Decidedly less dangerous than your average transformer, ASUS' new Android OS 3.0 tablet nonetheless transforms from tablet to a sorta notebook form factor. The tablet snaps into a lower keyboard section that looks rather nice with a large keyboard and trackpad (imagine the bottom half of the Motorola Atrix Lapdock). The Android tablet runs Honeycomb with ASUS' Waveshare user interface.
The Eee Pad Transformer (doesn't that name remind you of a WowWee toy?) will have a dual core Tegra 2 CPU and an IPS display-- nice! The 10.1" display will be covered with Gorilla Glass and should have wide viewing angles thanks to IPS (178 degrees according to ASUS). The resolution is 1280 x 800, which is quickly becoming the standard for larger Android tablets.
Other goodies include SRS Surround sound, a front 1.2MP video chat camera and 5MP rear camera. The dock has a touchpad, 2 USB ports, an SD card reader and a 3.5mm stereo jack. The dock has its own battery and ASUS says it adds 6.5 hours of addition runtime (the Eee Pad Transformer runs for up to 9.5 hours solo and up to 16 with the keyboard dock).
ASUS Launcher also allows users to easily launch software, manage content and access online services and connect devices with a few simple taps, while ASUS? Waveshare Interface hosts a variety of unique applications* such as MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud and more.
The Eee Pad will have the Android Market, Adobe Flash Player 10.2 and the standard suite of Google apps.
It weighs 1.49 lbs. and is 0.51" thick.
Custom software: MyNet easily streams digital media wirelessly within home network devices so HD videos or music can be played on devices such as an HDTV or desktop PCs for an even better experience from the Transformer. MyLibrary consolidates downloaded books, magazines and newspapers in to one easy to browse profile while MyCloud is a total cloud solution, providing access to digital content such as music, videos and files from the cloud anywhere, anytime. Users can even use MyCloud to remotely access and control any PC or Mac system and access applications or files.
Display: 10.1" IPS Panel with LED Backlighting, 1280x800 resolution, 10 finger multi-touch support, scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass Operating system: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 2 Memory 1 GB Storage 16GB /32GB + Unlimited ASUS WebStorage Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Camera 1.2MP (front), 5MP Auto focus (rear) Interface: 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone / Mic-in); 1x mini HDMI 1.3a port 1x Micro SD Card Reader; 1x Internal Microphone; 1x Stereo Speaker Interface on optional mobile dock 2x USB 2.0; 1x SD Card Reader Sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS 3G Module: Optional in Certain Locales Applications: ASUS Launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, PC sync Battery:9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-polymer Battery 16 hours with dock Size/ Weight: 10.6*6.9*0.51? / 1.49lbs (w/ battery)
Price? We'll let you know when we find out, which ASUS tells us will be on the 31st of this month. The Eee Transformer should be available in the US in April.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview