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CES 2014 | Asus reveals the Transformer Book Duet

The TD 300 is a detachable hybrid can switch between Windows 8.1 and Android with the touch of a button

Samsung caught everyone's attention last year when they announced the ATIV Q that ran both Windows and Android side by side. The newest detachable from Asus – the Transformer Book Duet TD 300 – does much the same for a cheaper price.

The TD 300 features a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display (upgradable to a 1920 x 1080), an Intel Core i3 to i7 processor, 4 GB of RAM, Android 4.2, Windows 8.1, and from 64 to 128 GB of storage. The keyboard dock adds two USB ports, a full-sized HDMI port, an Ethernet port, and a 320 GB to 1 TB hard drive. The tablet offers up to 7 hours of battery life if used alone, or 5 hours if docked since it has to power the hard drive.

Switching between the two operating systems only requires the touch of a button and a four second delay. Having access to Google's app ecosystem and easy to use operating system, while still being able to use Windows and its more powerful productivity options could well be the best of both worlds. With Intel's own announcement of a dual OS platform, the Duet is likely just the first in a long list of Windows/Android devices.

The Transformer Book Duet is set to launch in Asia and Europe in late Q1 of this year, and in the United States late in Q2. Prices start from US$599.


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Craig Munro, 2014-01- 8 (Update: 2014-01- 8)