The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the more interesting tablets we’ve seen since the iPad kick-started Tablet-mania last year. Already available in the United Kingdom, Asus has yet to set a release date and reveal pricing for the US market. However, it seems we won’t have to wait much longer for the device.
Former Engadget editor Joanna Stern cites an Asus source that says the 16GB, WiFi version of the Transformer will be hitting Best Buy and other retailers by the end of April. Carrying a price of $399, the Transformer’s separate keyboard dock is said to cost $149. It’s likely Asus will offer a keyboard+tablet bundle at a discounted price when the Transformer launches in the United States. The same model in the UK costs £379. Bundled with the keyboard dock, you’re looking at £429. European pricing puts the 16GB at €399, with the tablet and keyboard together costing €499. The 32GB version costs €499, or €599 with the keyboard.
The Transformer boasts a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, a 10.1-inch Gorilla glass multitouch display (1280x800), a combined battery life of 16 hours (9.5 hours without the dock), built-in SRS Sound technology for dynamic 3D stereo audio, and a mini HDMI output port. Additional features include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass and GPS. The docking station provides a full QWERTY keyboard, unique Android Function keys, an SD card reader, two USB ports and the additional battery.