Quad-core Asus Transformer 2 may be released November 7th

Quad-core Asus Transformer 2 may be released November 7th
The last time we heard about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 it was because Asus was confirming that it is set on pricing the upcoming tablet at $500, and that is some pretty good news. But, in light of some possible new developments, that price may be even more impressive. Asus CEO Jerry Shen had also said that the company is planning to release the tablet before the end of the year, and that looks to be confirmed by UK retailer LambdaTek. 

LambdaTek has posted a listing for the Transformer 2 on its website as model TF201-1I020A with a release date of November 7th, which would certainly hit the release window that Asus mentioned. The posting also has a list price of £448, which is in the range that a $500 tablet might be listed in the UK. The listing even gives specs including a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 32GB storage, 1GB RAM, and Android Honeycomb (3.x). 

It seems a bit crazy that we wouldn't have seen more leaks about a tablet of this magnitude, especially if it's supposed to be released in less than a month, but that would definitely be a very nice surprise. 

source: LambdaTek via BGR



1. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Quadcore is not yet optimized for the apps, so I don't think it will make a huge difference just yet, only better internet browsing.

8. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Android Ice Cream Sandwich is expected to be optimized for multiple cores, so devs should be getting on board with optimization too.

11. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

So are honeycomb tablets supposed to be upgraded to ICS as well, or is ICS just for phones?

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Ics is supposed to unite both phones and tabs (and TV) so yes

15. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

ICS is for phones, tablets and Google TV

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

one sandwich to rule them all!!! :) they are taking the iOS route and having the same OS on every system.. thankfully though, its android and muuuch more functional. :)

12. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

There are already some quad core apps (mostly games) and if ics supports multiple cores will be covered, and the tegra looks insane to me

2. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

One day rumors 'll kill me :D. As old owner of TF-101 I am very interested to see the performances gap between Tegra 2 to 3

16. Mario1017

Posts: 336; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBvaDtshLY8 towards the end they show the difference of the game running on 2 cores vs 4

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1824; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yes a little early as far as apps considering apps nowadays barely use dual core but had a 500 dollar price tag that is a pretty good deal. What bothers me more about the apse not dealing with quad core is the comp onen not really working well with each other. A phoner tablet can have the greatest components in the world but if there is a choke point then there's no use to have a lot of those good components. Like with this new quad core processor what good is it unless it has more ram and better ram. There is ever areas that need to match as well but the most important part I think is the battery technology which is 1 of them more major choke points in a smartphone.

4. Matty

Posts: 15; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I think its best to wait on a ICS tablet that may be released around the same time frame or slightly later. I'm pretty sure this wont get updated for at least a month or 2 after its release and I'm fairly confident and it would be logical to assume Google will release an ICS sandwich tablet soon to show off the unified UI and android version.

5. Hi unregistered

It should come with 2GB of RAM

6. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i might get this.

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1824; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Actually if I remember right the reason for this quad core is to split up the power between the 2 there is 1 that handles the high power any other side clocked a little lower that saves battery life and run stuff to do not need a higher frequency processor. Just in case you can tell about my misspellings all of this is done through voice recognition on my bionic and there is a lot of background noise

9. AppleFUD unregistered

The Tegra 3 isn't a big price bump if any at all. The chips are only about $20. That's not a reason for a price bump especially on a second gen which we should be seeing overall saving of parts--decreased price on capacitive touch screens and memory, the two main costs of tablets. The nice thing about getting the Tegra 3 is, it will be a tablet/SoC that will have a pretty long life.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

The cheap transformer had 16GB the 32 was around that price, but I think getting rid of the16 gb one is a bad idea

10. cheetah2k

Posts: 2275; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Amazing that Asus seems to be onboard first with Quad Cores... What happened to Motorola being the flagship Google tab...??

17. Tom unregistered

The price is actually closer to £530 as the listing is minus VAT - ouch!

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