It seems that ASUS is at it again with a new 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid that will feature a fairly large display size. So far, there has been the 10” as well as 13” Transformer Book tablets which end up as tablets when you attach the optional keyboard dock, although it must be noted that the newer models do sport even more generous displays with a non-optional keyboard. However you will be able to push the touchscreen back by 360 degrees, allowing it to be transformed into a tablet, ala the Lenovo Yoga. The latest of such devices do seem to come in the form of the ASUS TP500L which has appeared over on the FCC, which means it is being prepared for a general release – hopefully sooner rather than later.
In the FCC listing, the user manual shows that the ASUS TP500L is a 15.6” model that will more or less be the same as that of the ASUS N542L, although not everything is identical. For instance, the ASUS TP500L will sport status indicators that are located above the keyboard instead of on the side of the case, and there will be no array microphones for noise cancellation.
Apart from that, it will have just one USB 3.0 port and another pair of USB 2.0 ports, which seems to be a downgrade considering the N542L has a trio of USB 3.0 ports. Hopefully this would mean it will also be easier on your bank account too, if you want one.