My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 to launch at the end of March 2014 - Dual-OS Tablet Hybrid is the Muppets Most Wanted that gives the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style

Sunday, March 9, 2014

US$599 Asus Transformer Duet TD300 to launch at the end of March 2014 - Dual-OS Tablet Hybrid is the Muppets Most Wanted that gives the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style

Hell has apparently frozen over. This as Asus, maker of the Asus Transformer Tablet which eventually made its debut in November 2011 as chronicled in my blog article entitled “Asus Transformer vs Apple iPad 2 - X-Men First Class for Ludacris' Numba' One Spot”, is doing their innovation design thing again.

It’s a Tablet/Laptop hybrid that can run Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Google Android Jellybean called the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 slated for a end of March 2014 launch as explained in “Android and Windows getting along inside your PC? Nope”, published March 1, 2014 11:20 AM PST by Brooke Crothers, CNET News.

And based on the latest news, the Tablet/Laptop hybrid, slated to hit the by the end of March 2014, isn’t getting any love from either Camp, especially Google as reported in “Google cited as bothered by Android-Windows hybrid”, published March 7, 2014 5:08 PM PST by Brooke Crothers, CNET News


That’s because instead of being a dual-boot Device, where you have to shut down one OS to boot into another, it instead is hot swappable from one OS to another. Apparently Asus has designed the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 with enough memory resources for both OS to run simultaneously without any memory or Hardware Resource conflicts.

Even more interesting is the facts that both are essentially Tablet OS; once detached, the Screen switches into Table mode for both OS in under 3 seconds, much like a Dual-SIM (Subscriber Identification Module) smartphone.

Apparently the same trend of Dual-SIM Smartphones as predicted in my Geezam blog article entitled “Trend towards Dual-SIM Smartphones developing in Jamaica as MNP Approaches has foisted a much-desired parallel in the Mobile Computing world with which they share the same customer space: Dual OS Tablet/Hybrids.

Google hates Asus Transformer Duet TD300 - Microsoft using Google Android like Captain America’s Shield

Microsoft has no problems with the product but Google may be using is business relationships with Asus to block this potentially game changing device. After all, they’re losing the battle of Attrition against Chromebooks as more and more PC makers are making Chromebooks!

They’re cheaper to make and are fast sellers, the latest being Toshiba’s US$280 Chromebook CB35-A3120 as noted in my blog article entitled “Toshiba launches the US$280 Chromebook CB35-A3120 - Chrome OS’s cheaper and a sure bet against Windows 8.1 Rising Tide as Apple prepare to go to Hybrid School”.


Microsoft, in a desperate attempt to stave off being overwhelmed by a crush of 7” Google Android Tables and Chromebooks, has slashed licensing fees on Windows 8.1 by 70% from US$50 (JA$ 5,394.88) to US$15 (JA$ 1,618.47) as reported in my blog article entitled “Microsoft cuts cost of Windows 8 Licensing by 70% - Low cost Windows 8 Tablets coming as Microsoft is now Walking with the Enemy, Google Chrome OS”.

Specs of the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 – A Shotgun Marriage made in Operating System Heaven

In case you’re confused, this is the same Asus Transformer Duet TD300 that had its debut at CES (Computer Electronics Show) 2014 as stated in “The Transformer Book Duet combines Windows with Android tablet with laptop”, published January 6, 2014 05:10 pm by Vlad Snow, The Verge and “Asus shows new Windows tablet, Transformer Book convertible, gaming monitor”, published January 6, 2014 By Matt Smith, DigitalTrends.


Pricing isn’t available but is expected to start at around US$599.  The specs for the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 are out though:

1.      Processor: Intel Core i7
2.      OS: Windows 8.1 and Google Android Jellybean
3.      Display: 13.3 HD IPS
4.      Resolution:
5.      RAM: 4GB of RAM
6.      Internal Storage: 64GB SSD expandable to 128GB (Solid State Drive)
7.      Internet connectivity: 802.11ac Wi-Fi
8.      Camera: Front Facing
9.      Ports: HDMI, LAN, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0

Features:

1.      Keyboard dock with 1TB of internal memory
2.      Dedicated software and Hardware button for easy three second live Switching between OS

Folks, I’ll leave it at that. To say I’m excited by the Game changing potential would merely be a clich├ęd superlative that doesn’t do this product justice. This product potential is that for the first time you can have the Google apps on a Product that can also allow you to get productive work don using Microsoft products that you’re already familiar with – all usable within 3 seconds Switch from one OS to another.


As for rumours of Google trying to crash this wedding instead of “forever holding their peace”, I only have these words for them: First Do No Evil. If customers want Dual-OS Tablet/Laptop Hybrids, then it’s good for business, as they’ll buy them knowing they’ll get the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style!


And yes, the song Best of Both Worlds comes immediately to mind to describe the Dual-OS Tablet/hybrid product. This as the Asus Transformer Duet TD300 Gamechanger is the Muppets Most Wanted (2014) by many seeking the Best of Both Worlds, Hannah Montana Style!

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