Almost four weeks after beginning shipments of its Eee Pad Transformer, Asus has announced that the Android 3.0-powered tablet will be hitting North American store shelves on April 26—that's next Tuesday. Asus formally announced the North American launch on its website, but all of the dirty details, including pricing, can be found on the firm's Facebook page.
That page says the Eee Pad Transformer will be available in two variants: the TF101-A1, which will have 16GB of storage capacity and a $399 asking price, and the TF101-B1, which will double that capacity for an extra $100. We finally know how much Asus will charge for that optional keyboard dock, too: $149.
You'll be able to purchase the device (and hopefully the accompanying dock) from a wide variety of retailers. Asus mentions not just the usual online suspects like Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect, and Buy.com, but also Walmart.com, Sears.com, and Staples. North of the border, the Transformer will be sold by NCIX, Staples, Canada Computers, and a couple of other vendors.
I've gotta say, $548 for the slate and dock doesn't sound half bad. Apple's base iPad 2 costs $499, but it lacks input devices other than the touch-screen, and unlike the Transformer, it doesn't feature an HDMI output and a micro-SD card reader out of the box.
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