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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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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 :)


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