Asus' Eee Pad Transformer is rather unique in the world of tablets, not only because it docks into a keyboard with a built-in battery and touchpad, but also because the base tablet starts at only $399. Coming in at $100 less than the iPad was a smart move, and it's surely had a hand in the Transformer's popularity. Asus has reportedly shipped over a million Transformers since the slate's launch this summer—and that's with the Japanese tsunami slowing initial production.
For the Transformer's encore, Asus looks set to tap Kal-El, Nvidia's next-generation Tegra system-on-chip. Don't expect this puppy to ring up cheaper than an iPad, though. DigiTimes says Asus head Jerry Shen has confirmed that the new Transformer will start at $499.
The fact that the Transformer cost quite a bit less than all the other slates was a big motivating factor in my own purchase of the device, so I'm a little disappointed to learn that Asus will be charging more for the sequel. That said, the second-gen Transformer's processor upgrade is surely worth a premium over tablets based on the current Tegra 2 SoC. The Transformer should also retain its display resolution advantage over the iPad.
One thing that will have to be addressed is the Transformer's comparatively portly frame. The thing is hardly unwieldy, but the latest iPad and Galaxy tab are noticeably thinner and lighter.
|Samsung's Portable SSD T3 reviewed||7|
|TR BBQ Day Shortbread||20|
|Watch the "second-10th" TR BBQ live in 360 degrees right now||10|
|G.Skill hooks up the TR BBQ with some giveaway goodies||11|
|We threw a Minecraft party to test Samsung's Gear VR headset||9|
|Deals of the week: cheap solid-state storage and more||22|
|Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 480 hot-rods Polaris 10||62|
|AMD gets back in the black with its second-quarter financials||42|
|Nvidia unveils a Pascal-powered Titan X with 11 TFLOPS on tap||189|
|I'll...just review the thin air on my desk where a GTX 1060 would fit, since that's what we have.||+116|