finish.


Transformer Book Trio — laptop, tablet and desktop PC in one sleek design

ASUS Transformer Book Trio features a sleek and durable metallic design powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor for seamless multi-tasking performance and outstanding energy efficiency in Windows 8 laptop mode.  When it’s time for entertainment to take over from productivity, the 11.6-inch Full HD IPS display detaches from the ‘PC Station’ keyboard dock for use as a multi-touch Android tablet with its own Intel Atom™ dual-core processor. 

With the display docked, Transformer Book Trio can switch instantly between Windows 8 and Android 4.2 by pressing the dedicated ‘Trio’ key on the keyboard, with data shared between the two operating systems via the tablet’s storage. Unlike other dockable ultraportables, Transformer Book Trio’s PC Station is not dead weight when the tablet display is detached. With an external display connected via Mini DisplayPort or Micro-HDMI, the PC Station can be used as a self-contained desktop PC featuring Windows 8, which means two people, in two different places, can use the Transformer Book Trio at the same time.



US Pricing for Transformer Book T100: MSRP $349 (32GB) / MSRP $399 (64GB)

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September 12, 2013 | 12:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ASUS Transformer Book T300 with Haswell and 13.3 inch 1080P touchscreen looks like my kind of tablet covertible. How much is its cost and availability?

September 12, 2013 | 09:53 AM - Posted by Atomized (not verified)

Is this a "Fool me Once, Fool me Twice, now Fool me Thrice" product? Sorry, but my wife got an Atom product and after a few agonizing sessions it collected dust and finally a trash bin when she got an iPad. I don't think this is going to shake a market that has already been surpassed.

September 12, 2013 | 11:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But but.... This is the NEW Intel Atom (your experience is subject to change) so it will be better! Yeah, I read the reviews...I know the new silver mount chips are pretty sweet.... But I'm still rooting for qualcom in the ultra mobile space. Or, if amd would ever show up..

September 12, 2013 | 02:24 PM - Posted by Andrew (not verified)

I'm eagerly waiting for the T100 review! Looks like there may finally be a worthy successor to my aging 1000HE netbook.

September 19, 2013 | 02:42 PM - Posted by zeo (not verified)

Still using a 901 myself but yeah, the pricing and performance of these new Bay Trail devices are finally at the no-brainer upgrade choice stage.

Asus even refers to the Eee PC in their promotion of the T100... So it looks to be the heir apparent... Hopefully, they'll come out with more than just that one model though...

September 12, 2013 | 09:23 PM - Posted by timmyisme22

Is the T100 running the Z3740D or the higher class Z3740? The specs put it at the "D" according to a few spec websites (I'll find them when I'm not on my phone).

would be nice to know as the non-"D" is supposed to hit 2.4Ghz and 4GB DDR3 (according to these sites).

Will edit to add in sites in an hour or so.

September 13, 2013 | 03:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Pretty sure it's 1.8 Ghz standard part.

September 15, 2013 | 02:37 AM - Posted by timmyisme22

Seems it was an old article. The higher clock was what it seems turned out to be the z3770.

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