The Full HD Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi was launched today, as the world’s thinnest Windows tablet. It will be released in February/March 2015:
As it comes with a magnetically attachable/detachable keyboard, it may also be considered a Windows 8.1 2-in-1 as well as a tablet.
Either way the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi is quite similar to the formidable success that is Asus Transformer Book T100. The differences lies in a slimmer and more elegant design, a Full HD display, dual cameras, a different connection between tablet and keyboard, but lacks additional storage in the keyboard.
The processor is the same as on the main model of Asus Transformer Book T100, that is, a quad-core 1.46 GHz Intel Atom Z3775 processor.
Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi then has model options of 1GB and 2GB of DDR3 RAM, and 32GB or 64GB storage.
But then there’s the 10.1-inch display, which has a welcome upgrade to 1920 x 1200, something that a lot of Asus customers have asked for. This is a LED backlit IPS display with upgraded display technology and software too, for a more dynamic and environment adjusted display experience.
The Asus T100 Chi also has dual cameras, something the regular model does not have, with a limit of a 1.2MP front camera. On the front of the Asus T100 Chi there’s now a 2MP camera, while on the rear there’s a elegant looking lens that covers a 5MP camera on the top right side of the tablet.
To slim down the tablet a little and to give it a more elegant design, Asus swapped the uber-solid hinges between the tablet and keyboard on the regular Asus T100 in favor of magnetic hinges on the Asus T100 Chi, but these are strong magnetic hinges made with neodymium magnetic materials. The keyboard then connects via Bluetooth with a range of up to 20 meters.
This makes the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi 7.2mm thick, and as you can see from the images, the audio combo jack protrudes a little because the tablet is so thin. There’s no plastic here either, as it has been designed with an all-aluminum design with diamond-cut chamfering as Asus proudly says. The weigh of the tablet is 570 gram while the keyboard dock weighs 510 gram.
The remaining specs on the Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi are like those on the popular standard model, meaning Windows 8.1 with a 12-month subscription to Office 365 Personal, USB 3.0, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + HS, and stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio.
The battery life of the Asus T100 Chi is just over 10 hours long, which is a few minutes less than the regular Asus T100 due to higher resolution of the display.
Asus will make this tablet available in Q1 of 2015.
– Jim Miller