Asus launches the series of ultra-thin hybrid tablet with Windows 8.1 Transformer Chi
For several years, Asus offers an interesting range of convertible devices with Windows 8. Sales of these devices was good enough, and that prompted the company to introduce a new line of Transformer Chi at CES 2015.
The family consists of three models with IPS screens from 8.9” to 12.5”. The device is made in solid aluminum housings and have a strong magnetic connection between the keyboard and the tablet.
Asus Transformer Chi T300
Being a 12.5-inch device, this hybrid aims to compete in the segment of tablets, and in the segment of ultrabooks.
Its screen has a resolution of WQHD 2560 x 1440 pixels (like the Surface Pro 3), with the result that the pixel density is 235 pixels per inch. Inside installed processor Intel Core M, which allows the device to have a large margin of power compared to tablets based on Intel Atom, but without sacrificing battery life.
With a thickness of just 7.6 mm increasing to 16.5 mm when the keyboard is connected, the manufacturer positions as the T300 Chi a thin 12-inch tablet with Windows. The device is equipped with 4 or 8 GB RAM and SSD 128 GB and its battery life is 8 hours.
It can be yours for $ 799, or $ 699 if you opt for a display with lower resolution (Full HD instead of UHD).
Asus Transformer Chi T100
For those looking for a less powerful and more portable transformer T100 may be a better option. This 10.1-inch device with thickness in tablet mode is just 7.2 mm.
T100 offers a Quad-core Intel Atom processor and a screen resolution of Full HD, and the battery life on a single charge is 8 hours. As for other features, here we find 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, expandable through microSD. Its price is $ 399, and unlike his older brother, at the cost of T100 also included one-year subscription to Office 365 and 1 terabyte of OneDrive.
Asus Transformer T90 Chi
Asus Transformer Book T90 Chi is the most compact in the series, which has a thickness of only 7.5 mm (tablet mode), making it the thinnest tablet in the world this size.
T90 is equipped with a 8.9-inch display with a resolution of 1200 x 800 pixels, Quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. Its price is $ 299 (this includes a subscription to Office 365 Personal for 1 year) and like all other models, it will go on sale in February.
The obvious disadvantage of all three devices is the lack of ports like USB 3.0 or Ethernet, which are available in some other hybrids of similar size, which were presented at CES 2015.
This is partly because the keyboard for the Transformer Chi works only as such, and provides no additional interfaces, no additional battery. Ie users will be available only to those ports that comes with the tablet – one microUSB, one microHDMI and a slot for microSD.