Asus confirms Transformer 2 will cost $499

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.

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    • internetsandman
    • 8 years ago

    What are the odds it’ll be compatible with the same keyboard dock, so anyone who feels the need to upgrade from their old Transformer can keep the dock and not have to shell out even more money?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]That said, the second-gen Transformer's processor upgrade is surely worth a premium over tablets based on the current Tegra 2 SoC.[/quote<] It would be if it were released at the same time and competing directly with the original Transformer. Otherwise Moore's Law or whatever other advancements that make the same or better technology cheaper over time ought to keep the price roughly the same.

    • tbone8ty
    • 8 years ago

    yeah ill have to wait and see about how it performs/looks/battery life/ how much keyboard dock is etc….

    the llano powered Asus laptop that TechReport just reviewed looks more enticing for that kind of dough.

    4 x86 cores and a gpu that can play Portal at 40-60fps + win7 seems like a better proposition for my money.

    though if u want touch/tablet the transformer 2 will be awesome with kal-el i can imagine they will sell alot.

    asus needs a commercial during football season! lol

    • druidcent
    • 8 years ago

    Are there specs anywhere for the Transformer 2? Is it possible that they’ve slimmed down the chassis to match Samsung and Apple? Or maybe they don’t want to be sued by Apple for looking similar?

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      Its got a touchscreen and a processor, so apple will likely try and sue for being too similar to the ipad if they feel threatened by it.

        • Sahrin
        • 8 years ago

        [quote<]It's [s<]got a touchscreen and a processor[/s<] [s<]got a dock connector[/s<] [s<]got a power button[/s<] a computer at all, so apple will likely try and sue for being too similar to the ipad if they feel threatened by it.[/quote<] FTFY

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    I’m sure that the Transformer 2 will drop to $400 in no time at all when the iPad 3 with RetinaXD+ (Higher than HD) and A6 CPU’s with truly console-like GPU performance shows up for that same $499 in January.

    This is the very definition of madness. To keep repeating the same mistake again and again, hoping that the next time things will be different. Amazon Kindle Fire will probably make them reevaluate the tablet market just as Apple iPad made so many companies reevaluate the netbook impact on the market.

    In time, they’ll realize that the race to the top is a battle already won by Apple. It’s the slide down to the bottom that can still be won by companies that aren’t Apple.

      • SPOOFE
      • 8 years ago

      What “mistake” is being repeated?

        • Farting Bob
        • 8 years ago

        The mistake at selling your device at a profit i presume.

      • Deanjo
      • 8 years ago

      I would hope that Kal-El would at least match the performance of the A5 and I agree with you it seems that all of the iPad competitors are at least one generation behind. Tom’s did another tegra 2 vs a5 comparison recently and it showed that again the A5 has no real competition yet, let alone the upcoming A6.

    • sschaem
    • 8 years ago

    $499 + 30% of the android market app revenue.? not bad for asus.

    If those devices are subsidized by developers and owners those tablets should be sold at cost, $260 ?

      • dpaus
      • 8 years ago

      I’m sorry, did you say ‘Kindle Fire’??

        • willmore
        • 8 years ago

        I thought he said Apple….

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      30% of the app revenue doesn’t go to Asus, it goes to Google.

    • DancinJack
    • 8 years ago

    That stinks. Probably won’t be able to find a Kal-El tablet from any manufacturer for under 500 bucks now. That is just a little too much for a wi-fi only tablet.

      • khands
      • 8 years ago

      I see them dropping price as soon as other Kal-El tablets start to emerge. They’re probably just milking being the first to market with it, as they should.

      • A_Pickle
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]That is just a little too much for a wi-fi only tablet.[/quote<] This suggests that you'd like to see 3G on it, which would command a HUGE price premium as a result of monthly data plan payments.

        • DancinJack
        • 8 years ago

        Negative, my friend. I just don’t think 499 is low enough for tablets regardless.

          • SPOOFE
          • 8 years ago

          I think it’s a great price for eight-ten hours of battery life and an IPS screen with a quad-core processor.

          I’m hardly surprised by the price hike; the updated Transformer was following just too dang close on the heels of the first one to match prices.

      • mutarasector
      • 8 years ago

      Let’s wait and see if Transformer 2 has any other niceties that perhaps makes it worth the extra $100 – like a USB port on the tablet itself, and not just the keyboard dock.

      • PeterD
      • 8 years ago

      Keep the kryptonite out.

    • dpaus
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]the second-gen Transformer's processor upgrade is surely worth a premium over tablets based on the current Tegra 2 SoC[/quote<] Perhaps so, but certainly [i<]not[/i<] $100!

      • codedivine
      • 8 years ago

      Yes, especially as the difference in price between the 2 SoCs is likely not more than $10.

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