It’s been almost a year since Asus announced the Transformer Book, a tablet-Ultrabook hybrid à la the brand’s Transformer Prime line (except it runs Windows 8 instead of Android). The Transformer Book could’ve been one of the first Windows 8 hybrids to hit the market, but it was met with delays and, according to its Facebook page, will finally be available in the U.S. starting May 21.
The detachable display that turns into a standalone tablet has a 13.3-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It comes with 4GB of RAM, and you can choose between Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The tablet component of the device is equipped with a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive, while the keyboard dock contains an extra 500GB hard drive that you can use to store everything else you don’t need to carry around with you on your tablet.
Asus recently released a relatively cheaper Transformer Book in Japan that comes with a Core i5 processor, but there’s no word on whether that will also be launched in the U.S. We’re still waiting on the official price of the Transformer Book, but it was previously reported at $1,300. Check out our hands-on review of the Asus Transformer Book from CES for more details about the hybrid device!
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