Speaking at the AsiaD conference earlier today, Asus’ chairman Jonney Shih laid out the company’s plans for ultrabooks and tablets for the next few months. After showing off the oh-so shiny Zenbook UX31, Shih pulled out yet another goody from his briefcase: the elusive EEE Pad Transformer 2. Shih noted that the tablet market, and in particular Android, will be a big part of the company’s mobile strategy for the coming year.
We’ve known for some time that the Transformer 2 is coming, and Asus seems delighted to tease consumers with the successor to one of the most well-received Android Honeycomb tablets. Earlier today we saw a promotional video showing of “the next transformation“. Shih confirmed that the Transformer 2 will be using a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, and that the device is an impressively thin 8.3mm. Asus will officially announce the tablet on November 9th. Unfortunately there’s no confirmation on whether or not it’s running Ice Cream Sandwich, but Shih teased that we might see Asus tablets using the latest version of Android before the end of the year.
Shih also spoke on Asus’ PadPhone concept device, a smartphone with a dockable tablet that we’ve heard far too little on since it was shown off in March. The smartphone/tablet hybrid device is currently being tested by carriers (he didn’t say which) and should be ready for a wide release early next year. And yes, the PadPhone will run Ice Cream Sandwich, which is designed to handle phone and tablet duties with equal vigor.
Check out SlashGear’s hands-on coverage of Ice Cream Sandwich for a sneak peek at the upcoming OS:
Android Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on
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