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Asus launches the Eee Pad Transformer with 16-hour battery life and Android 3.0

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Asus launches the Eee Pad Transformer with 16-hour battery life and Android 3.0
At the last CES event, Asus showed off a quartet of new tablets, meant to compete with the iPad and the other Android leaders out there. Now one of those new tablets by Asus - the Eee Pad Transformer - has finally been made available for pre-order, with shipments starting as soon as March 30.

The most unique feature of the Eee Pad Transformer is its docking capability, which resembles that of the Motorola ATRIX 4G. But instead of the device plugging into a display/keyboard combo, the Eee Pad Transformer merely connects to a keyboard. That keyboard, we might add, boosts the tablet's battery life to an impressive 16 hours. The tablet alone has a battery life of 9.5 hours.

Beyond its novel keyboard/battery dock, the Eee Pad Transformer has a compelling set of specs. It is the first Asus device to feature Android 3.0, and run on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It also features a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 resolution screen, equal to that of the Motorola XOOM. The tablet has a 5MP rear-facing camera that shoots HD video, and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.

Included are features like Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, GPS, HDMI output, digital compass, 3.5mm headset jack, and accelerometer. You can also choose between 16GB and 32GB versions. There's no word on pricing, but a European retailer leaked a 399 ($565) pricetag. The Eee Pad Transformer is available for pre-order in Taiwan, will go on sale on March 30th in the U.K., and is expected in the U.S. some time in April.

source: ASUS via SlashGear

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posted on 26 Mar 2011, 17:04 5

1. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)

This is actually a really good idea. It gives the agility of a laptop when needed but the portability of a tablet when needed. Other tablets did this but it's the battery like that I'm like "fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff" at. I think I might get this. Like really I have clue why no one thought of having the keyboard extend the battery life sooner.

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 18:49 5

2. box (unregistered)

This is awesome.... I might actually get this instead of a laptop/netbook.... maybe....

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 20:03 3

3. omi (unregistered)

Like the people before me have been saying: That's a really great idea! I've been waiting to see which tablet I will buy until more options were on the market, but I had been leaning towards the XOOM. This seems like a XOOM with even more functionality, however, and would be a great alternative to replacing my dying laptop. I am really thinking about getting this! Great job, Asus!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 20:55 5

4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)

a tablet is only as good as the battery. Way to go Asus!!!

posted on 26 Mar 2011, 22:39 4

5. deelite (unregistered)

this is a excellent idea from asus!! really liked the concept. potential customer...

posted on 27 Mar 2011, 13:33 2

6. poseidon (unregistered)

this is a great idea, but they should put a hard disk in the keyboard part and than i would consider this over a laptop

posted on 29 Mar 2011, 19:44

8. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Asus does good stuff, this is a great way for them to enter the tablet market in style.

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