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Asus Transformer Book now available for pre-order

The hybrid device offers a 13-inch Full HD screen, up to a Core i7 CPU, USB 3.0 connectivity and HDD/SSD storage

The Asus Transformer Book TX300CA is a tablet-slash-laptop with detachable keyboard that was first introduced as part of the 2012 Computex show in Taiwan and subsequently made an appearance at the IFA 2012 and more recently at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. According to a report from Liliputing, the hybrid device is now up for pre-order (via Mac Mall) and has a starting price of $1,480.

Just to jog your memory, the Transformer Book packs a Core i5 or Core i7 chip and can be configured with up to a Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3517U ultra-low voltage processor running at a base frequency of 1.9GHz (up to 3.0GHz via Turbo Boost 2.0). In addition, the new portable system sports a 13.3-inch IPS capacitive multi-touch Zero Bright Dot display of Full HD native resolution and the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphic controller.  

Based on a Windows 8 operating system, the latest variation of the Transformer family apparently houses 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 128GB SSD (with an InstantOn feature for fast boot and resume times) and a mechanical hard drive (inside the keyboard dock) that has a storage capacity of 500GB.

Other specs include Wireless LAN 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, a microHDMI interface, inbuilt microSD/SDXC card reader slot, two USB 3.0 ports and a web camera for video calls.

The Asus Transformer Book is reportedly an inch thick and weighs 4.2lbs with its 2-cell battery.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2013-02-20 (Update: 2013-02-20)