Asus is officially launching the Eee Pad Transformer in Taiwan today. The 10 inch Android tablet with an optional keyboard dock that transforms the machine into a laptop is expected to ship in the US next month.
The Asus Eee Pad Tranformer has all the usual Android tablet specs including a 10.1 inch display, Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor. But it has a few things that set it apart including:
- A 1280 x 800 pixel IPS Gorilla Glass display
- An optional detachable keyboard with a touchpad and chiclet-style keys
- Asus Waveshare software running on top of Android to provide quick access to media, social networks, and more
The tablet measures 0.51 inches thick and weighs 1.49 pounds. It has a 5MP rear camera and a 1.2MP front facing camera. The optional keyboard dock also has a separate battery, so while Asus suggests you should be able to get about 9.5 hours of run time from the tablet alone, adding the keyboard dock could increase your battery life to 16 hours.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer will be available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, 1G of RAM, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. It has a G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, and GPS and supports Adobe Flash Player 10.2.
Netbook News reports that the tablet is selling for about $500 US in Taiwan, plus another $100 for the keyboard, but there’s a chance that it may be cheaper in the US, as electronics often cost more in Taiwan.
does it has illuminated keyboard?
The whole setup–tablet and dock–need to come in at around $450. Then it will be very competitive with tablets and netbooks. $500 +$100 for the dock = $600 at the low end. Don’t think that will fly nearly as well.
Agreed. How will a non optimized keyboard/touchpad OS compare to a cheaper Windows netbook? Nobody mentions that Honeycomb is touchsceen optimized so how worthwhile is a $100 dock going to be when for another $150 you could have an entire netbook? If the economy was better then maybe this will fly at $600 but who the hell pays that for a secondary laptop type device that isn’t Apple?
The dock price isn’t too bad considering it doubles the run time with the extra internal battery it contains and it’s considerably cheaper than the Atrix dock for comparison.
Though I agree that total price should be kept just below $500 when it comes to the states if they want it to sell well.
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