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Android-powered device will support a detachable keyboard

We caught some early glimpses of ASUS' Eee Pad tablets back in December, which were then followed up by an official unveiling of four devices at CES. Now, one of those devices, the ASUS Transformer, is seeing the light of day -- ahead of schedule, no less.

Netbooknews reports that the Transformer will be released in Taiwan March 25, when pre-orders will begin at 8 a.m. 

The 10.1-inch, Android-powered tablet sports a Tegra 2 processor, 1 GB DDR2, and will come in both 16GB and 32GB storage capacities. What sets it apart from other tablets, though, is the detachable keyboard. 

ASUS will demonstrate how the keyboard will work with Android's Honeycomb OS on Friday. Meanwhile, the price has been figured at somewhere between $400 and $700. The Phonehouse in Spain is reportedly listing the Tranformer at 399€, or approximately $560, without the keyboard.


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Nice Name
By Supa on 3/21/2011 1:34:05 PM , Rating: 2
Cute ideas, and we wait for the price. If close to $400, I think they will do well.

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RE: Nice Name
By edge929 on 3/21/2011 2:04:16 PM , Rating: 3
I'm betting it will be $400 for the 512MB RAM/16GB and no keyboard version. Adding all the bells/whistles will be closer to $700.

Been holding off on all other pads for the ASUS versions.


RE: Nice Name
By seraphim1982 on 3/22/2011 1:30:11 PM , Rating: 2
I can tell you that the 32GB should be around 499 - 550


RE: Nice Name
By seraphim1982 on 3/22/2011 1:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
The dock also acts as a secondary battery.. giving another 8hrs of battery life.


RE: Nice Name
By quiksilvr on 3/21/2011 4:39:17 PM , Rating: 2
If they make it $399, they can very easily squash the XOOM from the market.


RE: Nice Name
By Supa on 3/21/2011 8:37:57 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, it looks like the price will be around $700.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150111908...

NT $21,201 ~ $715 USD


Consolation prize?
By chiadog on 3/21/2011 1:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
It was indicated earlier that EP121 will not be available in Taiwan*, so they are launching this ahead of schedule to satiate some demands? Sadly that people who need the extra utility of a Windows platform will not be satisfied with a mere Android/ARMS based machine.

*Rumor mill claims Asus is surprised by the EP121 reception and is reconsidering launching EP121 in TW and upping production.




RE: Consolation prize?
By damianrobertjones on 3/21/2011 4:36:31 PM , Rating: 2
I imported the EP121 into the UK from the U.S. and apart from the battery life, it is single handedly the best Tablet/Conv tablet I've used. HP 2740p, Acer 1820ptz, XT2, XT2, none of the them are as good.

Sure, my previous champion, the HP TC1100 still has a really good form factor, but the screen quality of the EP121 is superb.

Well done Asus.

P.s. Would be nice to have a much better battery!


RE: Consolation prize?
By riottime on 3/21/2011 11:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
i want an ep121 as well. except they're out of stock until mid april. :(

from all the videos and reviews i've seen, it blows away every android slates including ipad 2 and hp slate 500.

it has a wacom digitalizer with multi levels of pressure. it's like having an un-attached/mobile cintiq!

the only weak point i can find is it's not equipped with a sandy bridge i5 cpu. :(


RE: Consolation prize?
By Visual on 3/25/2011 6:42:06 AM , Rating: 2
Sandy Bridge ep121 is what I'm waiting for too.

The GPU improvements are the main thing I'm looking forward to, if it is anything like the desktop versions it might be comparable to the dedicated graphics of my tm2, that would be quite a hit.
I guess it should also improve battery life some.

But if a tm2 refresh with a decent screen or a lenovo x220 tablet with dedicated gpu comes earlier, I'll get that instead. Sorry ASUS, but I can't keep waiting for you forever.


RE: Consolation prize?
By chiadog on 3/22/2011 3:57:07 AM , Rating: 2
Although I have not had my monkey paws on this, this seems like THE tablet for me (64g/4g version). The Wacom digitizer + ability to run a real photo editing software = perfect tool for me to bring along with my camera. Checking and touching up photo in field. Sure it can use better battery life but... that's what car charger is for :)


Why not simple things??
By medys on 3/21/2011 4:43:00 PM , Rating: 2
Why not make a little, nice stand for the tablet and a simple wireless keyboard?? If you want it to be more high end integrate USB hub into the stand, or even some batery charging capabilities...




By damianrobertjones on 3/21/2011 5:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
Asus EP121. Comes with a bluetooth keyboard.


By damianrobertjones on 3/21/2011 4:37:30 PM , Rating: 3
Then include Apple, HP, Toshiba, Sony and all the others in that case.

(Stares at his Asus R2h thats still going after five years)


By Solandri on 3/21/2011 5:55:15 PM , Rating: 3
It's funny how a brand name can change perception. IIRC, Asus is the OEM which makes(made) many of the laptops for Apple, HP, and Dell. Probably others too.


By LordSojar on 3/21/2011 7:17:41 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Too bad there isn't a price to pay for consumer fraud and selling defective products. Some company CEOs would go to prison for a long, long time.


Wow, out of all the companies to post this about, you choose ASUS? Really?

I think you might want to go find an Apple hardware related post to spew this at... or maybe HP or Dell (Dell has improved, I might add)


By seraphim1982 on 3/22/2011 1:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
Most ignorant post ever....
Asus is an OEM that's been in the business just as long as some of these other guys. Remain top tier in reliability charts. In addition, they had to sell off their manufacturing division, due to a conflict of intrest... WHY?
Because they make MB for other OEMs, iphones, PS3.... shall I go on?

They have one of the best tablets on the market period.


By seraphim1982 on 3/22/2011 1:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
Most ignorant post ever....
Asus is an OEM that's been in the business just as long as some of these other guys. Remain top tier in reliability charts. In addition, they had to sell off their manufacturing division, due to a conflict of intrest... WHY?
Because they make MB for other OEMs, iphones, PS3.... shall I go on?

They have one of the best tablets on the market period.


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