Asus Announces Braswell-Based Transformer Book, Sets Price On T100HA

Asus announced that a new convertible system has joined the Transformer Book family. In addition, the company also announced the pricing information on another anticipated Transformer Book, the T100HA.

The new addition to the Transformer Book line is the Flip TP200SA. The system uses the common 360-degree rotating hinge technique to turn it into a de facto tablet. According to Asus's website (opens in new tab), this system will be available with two CPU options and three storage configurations. The TP200SA will use either an Intel Celeron N3050 or Intel Pentium N3700, both of which are members of the Braswell processor family and built with Intel's 14nm lithography. Both chips lack hyperthreading, though. The Celeron has a base speed of 1.6 GHz but can boost the clock speed as high as 2.16 GHz. The Pentium is similar, but with four cores instead of two, and a max clock speed of 2.4 GHz.

Asus offers the system in three different storage configurations: 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB. The 32 GB and 64 GB setups use eMMC NAND as a cost-cutting measure, while the 128 GB option uses true SSD NAND.

Outside of these options, Asus opted to keep all other system specs the same across all models. The system contains 4 GB of RAM, as well as 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, Intel HD Graphics, a 38 Wh battery, and a 1366x768 IPS display.

Transformer Book T100HA

Asus's other new Transformer Book, the 2-in-1 T100HA, uses the detachable keyboard method for transforming between laptop and tablet. The specs on this system are similar to the Flip TP200SA, but overall it features slightly lower specs.

The T100HA (opens in new tab) utilizes Intel's Cherry Trail quad-core Z8500 CPU, and although it uses the same Airmont cores as Braswell, it features a lower clock speed of just 1.44 GHz (2.24 GHz boost clock). This processor also carries with it a lower TDP, which will likely reduce its ability to keep the clock speed elevated above the base clock.

The T100HA will come with the same storage configurations as the Flip TP200SA, but only uses the lower quality eMMC NAND. Some of these systems will use 2 GB of RAM, while others will feature 4 GB. The screen resolution is also slightly lower, at 1280 x 800.

Both of these systems will sport a USB Type-C connector, although it is limited to the Gen 1 5 Gbps transfer speed. Both systems will also come loaded with Windows 10.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Transformer Book T100HATransformer Book Flip TP200SA
ProcessorIntel Cherry Trail Z8500Intel Celeron Braswell N3050Intel Pentium Braswell N3700
Operating SystemWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 ProWindows 10 HomeWindows 10 Pro
Display10.1-inch 1280x800 IPS11.6-inch 1366x768 IPS
RAM2 GB4 GB4 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Storage32 GB eMMC64 GB eMMC128 GB eMMC32 GB eMMC64 GB eMMC128 GB SSD
Networking802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-FiBluetooth 4.0802.11ac Wi-FiBluetooth 4.1
I/OTablet:1x Micro USB1x Micro HDMI1x Micro SD1x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack1x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1Keyboard Dock:1x USB 2.01x Micro HDMI1x Micro SD1x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack1x USB 2.01x USB 3.01x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 1
WeightPad: 1.28 IbsKeyboard Dock: 1.04 IbsTogether: 2.32 Ibs2.65 Ibs

Asus expects these new Transformer Books to arrive on the market later this month, at a cost between $299 and $349.

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  • Fennrey
    Do we really need more Celeron and Pentium PC's?
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  • TechyInAZ
    Do we really need more Celeron and Pentium PC's?

    Yes. :P
    Reply
  • obababoy
    Talking about the T100HA: What I don't get is ASUS's seemingly backwards step in tablets. I have the TF701 which has a 2560x1600 res and although they totally botched that tablet because of the HORRIBLE writespeeds and processor, It looks fantastic. A 10inch tablet needs to be roughly 1080p, period. Throw in a decent apu to drive that screen, have the rough 40MB/s read/writes, wireless and bluetooth, and call it a day. I am just surprised ASUS doesn't offer a premium tablet anymore. I would MUCH rather take one of Samsungs or Sony's right now.
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