There has been a lot of talk about how tablets are impacting the sales of netbooks and laptops. While they aren’t expected to kill off laptops entirely, the outlook for netbooks hasn’t been quite as rosy. Perhaps bridging that impending gap between the two form factors, ASUS has come up with the Eee Pad Transformer which is part tablet, part netbook.
Adding a keyboard dock to devices isn’t exactly new. The first generation iPad had a dock you could buy, and of course the Motorola Atrix is all about its add-on laptop dock, but a tablet running Android 3.0 Honeycomb that is essentially a removable netbook screen is new. It still won’t do what a lot heavy computing, but it’ll be nice when you just absolutely feel like you need a keyboard and trackpad.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is now out in Taiwan, no word on when we’ll be seeing it stateside.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tech Specs
- Display: 10.1″ IPS Panel with LED Backlighting, 1280×800 resolution, 10 finger multi-touch support, scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass
- Operating system: Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
- Platform: 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
- Sensor: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS
- 3G Module: Optional in Certain Locales
- Flash support: Yes
- Multi-tasking: Yes
- 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)