Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 coming

Will be powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor
Leanne Yip

August 4, 2011

Asus has already experienced a big success with its first tablet PC the Transformer, which has been a fast-selling tablet, in fact only beaten out by the iPad 2.

Because of its diversity as a tablet and a hybrid netbook, the device is very practical and was critically acclaimed upon release.

The option to bolt on a full-sized keyboard was a welcome one, and also increased the battery life of the device significantly. Not to mention making for a far more comfortable typing experience than tapping a virtual on-screen keyboard.

This unique feature has been very popular, so Asus has decided to create a second generation Transformer that incorporates the same ideas but with the processor updated: from an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor to a Tegra 3 quad-core processor.

This should give the Transformer 2 an impressive speed boost over the original.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer was also criticised when it came to playing HD video in some quarters, so the second-gen slate should be able to hand playback more smoothly with the new, more powerful engine.

There has been no update yet on the price of the device, however the first Transformer definitely gained recognition not just for its keyboard, but also its reasonable price. Namely £380-£429 with the dock, the exact price dependent on internal memory.

Therefore hopefully Asus will stick with its price point range, keeping it an affordable tablet.

There may well be more upgrades packaged with the Transformer 2 that have yet to be revealed, but time will tell.

Asus chairman Jonney Shih claimed that the Transformer 2 will be “impressive”, and it has been suggested that this tablet could be arriving as soon as October.






 

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