Convertible devices have been gaining much attention in the tech world. As the smartphones are getting bigger and better, and the tablets, because of its size and limits of functionality, are not much becoming a replacement for conventional laptops, convertible devices are finding a niche space, where they can replace the tablets. Asus, the Taiwanese computer manufacturer, has come up with two new convertible devices that fit right into this space.
Asus Transformer Book T100HA, which runs on the latest windows 10 OS out of the box, and Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, a 360 degree flip laptop are the two new devices launched by the company. The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is essentially a tablet which comes with a detachable keyboard. The convertible device comes with rather moderate hardware modules. It has a 10.1 inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution at 129 ppi. The convertible tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8500 processor clocked at 2.24GHz. The device comes in two different RAM options, 2GB and 4GB. The option for inbuilt storage also varies from 32GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The users also have the option to choose the operating system, Windows 10 home, or Windows 10 pro, as per their wish.
The Book T100HA has on the connectivity front, a USB type C port, a USB 2.0 port, a micro USB 2.0 port, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a micro HDMI port. The device is powered by a 30Whr battery. The company claims a battery life of up to 12 hours under normal usage on a single charge, which seems to be quite good. The keyboard which comes along with it connects with the tablet using neodymium magnets, and can be used when you want it to be used as a laptop. On the camera front, the tab comes with a 5 megapixel real camera, and 2 megapixel front facing camera. The device will be available in white, aqua blue, tin grey and rouge pink colour variants.
The other device, Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA is a mini laptop with a 11.6 inch display screen which can flip over 360 degrees around its hinge. The display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The laptop is powered by Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core processor, or Celeron N3050 dual-core chipset, whichever the user prefers to have. The device supports up to 4GB RAM, and users also have the option to choose between 32 GB eMMC, 64 GB eMMC, or 128 GB SSD drive for internal storage.
The device comes with one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, a USB type C port, and a micro HDMI port. The company provides user with the option of which version of Windows 10 on which they want the PC to be run. The device is powered by a 38 Whr battery, which as per what the company claims should last up to 8 hours on a single charge. The device also has a web camera for video chats.
Although there is no conformation about when these devices would be available in India, these devices are priced quite affordably, as the prices for Asus Transformer Book T100HA starts at $299 (roughly Rs. 19,700), and Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200SA starts at $349 (roughly Rs. 23,000). Hopefully we would see more buzz in this segment soon.