If you’re not satisfied with that dual-core processor in your tablet, check out the new Transformer 2 tablet from Asus, which boasts a super speedy quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip and measures in at just 8.3mm thick. The device was shown off at AllThingsD’s AsiaD conference in Hong Kong yesterday by Jonney Shih, Asus’ Chief Executive Officer.
The new Transformer 2 is a 10-inch device that will officially be announced on November 9, however, thanks to Shih, we already know a lot about it. It will be the successor to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, and in addition to that quad-core ‘Kal-El‘ processor, the device packs a built-in keyboard dock, a USB port, a mini-HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a staggering 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Shih.
That’s pretty impressive for a quad-core tablet. Its predecessor, which features a dual-core Tegra 2 chip and is more than 3mm thicker, boasts 16 hours of battery life, but losing just 1.5 hours of battery life for an double the cores will be an easy sacrifice for most.
Shih did not reveal a release date for the Transformer 2, but did say that it would be available “soon.” When it does launch, it will be the first tablet to feature a quad-core processor running Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. However, don’t think you need the Transformer 2 just for Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus has already confirmed that the new Android update will also be coming to the Transformer.
While it’s great to see that quad-core tablets are on their way, I have to question, once again, the need for a tablet with that kind of speed. Today’s dual-core devices seem to be more than powerful enough, so why do we need tablets faster than most notebook PCs?
Are you excited about the Asus Transformer 2?