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Asus to launch Windows-based Transformer hybrid laptop

Jerry Shen, the CEO of Asus, has announced at an investor conference that the company will be rolling out a Transformer Book that will cost between $299 and $399 (roughly from £200 to £275) and will be based on Windows.

According to FocusTaiwan, Shen didn't say whether it will be based on Windows 8 or Windows RT but said that the 10in model will be a good substitute for EEE PC, which triggered the Netbook revolution back in 2007.

Asus was the first company to launch one (you can revisit this amazing piece of kit, the EEE PC 701 in our review) and by 2010, at its peak, more than 32 million units were shipped.

After that, the arrival of tablets combined with the inherent inability of Netbooks to innovate and shed their low-power, low cost tag, meant that they are a spent force. Analyst firm HIS iSuppli expects just under four million netbooks to ship in 2013 with a mere 264,000 next year and zero in 2015.

{MPU PlaceholderIt will be interesting to see whether Asus learned from the Netbook experience. The current Transformer Book is an expensive piece of kit featuring a 13.3in full HD display, full fat Windows 8 OS, a detachable keyboard and a price tag of nearly £1000.

Shen said during the event that touch-enabled notebooks with a display size of 11.6in will account for more than half of the market in 2013 while 10in models are likely to grab up to 40 per cent of the market leaving the rest to laptops with bigger display.

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