The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has already gone on sale in the UK and Taiwan. Now the tablet with the optional detachable keyboard is headed to the US and Canada. Asus says it will go on sale April 26th for a starting price of $399.
That price will get you a 10.1 inch Android tablet with 16GB of storage. The optional keyboard will run an extra $150. A 32GB model will also be available for $499 and up.
The Eee Pad Transformer features a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1280 x 800 pixel display, front and rear cameras, Google Android 3.0, and all the usual goodies we’ve come to expect from a modern Android tablet. At $399, it will also be one of the cheapest slates to feature Android 3.0 and a high resolution screen.
The real show-stopper is the detachable keyboard which docks firmly to the tablet to let you use the combo like a laptop. There’s also an extra battery in the keyboard. Asus says you should be able to get 9.5 hours of battery life out of the tablet alone, and up to 16 hours when using the keyboard.
The folks at Android Central have posted a detailed review of the tablet. They’re not thrilled with the plastic case, but they’re impressed with the performance and base price. They also say the keyboard provides a transformative experience — even if the computer isn’t quite ready to replace a full-blown Windows or Mac laptop just yet.