Next-gen Core CPUs power Asus' new Transformers

Asus just wrapped up its pre-Computex press conference in Taipei, Taiwan. Chairman Johnny Shih unveiled a stack of new products, some of which we'll probably cover in more detail later this week. Right now, I'm itching to talk about the new Transformer Book T300 Chi.

Shih claimed the Chi is the thinnest detachable 2-in-1 around. It's just 14.3 mm thick with the keyboard dock attached, making the clamshell slimmer than the MacBook Air. The tablet alone is only 7.3 mm thick, which is slightly thinner than the iPad Air. There's no word on weight, though.

The Transformer Book Chi is based on a 12.5" IPS screen with a 2560x1440 display resolution. A "next-gen" Intel Core processor powers the machine, and it's passively cooled. We don't know anything else about the chip, though. Odds are the CPU is a low-power Broadwell derivative, which means we could be waiting a little while before the Chi hits shelves.

Apart from the inclusion of LTE connectivity, Shih didn't reveal much else about the Chi. However, he did uncork another new convertible. The Transformer Book V is really two separate devices: a 5" Android smartphone and a 12.5" Windows tablet. These components can be used separately or combined together. The smartphone docks in the back of the tablet, allowing folks to switch the slate between Android and Windows at the touch of a button.

As far as I can tell, the two operating systems share the screen but not the rest of the underlying hardware. The smartphone is based on a 64-bit Atom quad, while the tablet runs a next-gen Core CPU. The tablet also has a detachable keyboard dock that provides notebook-like functionality for both Android and Windows.

Shih described the Transformer Book V as the "ultimate convergence" device. It sounds intriguing, but I'm more interested in the Chi, in part because it could be a good candidate to replace my aging ultraportable. Too bad we don't have any details yet on pricing or availability just yet.

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