Asus Eee Pad Transformer said to be coming for $399 by the end of April
This is in accordance with a previous information we reported - that Best Buy and Newegg briefly listed the Asus tab for the same price, only to remove it from their sites a few hours later. Now, citing an Asus contact, tech-blogger Joanna Stern says the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer is to be available stateside by the end of April.
This is great news as there is not much difference spec-wise (and these are some really, really good specs) between this tab, the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 and the Motorola XOOM, as they all pack a 10.1-inch screen with 800 x 1280 resolution, 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1024MB of RAM, two cameras and the tablet-optimized Android 3.0. There is a difference in the price of these devices though, as the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 costs $500 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version, while the better known Motorola XOOM is priced at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi version.
The amount of money it costs aside, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has one (potential) advantage over its rivals - you can buy a $149 keyboard dock designed for the tab, which not only turns your Asus Eee Pad Transformer into something that closely resembles a laptop, but also extends its battery life to the impressive 16 hours. Sweet.
source: Joanna Stern's Blog via Electronista
1. MrKNOWitALL (unregistered)
if they make it $319-$349, I'll get 2
2. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Correction Best Buy's Website shows the Acer at $449.
3. AppleFUD (unregistered)
By far the best form factor for a tablet/netbook hybrid. However, they didn't bother to put a usb port on the tablet, only on the dock. No word on how easy the batteries are to replace. And finally, like all Android OEMs Asus hasn't given any information on how long or how frequently they will update/upgrade Android--this is the big downfall for Android, no one is taking responsibility for OS support. At least with Windows and even Apple you know you will have support for a few years.
6. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)
I personally could care less about the replaceable battery. If I'm right its fucking honeycomb on a tablet for 399... thats pretty sweet if I were to buy a tablet this might just be it. I just hope they do a good job advertising it so it can really do well!
9. remixfa (Posts: 14169; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
since honeycomb is only allowed very limited customizations, updates should come pretty uniformly to all honeycomb devices.. especially since this first crop are all the exact same tablet with slightly different features.
4. kensei (Posts: 7; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)
I can so see my mates sticking Autobot or Decepticon stickers on the back of this
5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I wonder if will support SD card and HDMI
tough decision between my second favorite laptop company 'Asus' and my second favorite smartphone company 'Motorola' Eee Pad Transformer Vs XOOM, I'll have money to buy either by the end of april... some recommendations? sure hope phonearena has a review up by then and Eee pad as stock android
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This tablet looks sweet, the 1st one that seems competitive in both specs and price to a netbook. Makes me really ponder getting one.
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I want to get a dev tab and this one is on the sweet pot :D