Asus Transformer Book T100 undercuts Surface Pro 2 with affable £349 price tag

Asus has confirmed the UK price point for its forthcoming Transformer Book T100 hybrid device, and it’s good news for folks looking to jump on board with Windows 8.1 without breaking the bank

The device, which was unveiled at the company’s Developers’ Forum in August will cost just £349 when it goes on sale at a time still to be determined.

The 10.1-inch, 2-in-1 device offers access to full fat Windows 8.1 in both laptop and tablet modes and features a neat, slim and light keyboard dock accessory. Sorry Windows RT but you’re not welcome here.

it’s not exactly a powerhouse, but it is powered by an Intel Bay Trail quad-core Atom processor and has 2GB RAM and up to 64 GB of built in storage. There’s a 1366 x 768 720p display and attests to packing 11-hours of battery life which should be enough to keep most folks going for the day.

The convertible Ultrabook T100 also has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing webcam, Micro USB, miniHDMI and USB 3.0, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

There device is already on sale in the US, where it costs $349 (about £217), so although it offers better value than most of the competition, us Brits aren’t getting that good of a deal. Still, when considering the Surface Pro 2 starts at £719, which is more than double the price of the T100, it ain’t too shabby at all.

We’re still waiting on an official UK release date from Asus, but it seems whenever it lands the Transformer Book T100 has a great shot at changing the Windows 8 landscape and ushering in a new era of affordable and super-portable hybrid devices.

Asus is already doing well in the Android tablet market thanks to the Nexus 7 tablets. Can it dominate Windows 8 next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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