Asus Transformer Book hybrid packs Windows 8, Ivy Bridge and discrete Nvidia graphics


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Asus has revealed a number of new tablets and hybrid devices running Windows 8 at Computex 2012, chief among which is a range of notebooks with detachable touchscreen displays. The...

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I have an original Transformer that's only about a year old (as well as the keyboard), would I be able to reformat from the Android OS to Windows 8? I love the device, and Adroid...but I would prefer Windows 8 integration with the full keyboard/mouse pad.


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I really would consider getting one of these. Hopefully I'll like Windows 8. I don't really mind battery life, half the time I have my transformer plugged in anyway. Windows + transformer really could be cool.


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I still wonder why is no AMD chip option from Asus, because tablets are all about graphics and Trinity rocks!


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I think I may ask the job to get me one of these to play with... hmmm.


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<p>I still wonder why is no AMD chip option from Asus, because tablets are all about graphics and Trinity rocks!</p>

There's often quite a bit of backroom politics in some of those decisions... Partnerships, exclusives, etc. And often it comes down to who has deeper pockets and who can get actual engineering samples to an integrator for development of the product prior to launch of the processor/chipset/etc. Intel has always excelled at that part of the business.

Plus, with AMD publicly floundering a bit recently (Bulldozer and such), you can't blame ASUS for just choosing to bet on their pick for the winning horse in the x86 race. Whether they spread the betting to the other horse in the future is probably going to depend on how well AMD's products (like Trinity) do in the marketplace.


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Cool idea, and from Asus on top of that. Putting the graphics chip in the keyboard gives quite a bit of flexibility in what they will use, and besides, who really enjoys playing games with a touch screen. Almost like trying to open a pickle jar with a pair of heavy oven mitts on, its just not happening. The integrated GPU will be fine for just a tablet, connect the base and now you have a real laptop that could potentially play real games. Seriously going to consider this when it makes it way to market at the end of the year.


"comes in 11.6, 13 and 14-inch sizes. All three models will have an IPS display with a native 1920×1080 resolution"

Meanwile, Intel and OEMs like Asus are scratching their heads, wondering why their "cheap", underspec'd ultrabooks and portables hobbled with useless, crap looking 1366x768 TN panels aren't selling.