The Asus Eee Pad Transformer
seems to be among the most successful Honeycomb tablets, luring consumers with its sub-$400 price tag. Riding the wave of its success, Asus chairman Jonney Shih said that the company is already working on an “impressive” sequel, possibly called the Asues Eee Pad Transformer 2
. Shih gave no details about the screen, price or launch date of the device, but the latest leaks from the supply chain reported by Digitimes focus around a launch this October
The Transformer 2 is expected to ship with Nvidia's quad-core Kal-El chip
powering the device, while on the software side speculations point to Android Ice Cream Sandwich running the show. Nvidia on its part has previously mentioned that its quad-core chip will be available in September.
Asus seems confident that it will announce new tablets even before the year ends: “We’re running so fast, we can’t wait until Consumer Electronics Show,” Shih added. We've already seen some of the company's ambitious projects like the Asus Padfone
and the Asus Eee Slider, but it's the Transformer that fuels the company's tablet ambitions
as it ships in more than 400,000 units monthly. The biggest hurdle for the company's hit keyboard dockable tablet is supply – Asus relied only on HannStar Display for the touch panels, which couldn't meet booming demand. Now, the company has added Wintek as the second touch panel provider for the tablet and targets 1 million shipped Transformers in the third quarter.