ASUS Transformer 3 And Other Models Get Their Hardware Detailed – Kaby Lake Present In One Them

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May 31, 2016

When we detailed the announcement of ASUS Transformer 3 and ASUS Transformer 3 Pro, we stated that they will be powered by Intel’s Kaby Lake family but unfortunately, lack of hardware details prevented us from providing you guys with the necessary information concerning the kind of chips present inside. Now, we have accurate information of the processors powering up the latest 2-in-1 from ASUS.

ASUS Transformer 3 And Pro Models Feature Intel Core M Models From Kaby Lake Series And Skylake Processors Respectively – Here Are All The Details

ASUS announced three 2-in-1 hybrids today at Computex 2016:

  • ASUS Transformer 3 Pro (which features the highest performing hardware out of the three)
  • ASUS Transformer 3 (which sits somewhere in the middle)
  • ASUS Transformer 3 Mini (this slate features the lowest hardware out of the three, but is still worthy enough to be purchased if you’re on a very tight budget)


According to BenchLife, Transformer 3 Pro will feature Intel’s Skylake processors family and will be divided into Intel’s Core i3, i5 and i7 chips, while the ASUS Transformer 3 will feature the latest Kaby Lake series of processors. Given below is the list of Core M Kaby Lake series of processors that are going to be present inside Transformer 3.

  • Core m3-7Y30: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Core m5-7Y54: Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Core m7-7Y75: Intel vPro enabled with Intel HD Graphics 615


These ultra-low TDP chips don’t exceed the 4.5W range which will likely be true for the Kaby Lake series. On the specifications side, the Core m7-7Y75 is a dual core design with multi-threading enabled. Despite the fact that Transformer 3 Pro will be housing a Skylake processor, it still features more connectivity ports than the regular Transformer 3, transforming the machine into a better performing hybrid, if that is the kind of machine that you’re looking for. Those port details have been listed below:

  • USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2) with Thunderbolt 3
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0 Type-A
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 3.5mm jack


Compared to Transformer 3 Pro, Transformer 3 features the following connectivity ports:

  • USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 2) with Thunderbolt 3
  • 3.5mm jack
  • HDMI
  • USB 3.0 Type-A

Intel CPU Generation Comparison:

  Intel Sandy Bridge Platform Intel Ivy Bridge Platform Intel Haswell Platform Intel Broadwell Platform Intel Skylake Platform Intel Kaby Lake Platform Intel Coffee Lake Platform Intel Comet Lake Platform Intel Ice Lake Platform
Processor Architecture Sandy Bridge Ivy Bridge Haswell Broadwell Skylake Kaby Lake Coffee Lake Comet Lake Ice Lake
Processor Process 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm 14nm+ 14nm++ 14nm++ 10nm
Processors Cores (Max) 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 6/12 & 8/16 10/20? TBD
Platform Chipset 6-Series “Cougar Point” 7-Series “Panther Point” 8-Series “Lynx Point” 9-Series “Wild Cat Point” 100-Series “Sunrise Point” 200-Series “Union Point” 300-Series ICL PCH? ICL PCH?
Platform Socket LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1150 LGA 1150 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 TBD TBD
TDPs 35-95W 35-77W 35-84W 65W 35-91W 35-91W 35-95W TBD TBA
Thunderbolt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platform Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA
Launch 2011 2012 2013-2014 2015 2015 2017 2017-2018 2019 2020?

If you wanted pricing details of all ASUS Transformer 3 models, then they have been listed below. Keep in mind that these 2-in-1 hybrids will be running Windows 10 ‘out of the box’.

  • ASUS Transformer 3 Pro: $999 for the base model
  • ASUS Transformer 3: $799 for the base model
  • ASUS Transformer Mini: Pricing details currently not available


Looking at these details, which model would you be more compelled to purchase? Let us know your thoughts right away.