Asus Transformer Book Duet

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Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300
Developer Asus
Type Convertible tablet
Release date Cancelled[citation needed]
Operating system Android 4.2.2
Windows 8.1
Power 5 hours in Windows 8.1; 38 Wh Li-polymer battery, 6 hours in Android
CPU Intel Core i7
Memory 4 GB
Storage Flash memory
128 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
Display 1920×1080 px (aspect ratio 16:9), 13.3 in (34 cm) diagonal
Graphics To be announced
Sound speaker, microphone, headset jack
Input
Camera To be announced
Connectivity
Dimensions 216.3 mm (8.52 in) H
342.7 mm (13.49 in) W
12.9 mm (0.51 in) D
Weight 1,900 g (4.2 lb)
Related articles Asus Transformer Pad Infinity

The Transformer Book Duet TD300, was a 13.3 inch tablet computer that was developed by Asus.[1][2][3] The device used two operating systems interchangeably: Windows 8.1 by Microsoft, and Android 4.1 by Google.[2][3][4] The device featured a tablet screen and a detachable keyboard.[3][1][4] The device was reported to be cancelled due to opposition from both Google and Microsoft in mid-March, 2014. [5]

Design[edit]

The tablet portion of the Transformer Book Duet is 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) thick[6] with a 13.3 inch touch screen available in 1366×768 or 1920×1080 resolution.[1][7][8] The back of the screen is a rubberized black plastic, with the volume and power buttons embedded at the top right of the lid.[8] It has a detachable black chiclet keyboard with a key to switch between Windows and Android.[8]

The interchangeability of Android and Windows, coupled with the ability to switch between tablet and ultrabook form-factors have led some news sources to call the Transformer Book Duet a "four-in-one device".[9][10] Switching between the two operating systems takes about four seconds, according to Asus Chairman Jonney Shih.[4] The computer has an Intel Core i7 processor, and 4GB of RAM.[2][7] The tablet itself has a 128GB solid state drive, and the keyboard adds 1TB of hard drive storage.[2][11] The computer also features various ports including HDMI, LAN, one USB 3.0, and two USB 2.0.[11]

Daniel Griffiths of Forbes noted that this is not the first time Asus has experimented with "hybrid" devices. Asus has also developed the Eee PC, a laptop with a 7 inch display; and more recently, the PadFone, a smartphone marketed with companion tablet dock and keyboard dock accessories intended to improve functionality and battery life.[12]

Reception[edit]

Since its announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show on January 6, 2014,[1] the Transformer Book Duet has received a high degree of media attention from technology magazines and other mainstream news sources.

Vlad Savov of The Verge said that the Transformer Book Duet would work better as either a 10 or 11 inch device, rather than a 13 inch device, because Android "already struggles to fully capitalize on the real estate on screens of that size."[13] Joel Santo Domingo of PC Magazine said that the Transformer Book Duet is helpful for any consumer or business-person who needs to use both operating systems.[3]

Industry objection[edit]

In March 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that because Microsoft and Google had both implemented policies which effectively ban the certification of devices which dual-boot both Android and Windows, the Transformer Book Duet would be cancelled, and Asus would pull its similar all-in-one desktops from the market. Both companies had reportedly objected to the concept of dual-OS devices of this nature as early as January 2014. Prior to CES, an analyst believed that Microsoft was discouraging manufacturers from releasing such devices because they would dilute Windows 8 and Windows Phone's software ecosystem (which Microsoft was reportedly planning to unify). He also argued that Microsoft could penalize OEMs by forfeiting discounts on Windows licenses and refusing to provide them with financing for marketing. Additionally, even though Android is an open source operating system that is freely available, Google's application suite is proprietary, and can only be licensed for devices which are approved by the company. This would prevent such devices from including access to Google Play, Android's primary application store.[14][15][16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Swamy, Rohan (7 January 2014). "CES 2014: Asus Transformer Book Duet launched with dual-boot Android, Windows". New Delhi Television Limited. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ingraham Nathan (6 January 2014). "The Asus Transformer Book Duet hybrid can instantly switch between Windows and Android". The Verge. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Asus Transformer Book Duet Dual Boots With Windows 8.1, Android". PCmag. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Limer Eric (6 January 2014). "Asus Transformer Book Duet: One Laptop, Two Tablets, All The Crazy". Gizmodo. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Osborne Joe (6 January 2014). "Asus Transformer Book Duet is a hybrid laptop in more ways than one". techradar pro. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Mack, Eric (11 January 2014). "ASUS' Transformer Book Duet: Home to both Android and Windows 8.1". Gizmag. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Cunningham, Andrew. "Hands-on: Asus’ Transformer Book Duet and the clunky “Dual OS” feature". ars technica. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Summerson, Cameron (7 January 2014). "Hands On With The ASUS Transformer Book Duet". Android Police. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  10. ^ Triggs, Robert (10 January 2014). "ASUS Transformer Book Duet 4-in-1 hands on preview: video". Android Authority. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Asus Transformer Book Duet TD300 tablet/laptop hybrid runs Windows 8.1 and Android". CNET. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Griffiths Daniel (7 January 2014). "Asus Announces Transformer Book Duet - Windows And Android, Together At Last. Wait, What?". Forbes. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Savov Vlad (7 January 2014). "The Transformer Book Duet combines Windows with Android, tablet with laptop". The Verge. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Microsoft and Google ruin Intel's plan for dual-OS tablets". The Verge. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Google and Microsoft are out to stop dual-boot Windows/Android devices". Ars Technica. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Intel plans a CES coup: Android and Windows in the same computer". The Verge. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2013-12-08.