Its Friday the 25th of March that the Eee Pad Transformer from Asus will first be seen entering retail space. However, the Transformer tablet PC will kick off its commercial journey from Taiwan first with other countries to follow suit. The Transformer was first unveiled at the CES early in the year when it was announced the tablet would be launched in April. Now, for a change, we are going to be witness to a tablet actually getting launched before its scheduled time. This is a nice break from the usual convention of manufacturers’ tendency of pushing back their launch plans which has become more of a rule than an exception.
As for the tablet itself, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the Eee Pad Transformer. Like its the first tablet from Asus to come with a detachable keyboard. Then the Eee Pad Transformer is also the first Asus tablet to run the latest Android Honeycomb. (In fact, Asus has three Honeycomb tablets in the pipeline.) The tablet also packs in a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor along with a I GB RAM. Storage options with the Transformer comes in the form of a 16 GB and to 32 GB of flash memory.
Upfront will be a 10.1 inch capacitive multi touch display having a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Connectivity with the Transformer includes 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1 while the tablet also features a mini HDMI port, an audio jack, as well as a micro SD card slot.
However, while the launch date has been confirmed, Asus is yet to announce what the tablet will eventually cost. During CES, Asus had mentioned a $400 to $700 price tag for the tablet while the tablet has already been announced will cost $560 in Spain. The price though is for the tablet portion alone and is sans the keyboard dock. Once the keypad comes into the picture, the Transformer which gets transformed into a Android Honeycomb powered notebook will sure command a higher price tag.
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