Asus Eee Pad Transformer Preview
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...
|Display: 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) LCD
10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant glass
CPU: NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
Unlimited ASUS Webstorage (trial, one year)
Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz
1.2MP Pixel Front Camera, 5MP Pixel Rear Camera
Audio: SRS Premium Sound Stereo Speakers
High Quality: Mic
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI 1.3a
1 x Card Reader (Micro SD)
Multi-Task Support : Yes
Flash Support : Yes
- ASUS Launcher
- File manager
- PC Sync
9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery *5
16 hours with dock *5
Dimensions: 271 x 171 x 12.98 mm
Mobile Docking Keyboard :
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.