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Asus announces local pricing for Trio, T100 and Zenbook refresh

Asus has revealed Australian pricing and availability for three devices in its hybrid and ultrabook range.

Asus has revealed Australian pricing and availability for its Transformer Book T100, Transformer Trio and the new-look Zenbook range.

The new-look Zenbook. (Credit: Asus)

Asus is calling the Transformer Book Trio a "3-in-1". It's a dual-OS device running Android in tablet mode and Windows 8 when docked with its "PC Station" keyboard (although users can swap back to Android if required).

However, you can also plug a monitor into the PC Station dock (via micro HDMI or Mini DisplayPort) and use it as a Windows 8 PC, while the tablet screen is being used as a separate device.

The Tranformer Trio. (Credit: Asus)

This all works, obviously, by having two sets of processors in the two halves of the Trio — an Intel Atom for the tablet and a fourth-gen Intel Core i5 for the PC Station. The tablet features an 11.6-inch Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) screen and 16GB of storage, while the PC Station has a 500GB hard drive and 4GB of RAM.

The Trio will be in retail from late November for AU$1599.

The Transformer Book T100 is a 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 hybrid tablet. Running on Intel's Bay Trail Atom processor, the T100 tablet weighs 550g, with the keyboard dock adding another 520g.

The Tranformer T100.
(Credit: Asus)

That's light but not exactly slim: the tablet is 10.5mm thick, with the dock adding another 13.1mm to that.

The T100 is available from today, 24 October, at AU$599. Only the 64GB version is available locally, unlike the US, which has both the 32GB and 64GB versions.

Finally, Asus has refreshed its Zenbook ultrabook range with two new-look models: the UX301 and the UX302.

The new design has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the top panel of the Zenbook, adding a high-gloss but durable finish. The range is available in a few different configurations of processor and screen, with the UX301 having the option of a 2560x1440 WQHD screen, Core i7 processor and two 256GB SSDs.

The UX301 is slightly sleeker than the 302: 1.2kg compared to 1.45kg and 15.5mm thick compared to 17.2mm.

The two new Zenbooks will be available in November, with the RRP starting at AU$1799.