Want an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer? If you answered yes, it looks like you weren't the only one; according to ASUS, a combination of "unprecedented demand" and the requirement to do unspecified "additional testing" has meant that the first UK batches of the Honeycomb tablet have sold out. What impact that will have on the US launch remains to be seen.
Of ASUS' recent tablet announcements, it's the Eee Pad Transformer that has caught most attention here at SlashGear; still, there's the Eee Pad Slider waiting in the wings as well. According to an Intel spec sheet - since pulled - spotted by Liliputing, however, the Slider may be coming in two forms: the Tegra 2 version we've already seen, and a model using Intel's Atom Oak Trail CPUs.
Motorola's XOOM had its chance to sweep the Android 3.0 Honeycomb market; now the low-cost slates from Taiwan are here to steal its thunder. Acer has priced its 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 tablet this morning at an iPad 2 undercutting $450, while the eagle-eyed spotted ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer at a mere $400 last month before the listings were pulled. Both are expected to hit the US later in April, but how do they compare?
ASUS had already revealed the Eee Pad Transformer, priced it, and let us get our filthy mitts on it, so the only thing left is the official product page. That's now online, complete with all the hardware details you might need along with a comprehensive run-down of the software ASUS will be pre-installing onto the convertible Android tablet.
ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer shot from me-too tablet to potential must-have slate earlier this week, as the company showed what it could achieve by thinking a little laterally from the omnipresent iPad. In a second video from the Eee Pad Transformer launch event, the Android tablet's custom app suite gets a walkthrough, complete with remote desktop support allowing you to bring your PC or Mac homescreen on the move.
After having looked at this lovely new Android tablet in person yesterday, it connecting nicely to its keyboard bottom and hosting a nearly final build of Android 3.0 Honeycomb, we're quite excited to see it popping on on Best Buy for a mere $400. One of the contention points for recent Android tablet announcements has indeed been the price, prices inevitably compared to Apple's $500 wifi-only iPad trumping most of the competition, but here we've got a possible price competitor!
If you'd asked us yesterday which Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet we were most excited about, we'd probably have said Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1, or maybe its smaller 8.9 sibling. Now we're not so sure. SlashGear caught up with ASUS today for the official launch of the Eee Pad Transformer, the company's 10.1-inch Tegra 2 tablet that can be optionally paired with a detachable, battery-toting keyboard dock. Announced back at CES 2011, and promptly lost amid the flurry of similar slates, it turns out that ASUS could well have a winner on its hands. Read on for our first-impressions.
ASUS has confirmed availability and pricing of the Eee Pad Transformer and the Eee Slate EP121, the company's two new tablets. The Tegra 2 based Android 3.0 Honeycomb Transformer will drop on April 6 - pre-orders will kick off today - priced at £379 ($608) for the 16GB version and £429 ($688) for the 32GB version. Throwing in the optional keyboard - which also has an integrated battery that boosts runtimes to 16hrs - bumps the 16GB model to £429. A 3G model will follow on in around two months time.
ASUS has officially launched its first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, a 10.1-inch slate promising up to 16hrs runtime when used with the battery-toting keyboard dock. Running Honeycomb on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor and fronted by a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 IPS touchscreen display, the Transformer has a pair of cameras and optional 3G connectivity.