Asus Transformer Book Duet TD 300 serves up an instantly switching Windows and Android laptop/tablet

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD 300 serves up Windows and Android in laptop and tablet modes

The folks at Asus are describing their new Transformer Book Duet (TD 300) as the “world’s first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible,” and it certainly looks to be a very interesting offering indeed.

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD 300 serves up Windows and Android in laptop and tablet modes

Able to switch between Windows and Android with a swift push of an OS Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet, the TD300 hopes to offer the best of both worlds, giving users the option of using an Android tablet or laptop, or a Windows tablet or laptop.

Starting at $599, the device follows the design cues seen in Asus’s successful Android Transformer range, with the screen unclipping from the keyboard to provide a tablet device.

The TD300 can boot into both Windows 8.1 Standard and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and packs a a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display running an Intel Core i3 processor ($100 more gets you a version with an 1080p display and a beefy Intel Core i7 processor).

The machine comes with 4GB DDR3L 1600 RAM, with storage configurable up to 128 GB SSD in the tablet and up to 1 TB HDD in t’dock., with a MicroSD card slot offering more expansion.

A 38WHr battery serves up a modest battery life around 5 hours in Windows 8.1 and 6 hours in Android 4.2.2 (hopefully Asus will pull their fingers out and update the Android OS to something more modern fairly sharpish).

Asus Transformer Book Duet TD 300 serves up instantly switching Windows and Android laptop/tablet

Other specs include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR, headphone jack and a DC jack, while nestling within the keyboard dock can be found a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, 10/100Mbit/s LAN, HDMI 1.4, audio combo jack and DC jack.

This latest jack of all trades machine should be hitting Europe and Asia this quarter, with the U.S. following in Q2.