Asus presents ‘world’s thinnest Windows tablet’ in Dubai
Transformer Book T300 ‘Chi’ employs nifty magnet-based form-factor transition
Taiwanese hardware vendor Asus unveiled its latest notebooks at Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, today, including a two-in-one Transformer Book said to be the world's thinnest Windows-based tablet.
The Asus Transformer Book T300 "Chi" was the star of the show. A 12.5-inch Full HD IPS display detaches from the main body in a rather novel fashion. Instead of mechanical clips to hold the screen in place, Asus has deployed a crafty system of three magnets. Trying to pull the screen from its housing by applying force perpendicular to its nesting place is extremely difficult, but if a user pulls from the corner of the screen with a gentle rotation the tablet pulls out with ease.
Apart from the form-factor transition, the device carries a strong spec, which, while not top of the line, certainly makes the Chi a strong candidate when selecting a solid, affordable productivity unit.
The unit carries one of Intel's voltage-lite Core M processors, a modest 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid-state drive. Battery life, Asus told us, is "up to 8 hours".
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At 1,430g, the laptop mode is not quite as trim as Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air, and the 720g weigh-in for the tablet is much more than the iPad Air 2 (437g). But when taking screen size into account the Chi is a relatively frugal 85g per sq mm compared with the iPad's 93g per sq mm.
Asus is particularly proud to call the Chi "the world's thinnest Windows tablet", but at 7.6mm it's a bit of a porker next to the iPad Air's 6.1mm. The laptop mode is 16.5mm at its thickest point.
Asus has added Corning Concore Glass for robustness and packed more goodies inside, such as adaptive video tech, which creates three images on the fly and decides in real time which one best suits the ambient lighting conditions.
The Chi is available next month across the Middle East for AED2,699, which is the same price the iPad Air currently sells for in the UAE online Apple Store.
Asus also wheeled out its latest ZenBook, the UX305, which will sell for AED3,999. Both machines run Windows 8.1 variants, but are Windows 10-ready, according to Asus, and users will be eligible for Microsoft's much-vaunted free upgrade when the OS goes live later this year.