Hybrid Windows devices are the new black
Hybrid PC sales are taking off, so it’s no surprise that ASUS has just unveiled a trio of them in COMPUTEX today. The new Transformer 3 family packs kickstands, detachable keyboards and more importantly, Windows 10 – making them the perfect companion for people who don’t like lugging around big notebooks. Oh, they also look like Microsoft’s Surface.
That’s not to say that they’re not good – the Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 have big, 12.6-inch displays with 2880 x 1920 resolution as well as USB Type-C connectivity, as well Thunderbolt connections, premium Harmon Kardon speakers, USB 3.0 and HDMI. Both devices can function as normal PCs, but if you’re willing to drop a bit of coin, they can also transform into gaming hubs via ASUS’ ROG XG Station, a gaming dock that allows you to use whatever video card you want with the devices – yes even that monstrous GTX 1080.
The Transformer 3 Pro will come with an Intel Core i7 processor, while the Transformer 3 is slated to use Intel’s 7th generation Core processor. Additionally, the Transformer 3 Pro comes with up to a 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB of 2133MHz RAM, while the Transformer 3 will come packing 512GB SSD and up to 8GB RAM.
The Transformer Mini is obviously the runt of the litter, offering a 10.1-inch display, 8.2mm overall thickness and an integrated kickstand. The Transformer Mini will come with quad-core Intel Atom X5 processor, and ASUS promises battery life of up to 11 hours for the Transformer Mini.
The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro will start at $999 (Php 46.7) while the Transformer 3 will start at $799 (Php 37.3). The Transformer Mini will start at around $349 (Php 16.3).
Check out our quick hands-on with these devices at the ASUS booth at COMPUTEX 2016: