Not to be outdone on the subject of 2-in-1s today, ASUS has announced a second 2-in-1 to complement the newly announced Transformer 3. Dubbed the Transformer 3 Pro, this portable is a more direct competitor to Microsoft’s popular Surface Pro lineup.

ASUS Transformer 3 Series
  Transformer 3 Transformer 3 Pro
Processor Core M? (Kaby Lake) Core i5/Core i7 (Skylake)
Memory Up To 8GB LPDDR3 Up To 16GB LPDDR3
Display 12.6" 2880x1920
Storage Up To 512GB Up To 1TB, PCIe x4
Connectivity USB Type-C, 3.1 Gen 2
w/Thunderbolt 3
3.5mm Audio Jack
USB Type-C, 3.1 Gen 2
w/Thunderbolt 3
USB Typa-A, 3.0
3.5mm Audio Jack
Dimensions ? x ? x 6.9mm 299 x 210 x 8.35 mm
Pricing Starting At $799 Starting At $999

Although the standard Transformer 3 is not necessary a budget option, of the two Transformers it is the cheaper one, utilizing what’s likely a Core M processor and having all-around weaker specifications. However for users that need more processing power (Core i5/i7), more storage (Up to 1TB, PCIe), more RAM (up to 16GB), and more connectivity (HDMI, USB Type-A, MicroSD) the Pro offers all of this in a slightly thicker form factor. The Transformer 3 Pro also brings over the rest of the feature set offered by the base Transformer 3, including a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, and a 12.6" 2880x1920 screen.

The higher specifications – particularly the use of an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor – puts it in direct competition with Microsoft’s Surface Pro. And at 8.35mm thick, I’m curious how the cooling system on the Pro compares to what Microsoft has done, as putting a 15W CPU in such a thin form factor is by no means an easy feat.

Finally, like its Core M based sibling, ASUS has not yet announced a shipping date for the Transformer 3 Pro. But a starting price has been announced, with the Pro starting at $999.

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  • KPOM - Monday, May 30, 2016 - link

    Not to parrot ASUS's CEO too much, but the Zenbook is a prestige device. They wanted to be able to say that they created a notebook thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the MacBook at a similar price with similar looks and build quality. They will probably sell more of the Transformer than the Zenbook 3.
  • jsntech - Monday, May 30, 2016 - link

    And another 3:2 aspect display...sweet!

    I'm sure it's too much to hope for, but *please* let this tiny trend of 'taller', more-useful-for-majority-of-uses displays keep growing.
  • KPOM - Monday, May 30, 2016 - link

    But then they went ahead and put 16:9 into the Zenbook, even though the MacBook uses 16:10. I'm not sure I understand why.
  • Spectrophobic - Monday, May 30, 2016 - link

    I think I'll prefer a 1920x1080 panel over 2880x1920. Not having to bother with scaling a big plus for me.

    I think squarer aspect ratios make more sense on laptops though, as on tablets you can just change orientation to fit your needs.
  • Impulses - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    Not necessarily, at 10"+ a long 16:10 (let alone 16:9) tablet can become kind of unwieldy and top heavy in portrait orientation...
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    And if you check photos or read comic/manga 16:10 or even worse 16:9 look absolutely horrible in a vertical position.

    3:2 should be the only aspect ratio for PC ecosystem and 16:10, 21:9 for niche segments (editing),

    Movie and TV industry should also adopt 16:10 and ban for good this horrible 16:9
  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    3:2 --> 1,5 ratio is +0.17 from a 4:3, +0.08 from actual A3 paper (1.42~) and -0.1 from 16:10
  • Spectrophobic - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    ...and give pretty much every TV pillarboxing?
  • Spectrophobic - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    Ehhh, not really. I'm fine with the SP2.
  • jnfbatista - Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - link

    I would love to see one of these paired up with a Razer Core.

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