Just as Intel officially announced their line-up of the new Bay Trail processors (which includes the Intel Atom Z3000 series) at the recent Intel Developer Forum 2013, ASUS were also at their side showing off one of the first product to feature one of the newly launched processors. That product is the ASUS Transformer Book T100 which is available Malaysia from today – 18 October – onwards.
With that, the T100 which features a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor has become the first Intel Bay Trail-based product in our market. Spotting a 10.1-inch 1366×768 IPS multi-touch display together with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of eMMC-based internal storage, the Asus Transformer Book T100 is also possibly the first new product in Malaysia that comes standard with Windows 8.1.
Furthermore, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 also comes pre-installed with the full version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. That means, users are able to utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on the 10.1-inch device right out of the box without any extra costs.
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While the 32GB internal storage does sounds very limiting, users are still able to expand it via T100’s microSD slot which supports microSD card of up to 64GB of storage. At the same time, the T100’s keyboard dock features a full-size USB 3.0 port and a multi-touch touchpad that supports gestures. However, the rest of the I/O ports such 3.5mm combo audio jack, micro USB and micro HDMI together with stereo speakers are all located on the T100’s tablet.
Other than that, the tablet part of T100 is also equipped with a single front-facing 1.2-megapixels camera which is rather odd as tablets usually come together with a rear camera. Last but not least, there is also a 2-cells 31Whrs battery within the tablet that ASUS claimed able to provide up to 11 hours of battery life.
In general, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 is pretty light at 1.07kg with the tablet alone weights around 500g. Personally, I’m not a fan of the tablet’s plastic chassis which is rather too glossy for its own good although T100’s keyboard that is draped in matte finish does feel much more refined and sturdy. While we don’t get to be properly introduced to the performance that the T100 might have packed via its Intel Atom Z3740, I would say that the device is not too shabby in general as far as first impression concerns.
As mentioned previously, the new ASUS Transformer Book T100 is available in Malaysia starting from today onwards and it is priced at RM 1299. To learn more, connect with ASUS Malaysia through www.facebook.com/asusmalaysia.