The Asus Eee Pad Transformer was one of those tablet PCs that was all set to go at a time when the operating system it was to be based on – Android 3.0 Honeycomb was being provided the finishing touches. The Transformer was also their for public viewing at the CES held in January though it was then seen running a version of Android with a custom user interface on top of it.
However, now that Google has launched the Honeycomb – the first tablet oriented operating system ever to be built, Asus did the right thing by letting Honeycomb taking over the Transformer. And one of those Eee Pad Transformers is there to be witnessed first hand at the ongoing CeBIT event in Germany. Back at the CES, Asus had promised such a move. Well, its another event that the tech world is focused at right now and its always good to see promises being kept.
As for the tablet itself, the Eee Pad Transformer is one interesting tablet to look forward to. Much of that owes to its unique form factor that allows it to dock into a station that includes an attached keyboard as well as a separate battery integrated into it. This allows the tablet to get ‘transformed’ into a laptop, and hence the name. The additional battery also adds to the tablet’s own 10 hours of run time by another at least 10 hours.
The rest of the spec story for the Eee Pad Transformer is impressive too in the form of a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM with up to 64 GB of flash storage. The 10 inch IPS display with capacitive touch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The Transformer also features Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS with 3G modem as an option along with a USB port, a mini HDMI out as well as a micro SD card slot. The tablet tips the scales at around 1.5 pounds.
However, Asus is yet to reveal when we can expect to see the Transfer becoming a market reality or what it will be priced once its enters markets.