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ASUS Transformer Book Duet Can Run Android And Windows OS

A little while ago I wrote an article on how to run Android smoothly on your desktop, but ASUS recently unveiled its king sized 12.3-inch tablet/pc that is capable of running both OSs out of the box.

Overview

The Transformer Duet allows users to use the computer as a laptop while its plugged into the keyboard and when they need more mobility, users will be able to detach the screen and pick up exactly where they left off. The tablet/laptop allows swathing between Android and Windows OS with a press of a button, but it’s still not clear if there is any sort of data syncing between the two setups.

Hardware

The Transformer Book Duet bundles a keyboard dock that houses its own 1TB hard drive, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and ethernet port. Users will be able to choose between a Core i3 ($599), Core i5 ($699) or Core i7 which we’re still waiting for pricing to be announced.

The setup also allows 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of SSD storage on the tablet, although that should be examinable via the microSD slot (up to 64GB)

Switching

Both Android ans Windows Operating Systems will run independently, instead of relying to virtualisation software to embed either one. This brings extra speed and a native feel to the user experience. ASUS uses their own patented Instant Switch Technology which is said to allow users to pick up where they left off in either environment.

Final Thoughts

The Transformer Duet is definitely filling a gap in the market, but we still don’t know how big that gap might be. If this product proves to be a success, 2014 might just be the year for hybrid devices. Although this is not the first product of its kind, it is the first one to have such excellent execution.

Samsung announced ATIV Q, but never ended up releasing the hybrid device. Comparing the two devices, Samsung’s product would be inferior to ASSUS’ Transformer Duet.

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