Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview - HotHardware

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet is one of the more interesting Android tablets on the market in that it has a keyboard docking station that essentially allows it to convert to an Android 3.0 Honeycomb-based netbook on the fly. Add to that a powerful dual core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and a reasonable MSRP of $399 (just the tablet, 16GB version) and the Transformer looks to be one of the best options currently in Honeycomb tablets, for WiFi only solutions. 

The Transformer has dual front and rear facing cameras (1.2MP and 5MP respectively), 1GB of on board memory, mini-HDMI output, a microSD card slot and a head phone/mic combo jack.  Drop it into it's $150 keyboard dock and you pick up a full-sized flash card reader slot, a pair of USB ports and of course keyboard and trackpad functionality.  It's a total ultra-portable computing solution as a result, which makes the Transformer unique versus other Honeycomb-based tablets currently.

We're prepping a full, detailed performance review here in the coming days but we thought it would be nice to offer a teaser with our video review and a cut from the benchmark suite of test numbers we're running.  Let's have a look...
 

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Table
Specifications & Features
Display:  10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) LCD
10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant glass

CPU:
  NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2

Memory: 
   1GB

Storage:
  16GB/32GB
Unlimited ASUS Webstorage (trial, one year)

Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz

Bluetooth V2.1+EDR

Camera:
1.2MP Pixel Front Camera, 5MP Pixel Rear Camera


Audio:
SRS Premium Sound Stereo Speakers

High Quality:
Mic

Interfaces:

1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI 1.3a
1 x Card Reader (Micro SD)
Sensors:
G-Sensor
Light Sensor
Gyroscope
E-Compass
GPS

Multi-Task Support :
Yes
Flash Support :
Yes

Software :

- ASUS Launcher
- MyLibrary
- MyNet
- MyCloud*4
- File manager
- PC Sync

Battery:
9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery *5

16 hours with dock *5

Dimensions:
271 x 171 x 12.98 mm
Weight:
680g/1.499lbs.

Mobile Docking Keyboard
:
Touch Pad
2 x USB 2.0
2 x Docking port (Host + Client)
1 x Card Reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
1 x 24.4Wh Battery

 

 



The 32GB version of the Asus Transformer is weighing in at $499, while the 16GB version has a $399 MSRP.  Motorola's Xoom is available in a WiFi-only version with 32GB of storage for $599 currently. This put the new Asus Honeycomb slate at a $100 cost advantage over Motorola's, with nearly identical platform specs (Tegra 2 and 1G of system memory).

Performance-wise, though we haven't scoped out the Transformer yet from all angles, our initial take is that Asus has also tweaked their tablet for optimal performance, as you can see here in the An3DBench XL test we ran.  Despite being built on the same NVIDIA Tegra 2 platform with 1GB of RAM, both the Transformer and ViewSonic gTablet slightly outpace the Xoom in this 3D graphics and gaming test.  Our initial testing with Linpack for Android shows similar results as well.

Stay tuned in the weeks ahead and we'll bring you a full report from the Tablet Test Track.

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Great preview Dave, looking forward to the full review. I really like the power button on this, the xooms power button is in a terrible place. I keep feeling around for it and when I do I end up getting fingerprints on the rear camera. In my opinion this is the honeycomb tablet to have right now and the keyboard dock is awesome. You can use it for email and web surfing and then detach it to play games. I was surprised to hear about the bleeding around the screen though, the other reviews of this tablet said it was a better screen than the xoom.

Also did you have honeycomb freeze at all? the xoom freezes every once in a while, not sure if it is one of the apps I have installed or what.

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Yes, the backlight bleed is pretty obvious in spots, depending on ambient lighting and how high you have the brightness turned up. It's not a deal break but it's noticeable at times that's all. Other than that, the screen is really nice actually.

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And no, no issues with Honeycomb lock-ups yet.

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I've been waiting for this for a while, I can't wait for the full review. I ordered one online, hopefully I can get it within a couple of weeks.

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the tablet comes with 16gbs if you add the laptop dock does it have more storage

sorry i don't know any thing about tablets

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I agree I am definitely looking forward to the full review of this machine. I also believe that this seems to be the tablet to have currently.

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I'm not too thrilled about the connector used. Sure ASUS _maybe_ needed one for it's dock (although I think USB would still work) but why not have both? Soon there will be micro-usb cables and chargers everywhere so it's a shame having to think every time about bringing that specific cable to charge your tablet.

In your review please try to inform us a bit about software for productivity. If a device like this, with the dock, can be as productive and useful as netbook it can get really interesting.

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cant wait for the review!

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"WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz "

If that is correct, that sucks. 802.11N over 2.4Ghz nearly uses the entire 2.4Ghz Spectrum, which means you're much more likely to have interference.

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Zero interference so far in testing.

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