Asus Introduces Two-Part Eee Pad Transformer Tablet

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What's the next major step in mobility? Having a tablet to go, and then a snap-on keyboard for situations where you need to input a lot more text than is easily inputable on a tablet. Asus has you covered in that area, with the introduction of the Eee Pad Transformer. It's an interesting name for an interesting product, and it may be the next real revolution of the netbook. The Transformer is based around Android 3.0, and combined with the optional expandable keyboard docking station, you've got an Android 3.0 netbook.

The machine is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and features an IPS panel (using Corning's Gorilla Glass), 178 degree viewing angles, a 10.1" display, 1280x800 screen resolution, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP rear camera that shoots/records HD video. The whole thing weighs 1.49lbs., and there's a mini-HDMI port, a touchpad, 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports, and a built-in SD card slot. The standard tablet battery life is around 9.5 hours, and if you pop it into the keyboard dock, that can scale up to 16 hours.

On the software side, Android 3.0 will offer Flash 10.2, while Asus' Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications such as MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud and more. There isn't a price or release date right now, but we definitely hope it's reasonable. Yeah, we want one!

ASUS Introduces the Eee Pad Transformer

-- Innovation meets Versatility as ASUS launches the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet
with a unique expandable keyboard docking station --

Fremont, CA (March 25, 2011) - ASUS is excited to announce the launch* of the Eee Pad Transformer, the best tablet choice for users looking for media consumption and mobile productivity in an elegant yet versatile design. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer features the powerful and responsive Android 3.0 operating system, an optional expandable keyboard docking station, and ASUS’ intuitive Waveshare user interface that results in an exciting portable tablet for content creation, social communication, high-definition media playback and smooth realistic game play.

Exciting mini-cinema entertainment on-the-go
Powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 dual-core processor, the Transformer browses the web at blazing speeds, providing snappier response times and excellent multi-tasking performance. An IPS (in-plane switching) Panel made from durable and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass is viewable at angles up to 178°, perfect for sharing your favorite photos, web pages, work documents and more with co-workers, friends or family next you or across the room. The 10.1” IPS panel features LED backlighting that provides brilliant and vivid colors at a 1280x800 resolution, perfect for viewing high-definition movies and other media content.

Built-in SRS Sound technology provides a dynamic 3D stereo audio experience, with maximum bass response and a wide sound field from the discrete speakers housed in a thin 0.51” thick chassis that only weighs 1.49lbs. A 1.2MP front-facing camera is perfect for video conferencing while the rear-facing 5MP camera can shoot and record HD video, which can be played back on HDTVs via the mini HDMI output port, making the Eee Pad Transformer a true mobile entertainment device.

Transform from pad to notebook mode with optional keyboard docking station
The Transformer sets itself apart from other tablets on the market by featuring an optional docking station. This unique docking station provides access to a full QWERTY keyboard along with unique Android Function keys, instantly turning the Transformer into a mobile content creation device.

A touchpad, 3.5mm audio jack, two USB ports as well as a built-in SD Card reader for easy file sharing and storage expandability makes the Transformer a versatile media hub. The docking station also extends the Transformer’s 9.5 hours** of battery life up to 16 hours**, so users can use it all day for work or play. In addition, the ultra-convenient ASUS WebStorage* with one year of unlimited storage space provides worry-free cloud computing.

Android 3.0 OS melds with ASUS’ Waveshare UI for a unique user experience
Google’s Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) is a revolutionary operating system specially designed and optimized for tablets, which enables users a rich web experience for on-the-go web browsing, social media activities, video playback and casual gaming. Supporting Adobe® Flash® 10.2*** and the ever growing Android Market, media entertainment is just a finger swipe away. The convenient ASUS Launcher also allows users to easily launch software, manage content and access online services and connect devices with a few simple taps, while ASUS’ Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications* such as MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud and more.

MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly within home network devices so HD videos or music can be played on devices such as an HDTV or desktop PCs for an even better experience from the Transformer. MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines and newspapers in to one easy to browse profile while MyCloud is a total cloud solution, providing access to digital content such as music, videos and files from the cloud anywhere, anytime. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control any PC or Mac system and access applications or files to extend the versatility of the Eee Pad Transformer experience. 
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omegadraco replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 11:09 AM

This looks like an educators dream.

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If priced right they might have a great selling product. It will be interesting to see how the 3g module works and who will offer its service.

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I agree, it would be perfect for a student. Everyone says the ipad is the perfect learning tool but how does one write a term paper on a tablet? A lot of the other tablets are coming out with bluetooth keyboards but this is really cool how it folds up like a laptop and has the ability to be removed completely. I was drooling over this during CES, I hope they price it right!

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HHGrrl replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 12:55 PM

Looks pretty cool. Reminds me of the IdeaPad from Lenovo that was shown at CES. Loved that one too! Should be great for students. I can also see business travelers using this.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 1:08 PM

Is this the one we saw at CES? I remember there being a slate that was setup similar to this (display/ removable keyboard). Either way the concept is nice, the components seem to be good, and it looks useful so it is a good concept. One thing about the slates that I wonder about is how the interaction works all being touch based, of course a slate is holdable though so this requires a prop for the display.

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herlof replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 7:28 PM

my wife love this one, i like it better than ipad

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herlof replied on Fri, Mar 25 2011 7:29 PM

my wife love this one , i like because is better than ipad

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