Asus Transformer Book T100 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet revealed for $349

Asus may be out of the Windows RT business but the PC maker still has what looks like an impressive, and relatively cheap, Windows 8.1 tablet in the works. The company announced its plans to launch the 10.1 inch Transformer Book T100 this week at the Intel Developer Forum.

Microsoft's Windows blog states that the Asus Transformer Book T100 will have a starting price of just $349 for the 32GB version when it launches sometime later in 2013. It will also sell a 64GB version for $399. For that amount of money you will get a IPS display with a resolution of 1366x768, along with a "Bay Trail" Intel Atom TZ3740 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 1.2 megapixel front facing camera.

The Transformer Book T100 will also come with a keyboard dock that includes a USB 3.0 port and a trackpad. The tablet section only weighs 1.2 pounds and is 10.5mm thick. Adding the keyboard dock effectively doubles the weight of the product. The Transformer Book T100 has a projected battery life of up to 11 hours.

Finally, Asus is throwing in a pre-installed version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 with every Transformer Book T100. All in all, this could be one of the best values for people who are looking to get a new Windows 8.1 tablet later this fall.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Asus

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But this will run full Win 8.1 Pro...

Make you wonder how Microsoft will price the new Surface 2 (with Win RT). $349 for the tablet AND keyboard dock.... Even with all the price cuts Surface RT with a TOUCH cover is $400....

MS still seems to think the RT competes with the iPad and the Pro competes with ultrabooks. That would be a reasonable assumption if they were all starting out from scratch but the fact is MS is WAY behind and to close that gap they need to be priced lower and perform better. RT should be priced to compete with the Nexus 7 (It's about $80 more expensive now) and the Pro models should be priced to compete with the iPads (they're about $100 too expensive now).

Hey, people wanted cheaper alternatives, so here you go.

This is just a new netbook fad. Things like Chromebook or android tablets and now these Win 8.1 tablets all offer a cheap price tag for very specific and fairly basic tasks, stuff the general pc user is looking for.

To hit that price though, something has to give quality wise

I got excited for a 10" tablet instead of these 8' ****ers that are the fad right now. Just give me a baytrail successor to the 500T with the FHD screen and you can happily has my money

Osiris said,
I got excited for a 10" tablet instead of these 8' ****ers that are the fad right now. Just give me a baytrail successor to the 500T with the FHD screen and you can happily has my money

dell is releasing one. It doesn't have a name yet. Its a tablet with a 10.8" 1080p bay trail for $399

vcfan said,

dell is releasing one. It doesn't have a name yet. Its a tablet with a 10.8" 1080p bay trail for $399

Thanks for the info vcfan, unfortunately unlike the 500T it doesn't have a proper digitiser (Wacom).

StandingInAlley said,
That's the only thing preventing me from picking this but then the price is cheap.

Win 7 32 bit run fine with 2 gb of memory. I've mainly upgraded my pc to 4 gb because I wanted to do like everyone, and switch to 64 bit version.
I think that for a tablet trying to reduce cost as much as possible, 2 gb is a good compromise.

you don't actually get the full 2 gigs of ram some is reserved for the on board graphics card ram. When you have multiple browsers open with it the ram gets maxed out fast, thats with the metro app open or the desktop mode (same applies to chrome on it)

Considering that this will be used like a laptop a lot, this resolution is about as high as you can go without scaling at this size of a screen. Of course as a tablet it not ideal but still very useable.

heatlesssun said,
Considering that this will be used like a laptop a lot, this resolution is about as high as you can go without scaling at this size of a screen. Of course as a tablet it not ideal but still very useable.

That's not true anyone. 8.1 fixes displaying things high res screens, in desktop mode (never a problem in metro).
ergo, 1366 x 768, please go outside and play on the road in front of the bus stop. Thanks.

ZipZapRap said,

That's not true anyone. 8.1 fixes displaying things high res screens, in desktop mode (never a problem in metro).
ergo, 1366 x 768, please go outside and play on the road in front of the bus stop. Thanks.

High res uses more resources, even if it is scaled.

No doubt this will have the usual ASUS build quality issues. I've yet to see an ASUS IPS tablet with a fault free display....and I've seen many.

That said, other than the bezel, looks ok. Nice price

Won't sell though

heatlesssun said,
For this price it will probably sell just fine,

like the 400 and 600 models?

how come the 64gb model at £290 didn't sell?

Have to agree on ASUS quality issues, I bought machines from them based on so many vouching for how good they were. Worst machines (G73) I've ever owned and support is even worse. I avoid them like the plague. Tablets should be a little better off due to the way they're manufactured...we'll see. This is a $299 machine, which will be the price soon if it doesn't sell out of the gate.

Never had a problem with my ASUS Transformer first gen. In fact, I gave it to my mom want I got my N7. Still runs and works great. And ASUS laptops are rated one of the top brands.

techbeck said,
Never had a problem with my ASUS Transformer first gen. In fact, I gave it to my mom want I got my N7. Still runs and works great. And ASUS laptops are rated one of the top brands.

Agreed. Never had a problem with anything Asus in the past. My 1st gen Transformer was great, and my girlfriend's laptop runs like a charm

Yogurth said,
It will probably depend on how Bay Trail performs. We haven't seen anything yet, but Windows 8 on Atom is unusable.

go to anandtech. Its been benchmarked. Performs great on win 8. Gets a 1.48 on cinebench r11.5 for single threaded performance.

bigmehdi said,
I don't get all this bashing. Bought recently an asus transformer tf300, built quality seem fine.

I guess I'm just picky

all of the tablets I had worked fine.....doesn't mean they were well built.

The first one had the screen coming away. Most people didn't notice, but you could tell at night when looking at it from an angle. The next one was full of dead pixels and dust. again, you could only tell at night when the image was pitch black but there must have been over 200 dead pixels. This is not acceptable. The first one was pixel perfect. The third and final one had two really bad spots of bleed. VERY annoying.

Switched to dell (xps 10 and lat 10) which had fantastic screens. Unfortunately they had battery charging issues Grrrrrr!

The Asus Android Transformer 300/700 series all have problems with slow flash (storage) memory. I'm staying far away from their tablet products.

Yogurth said,
It will probably depend on how Bay Trail performs. We haven't seen anything yet, but Windows 8 on Atom is unusable.

Here: http://www.anandtech.com/show/...w-intel-atom-z3770-tested/2

As you can see Bay Trail is a big step up. Faster than a quad core AMD Jaguar, which is used in the X1/PS4 (but with 8 cores).

The Android benchmarks are on the next page. It's faster than any ARM SoC, including quad core Cortex A15. A Win 8.1 tablet with Bay Trail would be the ultimate device, now we just need one with a good high res display and a sexy sleek design.

ASUS is the only company I have really never had an issue with. I've dealt with their Support which too be honest isn't that great but at the same time WHAT do you expect from the manu.

Free parts and labour = "buddy wait your turn, then we will deal with YOU".

I also own the G73JW and the only build issue I have had with it is the trackpad is that it starts moving the cursor around as I hover my finger over the trackpad like a Wigi board which = annoying.

Otherwise a lot of the times it's our own doings that mess up the computer. But ASUS honestly is a great manu, giving great parts and build quality. Companies you should be bashing in terms of the consumer market should be

Acer: because of their plastic build qualities
HP: Unless you spend $600-$700, you're more likely to recieve something with a plastic build quality
Lenovo: Still using plastic build for their new computers

Also sorry, I work in retail so I deal with a lot of these kinds of issues, and again my views are solely based on my experience so others may have different views