ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Announced, Handled On Video

After showing off the Eee Pad Transformer at CES, Mobile World Congress, and other shows, ASUS finally announced that it has launched the 10.1-inch  tablet and the optional keyboard dock that effectively turns it into an Android-powered notebook.. The unique device features a 1280 x 800 display with 10-finger touch support, a speedy Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and Android 3.0.

Though the device has Google’s Honeycomb OS (Android 3.0), ASUS has added a few neat software elements to enhance the standard Google experience on the Eee Pad Transformer. Among these are the ASUS Launcher which allows you to get to special ASUS apps with just a few taps and the ASUS Waveshare interface which contains the company’s MyNet, MyLibrary, and MyCloud apps. MyNet is a DLNA wireless streamer, MyLibrary provides a digital bookstore, and MyCloud allows you to remotely access your PC or Mac. ASUS also throws in a year of free, unlimited web storage with the device.

However, the real star of the show is the optional keyboard dock that makes the Eee Pad Transformer look more like a notebook than a tablet. When attached the keyboard gives the device more of a clamshell look and feel and it even has an attractive physical back button that makes navigating around the app more convenient.

In its global press release, ASUS did not announce pricing or exact ship dates for the Transform, but Netbook News reports that the 16GB slate will cost $14,900NT ($500 USD) in Taiwan with an extra $3000NT ($100 USD) for the keyboard dock. They’ve also heard that the slate will be priced at $400 in the U.S.

For a closer look at the Eee Pad Transformer and its software, check out Netbook News’ hands-on video below and their article.

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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. acupunc Says:

    Darn, I wish she would have used the mouse a bit in the video to see how it behaves with the device. I really like the setup of this tablet with the dock. I hope the full setup in the states will be ~$450.

    Also curious if those Asus specific apps can be removed. From what I’ve read about Honeycomb UI changes aren’t allowed so I’m thinking they are just added widgets and apps. . . I hope.

  2. FenceSitter Says:

    People need to quit with the Ipod comparison. These are not media devices, they are touch computers optimized for media use. Unfortunately Apple is only starting to realize this. The Android Honeycomb developers get it and you’ll start seeing adoption of that OS as more tablets (like this one) come out with Android. So far, those who spend time with Honeycomb really appreciate the evolution despite some complaints about the more complicated UI. Apple will have to play catchup as far as OS capabilities, while Android will have to play catchup with apps and UI simplicity.

    These tablets ultimately will replace laptops, it’s only a matter of time. They’re more fun, more intuitive to use, and much more portable. With innovations like the Asus Transformer the gap is bridged that much quicker. Even though I’m definitely getting the Ipad 2 (as soon as I don’t have to get in line at 5am!!), I’m very much tempted to also pick up this little Asus tablet for myself to compare the two.

    All in all, the tablet world is starting to get very exciting. Silly “Apple’s got this in the bag” comments will get put up on the stupid shelf along with everything else.

  3. Techy Says:

    FenceSitter: Don’t say tablets with replace PC when you example is a freakin PC itself.

    2011 the year of the tablets is my least favorite year because instead of making the apps and interface (i.e. file management) more better suited to doing work on, they’re doing the exact opposite and trying to adapt the tablet to the PC. All they’re going to end up, is exactly what they want to avoided, a laptop that just so happens be touch-screen, woohoo for innovation. LaptopMag even did a article saying how tablets suck to do real work on. Honestly people, wake up and lay off the Apples.

  4. FenceSitter Says:

    I specifically said laptop, not PC. I think desktops may continue to have a place for a while for their raw processing power.

    What defines “work” exactly? Most of the work that computers provide are aids in communication and coordination. While powerful personal computers may have had their day in the sun for the last couple decades, the PC is transforming into sort of a super-console. It is more often a client that interacts with a server, with the servers doing most of the heavy lifting. More and more “work” is hosted remotely while users do the work via a web client or a custom client for the particular application. Even video games like World of Warcraft are based on this model, with the PC as a beefy client to an uber-beefy server side game environment.

    Unless there is some heavy data processing, or design work to be done (i.e. CAD, video processing, complex calculations with large data sets, etc) for most people the actual “work” that their personal computers provide are a) behaving as a client interface to servers that do the real work and data storage b) information sharing c) coordinating activities. All of those activities are quite suited to the tablet, it just depends on how good your client application is.

    What the tablets have done is change the game by simplifying the interface, changing interactions with data to be more human friendly (we have been messing around with a mouse for over 3 decades, it is time for it to go extinct) and provide a much more portable computer than laptops with their razor thin profiles. There are certainly some limitations because the technology is just now getting (re)started, and is in a process of rapid evolution as people start to wrap their brains around what it all means.

    Which is all to say again…..the year of the tablet is very exciting!! !

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