New Asus Transformer 3 Pro and Transformer 3 Intel 7th Generation CPU

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  1. alextrela182

    alextrela182 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Brand new 2 in 1 by Asus from Computex 2016 unveiled few minutes ego.
    http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/30/asus-transformer-pc/#gallery=390823&slide=3905681&index=2
    http://www.windowscentral.com/asus-latest-transformers-take-surface-pro-4
    http://wccftech.com/asus-transforme...surface-pro-4-to-shame-check-out-these-specs/



    Both the Transformer 3 Pro and the Transformer 3 have a 12.6-inch display with a 2880 x 1920 resolution and 275 ppi pixel density. There are other similarities as well: Both feature USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connections, Harmon Kardon speakers, and USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. They both also have built-in fingerprint readers. As you might expect, both 2-in-1s are also compatible with ASUS accessories such as the Pen, a Universal Dock, an AudioPod (a quad speaker with surround sound) and the ROG XG Station 2, a graphics dock that gives the humble tablet PC the power of a desktop computer (and it's VR-ready to boot!). Both tablets are available in Icicle Gold as well as Glacier Gray.



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    Of the two, the Transformer 3 Pro is the heftier one at 8.35mm thick. Its kickstand has a "stepless hinge" that lets you set the device at any viewing angle up to 170-degrees. The 3 Pro also comes with a Cover Keyboard that's backlit and offers "laptop-grade 1.4mm key travel" which ASUS says will provide a typing experience similar to that of a normal-sized notebook. It also boasts an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 1TB PCIe x4 SSD and 16GB of 2133MHz RAM. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera plus a front-facing one as well.

    While the Transformer 3 has the same display size as the Transformer 3 Pro, the 3 is thinner and lighter with a thickness and weight of 6.9mm and 695 grams respectively. The Transformer 3 features a 7th generation Intel Core processor plus up to 512GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM. Its display stand is not quite as flexible, with only two positions. It ships with a Transformer Sleeve Keyboard, also with 1.4mm of key travel and is available in the same four colors as the Cover Keyboard (Stone, Charcoal, Taupe, and Amber).




    There are several other specification details that are common between the two products and they have been listed below:

    USB Type-C port
    Thunderbolt 3 port
    Harmon Kardon speakers
    USB 3.0 port
    HDMI ports
    Built-in fingerprint readers

    Pen
    A Universal Dock
    An AudioPod (which is basically a quad speaker with surround sound)
    The ROG XG Station 2 (a unique graphics dock that allows you to connect the slate to a powerful machine and grant it immense graphics horsepower)



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  2. kvoram

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    The Transformer 3 Pro looks great based on the specs!
    Asus has done a few things right:

    - Switching to 3:2 displays, finally the whole PC industry is giving us options beyond 16:9; slimmer bezels and larger size are also welcome
    - Thunderbolt 3
    - FULL-SIZE HDMI: Thank you, Asus! This and the Vaio Z Canvas are the only 3:2 tablets where you don't need to carry some sort of video adapter with you in a foreign lecture hall, conference room, friend's house etc., unless of course they still use VGA. Mini or micro-HDMI are just annoying because never I have seen such a adapter when I was in a foreign place.
    - USB-A 3.0 to let us keep connecting all the gazillion regular USB devices in the world
    - Somewhat better layout of the arrow keys, not full-size arrow keys, but at least up/down are not squeezed half-sized between the left/right keys.

    Of course there some reservations:
    - The Pen, who knows how well that might work, Asus mentions 1024 levels
    - Thermal engineering and throttling. With two similar versions, it will be interesting how much of a performance gain the Pro version will have or how well it might compete with the Surface Pro 4.
    It is important to note that the Transformer 3 Pro uses only the i7-6500U with HD 520 graphics, while the Surface Pro 4 uses the i7-6650 with much more powerful Iris 540 graphics
    - I would have loved an internal Full-Size SD card reader, but that is still unique to the Vaio Z Canvas.
    - I kinda wish they would have included a back-side RealSense camera :(


    Video from the announcement (Laptops,Tablets starting at 22 minutes):


    Here are the official sites with more details:
    http://press.asus.com/events/Computex/2016/
    http://www.asus.com/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS-Transformer-3-Pro-T303UA/

    Current list of official specs:
    • Processor
      Intel® Core™ i5 6200U Processor,
      Intel® Core™ i7 6500U Processor,
    • Operating System
      Windows 10 Home
      Windows 10 Pro
    • Chipset
      Integrated Intel® CPU
    • Memory
      16 GB LPDDR3 2133MHz SDRAM Onboard Memory
    • Display
      12.6" (3:2) LED backlit WQHD+ (2880x1920) Glare Touchscreen with 85% NTSC
      Support ASUS Splendid Technology
      With WideView Technology
    • Graphic
      Integrated Intel HD Graphics 520
    • Storage
      Solid State Drives:
      128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB PCIE Gen3X4 SSD
    • Card Reader
      Multi-format card reader
    • WebCam
      Front 8 Mp and Rear 13 Mp
      IR Camera
    • Networking
      Wi-Fi
      Integrated 802.11 AC (WIDI Support)
      Bluetooth
      Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
    • Interface
      1 x COMBO audio jack
      1 x USB 3.0 port(s)
      1 x HDMI
      1 x Thunderbolt port
    • Audio
      Built-in Stereo 2 W Speakers And Array Microphone
      Support Windows 10 Cortana with Voice
      ASUS SonicMaster Premium Technology
    • Battery
      39 Whrs Polymer Battery
    • Power Adapter
      Plug Type :USB TYPE C
      Output :
      20 V DC, 2.25 A, 45 W
      Input :
      100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    • Dimensions
      Tablet:
      298.8 x 210.1 x 8.35 mm (WxDxH)
    • Weight
      Tablet:
      795 g
    • Security
      TPM (Trusted Platform Module)
     
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  3. alextrela182

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    I thought that Asus will use the new Kaby Lake CPU from Intel.
    Or Transformer 3 will use 7th generation and 3 Pro 6th current generation.
    It doesn't make sense.

    Also not using DDR4 ram is fail.

    But there's still a question about the pen technology Asus is using.
    I hope not Synaptic.

    But in general welcome improvements over past years proposal from Asus.



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    The Transformer 3 Pro looks great, a bit heavier and larger than the SP4 Pro though but nice to have some competition. Thunderbolt support is a great addition.

    The Transformer 3 however looks like a copy of the Samsung TabPro S and Huawei Matebook only larger. Not sure what it offers that the other two don't. I think the articles are wrong. Asus spec lists only USB Type-C and headphone port on this one. The images back this up, I can't see any other ports on the sides. At least it may force Samsung to adjust their silly prices and 1 config fits all.

    Edit: my mistake! The sole USB Type-C port is 3.1 Gen 2 and supports Thunderbolt!
     
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    Based on the various pics, I am 99% sure it is a Synaptics pen :(

    I have also read elsewhere that the Core M will use Kaby Lake, will the Core i will still use Skylake, probably dependent on Intel's release schedule.

    Here is the official website for the non-pro Transformer 3:
    http://www.asus.com/2-in-1-PCs/ASUS-Transformer-3-T305CA/

    Current list of official specs for the non-pro Transformer 3:
    • Operating System
      Windows 10 Home
      Windows 10 Pro
    • Memory
      4 GB LPDDR3 1866MHz SDRAM Onboard Memory, up to 8 GB SDRAM
    • Display
      12.6" (3:2) LED backlit WQHD+ (2880x1920) Glare Touchscreen with 85% NTSC
      With WideView Technology
    • Graphic
      Integrated Intel HD Graphics
    • Storage
      Solid State Drives:
      256GB SATA3 M.2 SSD
      Solid State Drives:
      512GB SATA3 M.2 SSD
    • WebCam
      Front 5 Mp and Rear 13 Mp
    • Networking
      Wi-Fi
      Integrated 802.11 AC
      Bluetooth
      Built-in Bluetooth V4.1
    • Interface
      1 x COMBO audio jack
      1 x USB 3.1 TYPE C port(s)
    • Audio
      Built-in Stereo 2 W Speakers And Array Microphone
      Support Windows 10 Cortana
      ASUS SonicMaster Premium Technology
    • Battery
      38.5 Whrs Polymer Battery
    • Power Adapter
      Plug Type :USB TYPE C
      Output :
      5 V DC, 2 A, 45 W
      Input :
      100 -240 V AC, 50/60 Hz universal
    • Dimensions
      Tablet:
      303 x 202 x 6.9 mm (WxDxH)
    • Weight
      Tablet:
      695 g
     
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  6. Kumabjorn

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    No word on pricing?

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    Prices mentioned during the press event:

    Transformer 3 Pro:
    256GB PCIe SSD, incl. Keyboard and pen (didn't mention the rest of the specs): starting at $999

    Transformer 3:
    256GB SSD, incl. Keyboard (didn't mention pen or the rest of the specs): starting at $799

    other configurations with prices weren't mentioned for those two
     
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    Seems very reasonable to me.

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    According to specks PRO model will have 16GB of RAM regardless of CPU and SSD choice. Wow. Hope stylus is Wacom AES and GPU doc is not be ridiculously overpriced. It'll be a dream machine then.
     
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    Sorry to disappoint you, but the Pen looks very Synaptics to me, no Wacom or N-Trig.

    While the specs currently only mention 16GB RAM, the slideshow at the press event all said "up to" 16GB RAM, so I guess there will be lower RAM configurations.

    Also the graphics dock is going to cost you. The Razer Core for Desktop-GPUs for example costs $499, without a graphics card, just the case! The Acer Graphics Dock with a mobile GPU is supposedly going to cost 300 Euros. So it ain't gonna be cheap...

    Some pics of Transformer 3 Pro Pen, judge for yourself:
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