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The ASUS Transformer 3 Family Is Like The Surface, But Better


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:

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. The ASUS Transformer 3 Pro will start at $999 (Php 46.7K) while the Transformer 3 will start at $799 (Php 37.3K). The Transformer Mini will start at around $349 (Php 16.3K).

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