The Asus Transformer Book T100, one of the very first tablets to come preloaded with Windows 8.1, is hitting stores this coming October. This tablet hybrid is also one of the first to employ Intel’s new, mobile-friendly Bay Trail processors.

A quick glance at its specs (listed below) will show that the Asus Transformer Book T100 comes with decent hardware. This is further reinforced by the attractive prices at $349 (32GB) and $399 (64GB). Those who are closely following Asus should find this tablet’s design to be quite familiar and inclined towards comfort and class.

Asus Transformer Book T100 Specs

  • Windows 8.1
  • 10.1-inch IPS LCD touchscreen (1366×768), ~155ppi
  • Intel Atom Bay Trail TZ3740 quad-core processor
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • 2GB
  • 32GB/64GB internal storage
  • microSD support
  • 1.2-megapixel front camera
  • USB 3.0, micro-HDMI
  • Docking keyboard
  • Dimensions (tablet): 263 x 171 x 10.5mm
  • Weight (tablet): 550g

On the other hand, the screen somewhat disappoints for having only a mere 1,366-by-768-pixel resolution, with an unspecified Intel HD Graphic running under the hood. Nevertheless, the visuals should look clear and fine enough for the average user. As for battery life, Asus claims that the new Bay Trail chip delivers incredible energy efficiency, allowing use time for up to 11 hours. Available ports in the tablet include a micro-USB, though a full-fledged USB 3.0 is also found in the keyboard dock.

Asus Transformer Book T100 (2)

If you’ve been missing out on the latest Windows news, the 8.1 update comes with major improvements intended to deliver a more seamless experience between the OS’s modern and traditional desktop aspects. It polishes several things in the modern interface, while at the same time introduces features—such as boot-to-desktop and the return of the start button—meant to appease desktop diehards.

Asus is planning to launch the Transformer Book T100 on October 18 in the US. Product availability for other countries is yet to be announced.

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