Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 Gets a Price Tag, Release Date Looms Closer – Is This the First Quad-Core Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet?

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Have you always wanted that perfect combo of tablet and laptop? Well hang in there, because Asus may have finally cracked the code. With detachable keyboard and all, this might be the perfect fit for users on the go that still want that incredible power and access to a nifty keyboard for some content creation on the move.

There is not much detail surrounding this device yet, but that doesn’t mean we have not heard credible rumors. Here are some of the best rumors and the ones we are most confident about:

  • Ice Cream Sandwich?
  • Kal-El Quad-Core Processor
  • Connecting Keyboard (Hence “Transformer”)
  • $499 Price-Tag
  • Estimated 2 Million+ of original Asus Transformer sold in 2011
  • The release date will be in time for the holidays – so before the end of 2011
  • 16/32GB Internal Storage
  • 1GB memory
  • 5MP+ Rear-Camera
  • 720p+ Video Capture
  • No word on keyboard dock compatibility from previous Transformer, but it’s likely.
  • November 7 European debut is looking likely
The Asus Slider (left) next to its kin, the Transformer (right)

The Asus Slider (left) next to its kin, the Transformer (right)

Wrap-Up

In general, due to the recent release of the Kindle Fire Tablet, the $499 price-tag comes off as a bit pricy. However, packing what is expected to be the first Kal-El Quad-Core Processor and the ability to attach a full keyboard, $499 is not looking too bad anymore. Furthermore, the Original Asus Eee Pad Transformer lasted a ridiculous 9.5 hours by itself and an even more un-fathomable 16 hours when docked to the keyboard. Additionally, you could see the Transformer 2 going above and beyond those numbers now that it will be packing the Kal-El Quad and possibly Ice-Cream Sandwich.

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After reading all that this super-tab has to offer, the price tag does not look that bad. However, to get the full keyboard, Asus is making customers cough up another $100-$150. Now, that does not sound that bad for a tablet and laptop together along with a Quad-Core.

We had reported earlier that Transformer 2 could be debuted as early as the end of October, and with other quad core Tegra 3 tablets already coming into the public sphere from lower tier manufacturer ZTE, we think that this date could still potentially pan out. That being said, we think it’s likelier that Asus will begin shipping the Transformer 2 sometime closer to the middle of November, in time for the holidays. CEO of ASUS, Jerry Shen, said to Digitimes, that the Transformer 2 is due to be outed soon, and will land with Ice Cream Sandwich. Furthermore, he also went public with the pricing a few days ago, and the company is still enjoying considerable success with their original Transfomer.

What do you think?

Via Digitimes

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