Laptops that can dual boot between different operating system versions have been around for quite some time now. Consumers who are geeky enough can install Windows 7 and Windows 8, or even Windows 7 and Ubuntu on their laptops. What’s new however is a laptop that can dual boot between Android and Windows and can even function as a laptop.
Asus has just announced at CES 2014 the ASUS Transformer Book Duet which is the world’s first quad mode, dual operating laptop and tablet hybrid. This device lets users easily switch between the Android and Windows 8.1 system providing the best of both worlds. It can also function as a laptop or a tablet
Transformer Book Duet TD300 Technical Specifications
- Dual-OS – Windows 8.1 Standard / Android 4.1
- 13.3-inch Full HD IPS multi-touch display
- Up to Intel Core i7 processor
- 4GB DDR3L 1600 RAM
- Up to 128GB SSD in Tablet
- Up to 1TB HDD in Dock
- 38WHr battery, estimated battery life around 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android 4.2.2.
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
- Tablet ports: Micro SD card, Headphone jack, DC jack
- Keyboard dock ports: 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, 10/100Mbit/s LAN, HDMI 1.4, audio combo jack, DC jack
In terms of power the Transformer Book duet is a very capable device due to its use of an Intel processor that can either be a Core i3, Core i5, or a Core i7 depending on the version chosen. It comes with 4 GB of RAM to allow a smooth multitasking experience. The Core i3 version has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768. The Core i7 version which will be released later this year also has a 13.3-inch display but will have a FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) resolution.
In tablet mode the device has up to 128 GB of SSD storage which can further be increased with the addition of a 64 GB microSD. When the keyboard dock is used consumers will have access to up to 1 TB of storage space as this dock houses the hard drive. The dock also has several ports including USB 3.0, USB 2.0, LAN, and HDMI 1.4 output with 1080p support.
The Asus Transformer Book Duet is a very impressive device that is trying to do all things at once by covering all the bases. The only downside so far is that it uses an older version of Android (4.1) and its resolution of 1,920×1,080 pixels can’t compete with the higher resolution displays of tablets that are to debut at CES 2014.