The launch of new notebooks and tablets made specifically for Windows 8 has slowed down a bit in 2013 but this week a new PC notebook-tablet hybrid that was first revealed in June 2012 is finally available for pre-order at one online US retailer.
MacMall.com is taking orders for the Asus Transformer Book, a 13.3 inch 1920x1080 touchscreen notebook that can separate the screen from the docked keyboard to serve as a really big tablet. The model that's being sold is priced at $1,479.99 and includes an Intel Intel Core i7 processor running at 1.9 GHz, along with 4 GB of RAM, a 500 GB hard drive and a second 128 GB SSD.
The SSD drive is apparently inside the tablet portion of the Transformer Book which means users won't be able to access the 500 GB hard drive when the Transformer Book tablet is separated from the keyboard. The total weight of the product is listed as 4.2 pounds.
While the MacMall.com site gave no indication when the Asus Transformer Book would actually ship for those that pre-order it on their site, Liliputing.com indicates, via a German retailer, that the hybrid could start shipping sometime in mid-March.