Cherry Trail SoC anchors new Transformer convertible

— 8:22 AM on June 1, 2015

Asus' Transformer Book T100 earned a TR Recommended award when it was first introduced, and its successor broke cover at Computex today. The T100HA upgrades to the Atom x5-Z8500, a quad-core Cherry Trail processor equipped with more powerful integrated graphics than its Bay Trail predecessor. It also tweaks the display's aspect ratio, swapping the old model's 10.1" 1366x768 unit for one with a 1280x800 pixel array.

The T100HA has a reversible Type-C USB 3.1 port that may be powered by a third-party chip. (The SoC specs indicate Cherry Trail's native USB connectivity is limited to USB 3.0 speeds.) There's a Micro USB 2.0 port, as well, plus a Micro HDMI 1.4 output. Configurations will be available with up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of eMMC storage. The spec sheet also lists a full-sized SDXC slot instead of the usual micro option.

Like Asus' more upscale Transformer Book Chi family, the T100HA includes a detachable keyboard dock that holds the tablet with neodymium magnets. But instead of connecting via Bluetooth, the dock is linked to the tablet electrically, which should eliminate the Chi's wake-from-sleep delays—and the need to charge the dock separately. The electrical connection also lets Asus tuck an extra USB 2.0 port into the dock.

Although the dock lacks an auxiliary battery, the T100HA's battery life looks solid without. The tablet is rated to last 11 hours on a single charge.

Asus says the machine will arrive in Q3 with Windows 10 installed. We don't have information on pricing yet, but the available colors are pictured above.

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