The tablet was shown very briefly along with the new HP Pavilion 10 X2 but there’s not much information, or even images of it. HP call it ‘revolutionary’ in their blog, but that’s about all they’re saying.
Well done Roland! Mobilegeeks‘ video-man rushed into the product demo area after the Microsoft keynote at Computex today and made a quick hands-on video of a new Toshiba Ultrabook based on Intel Skylake. The waiting crowd weren’t very accommodating and you’ll hear that in the video.
The design is very unique with its see-through top panel and the port selection good too although I don’t see any consumer IR support. The front-mounted ports seem a little over the top too. Surely a single USB and audio ports would be better? At the rear you’ll find another USB 3.0 port, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 HDMI ports and a headset port. There’s no dedicated digital audio port.
If you like your laptops casual, mobile and flexible but don’t want to shell out a ton of money for one, the ASUS Transformer Flip TP200 might be for you. Based on the Braswell platform (2015 entry-level) these home-targeted convertibles come with a good size battery, Windows 10 and silence! There’s a hands-on video for you below but first lets take a look at the specifications.
Asus Flip TP200
The specifications look very much like the 2014 Transformer Book T200TA but the Flip TP200 isn’t a detachable it’s a Yoga-style fold-back design. For some, that could be better because having a fold-back stand is worth gold when you need a connected screen while watching TV. Note the USB-C and USB 3.0 ports. Miracast and other Windows 10 casting features should be supported.
Asus Transformer Book Flip TP200 Specifications
CPU: Braswell Celeron or Pentium.
Screen: 11.6-inches 1366 x 768 IPS
RAM: 4 GB
Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB (probably eMMC)
WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0, USB-C, Micro-HDMI, Headset jack
Battery: 38 Wh
Size: 297 x 201.3 x 18.45
Weight: 1.2 KG
Availability: Q3 2015
Asus Flip TP200
Mobilegeeks highlight the ‘huge’ trackpad and a thin aluminum cover. It’s confirmed to be fanless. As with all the new generation Windows laptops and tablets we’re talking about full 64-bit operating system compatibility.
Pricing hasn’t been given but given that the T200TA started at about $350, expect the Asus Trnasformer Book Flip TP200 to be about the same (32 GB / 2 GB) and going to $450 for the 64 GB / 4GB RAM version. Those pricing estimates are yet to be confirmed though.
Competing in this sector are the Toshiba Satellite Radius 11, the Lenovo Flex 3 11 and the Lenovo Yoga 2 11. (Comparison link.)
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The Acer Aspire Switch 10 V was the undisputed #1 most-popular product in our database over the last 12 months but its time might come to an end if the Switch 10 V model, with Intel Atom X5, takes over at a good price. The Switch 10 V comes with a Full HD 1920 x 1200 screen, a re-designed chassis and is built around the Intel Atom X5 processor. Mobilegeeks got a look at it in Taiwan today.
Finally. The Acer Switch 11 V gets some airtime at Computex and the 5 minute overview gives us the first information on availability. It was announced at an Acer event in April but there weren’t any details about availability and Acer have been quiet ever since. Don’t be shy, Acer, because this looks like a really nice Core-M based 2-in-1 and if the price is right it will certainly compete with the Surface 3. The latest information from Tech Reporter tells us that it will be available “sometime in July.”
The HP Pavilion 10 X2 tablet / keyboard case hasn’t been out for long but it has been a popular device in the UMPCPortal database. Maybe it was because of the very light total weight and good price. The updated HP Pavilion 10 X2 has a new hard-docking keyboard and has been updated with an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processing platform and USB-C. Like all the new tablets we’re seeing at Computex this is running Windows 10. It’s looking like a great ultra-mobile PC solution.
Intel’s Kirk Skaugen, GM of the Client Computing Group, will be giving the opening keynote at Computex in Taiwan at 2pm local time and, as always at Computex, it’s an important one for Intel. The Internet of Things and wearables will feature in the keynote but we’re also likely to see some important mobile-PC related topics. The ultimate ‘reveal’ would be an Intel-based Windows 10 Mobile device, even a phone, but there are other things to think about too. Here’s a check-list of what you can expect. The keynote will stream live here.
Asus are showing a new netbook-style 11.6-inch laptop at Computex. The E202 has just been spotted by Mobilegeeks and not only do the specifications sound interesting but it looks great too. A 4GB version with Pentium 4-core Braswell-family processor was seen with a USB-C port. It’s fanless and weighs just 1.2 KG. This could be the perfect entry-level, back-to-school laptop.
I’ll let you into a secret. I’ve got official access to the Mobilegeeks team collaboration system and I can see what’s coming next – and it’s the first English Transformer Book T100HA hands-on video with a secret price reveal!
T100HA comes in various colors
The Transformer Book T100HA was the only significant product launched (for us) at the Asus press event this morning and it takes what is probably the most popular Windows 2-in-1 so far and updates it with an Intel Atom X5 Z5800, a USB-C port, USB 3.0 on the keyboard dock and a full 64-bit Windows 10 OS. 4GB RAM and 128 GB storage are options that will delight many of you. There’s a new metal casing on the rear and a few other design changes.
Microsoft has set a date for Windows 10 updates. The free upgrades for Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs will be available on July 29th.
Windows 10 is coming on July 29th 2015
Microsoft is currently testing pre-release version 10130 as an insider preview but this announcement could mean that the next pre-release version will take it to ‘beta’ with no further feature changes. Cortana, Windows Hello and the Edge browser are just a few of the new features but major UI changes will also play a big part in whether users choose to upgrade.
There are questions, too, about which PCs in the mobile sector will actually be able to run Windows 10 as many of the tablets and low-end 2-in-1 PCs have small solid-state disks with some of them even having a locked Windows 8 restore partition. A WIndows 10 install is going to be difficult on devices with these restrictions which cover nearly all of the recent Windows 8.1 tablets. Expect manufacturers to capitalise on that limitation, and the new Intel Atom X5, as we move through Computex this week. [ASUS Transformer Book T100 HA has already been announced.]
Device not eligible for the free upgrade will need a license which, according to leaks, could cost $109 for a ‘home’ version.
Microsoft is aiming to have 1 billion Windows 10 devices (PCs, smartphones, Xbox) within a 3-year timeframe and combined with a push for Universal Applications is aiming to solve the critical problems of app store economics and quality.
For a look at a recent build of Windows 10 on an 8 inch tablet, take a look at the video below (via TheDigitalLifestyle) which shows the Toshiba Encore running Windows 10 release 10130. Microsoft’s release notes for this version can be found here.
The ASUS press event has just started as I write this but some of the big tech websites already have information on ASUS #Zensation event launches. The first one for ultra mobile PC fans to take note of is the Transformer Book T100HA. This is an update on the original, and popular, 2-in-1 and therefore positioned below the T100 Chi at a value price-point. The new version now runs an Atom X5 CPU and includes a USB-C port. The screen resolution remains at 1366 x 768 1280 x 800 which isn’t a surprise because otherwise it would clash with the T100 Chi.