Subject: Mobile, Shows and Expos | January 9, 2012 - 12:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: transformer prime, Transformer, tf700t, CES, asus
The ASUS Transformer and the newer Transformer Prime are often considered the best Android tablets on the market and the most likely to be able to compete with Apple and its iPad in 2012. Our own review from Matt Smith tells the same kind of story and is definitely worth a read to get some context for this news today.
At CES 2012 ASUS is unveiling a new version of the Transformer Prime with the TF700T suffix that adds a couple of really nice features including a high-resolution 1920x1200 screen and a new 2.0 MP front camera for HD video conferencing. These replace a 1280x800 resolution screen and a 1.3 MP front camera.
The current Transformer Prime that might already be outdated...
Also worth noting is a change to the back plate on the device that ASUS claims "should enhance WiFi, BT and GPS performance." Some users had complaints about WiFi issues and this should address it, if you are willing to pay the higher price for the better hardware as well.
Expect to see this selling for $599 to $699 when it is available this quarter.
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Introduction, Design and Ergonomics
The original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer was a bit of an upset in the tablet market. Before its launch, there was no particular reason to believe that ASUS would be able to provide a better product than any of the many other PC manufacturers entering the Android tablet fray. Sure, I like most of the ASUS products that I’ve been able to review, and I believe they have some good engineers. But they also had no experience beyond a few Windows tablets and convertible tablets.
Yet they were successful. At the time I called the Transformer "the best Android tablet on the market today” and gave it with a Gold Award. Consumers apparently agreed, as it flew off shelves with such speed that ASUS has decided to debut a follow-up only half a year after the original hit the market.
Subject: Mobile | September 21, 2011 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: asus, eee pad transformer, Transformer
You had better not think this refers to Bumblebee. The real Transformer you shold be be thinking about comes from ASUS, the ARM based Tegra 250 T20 powered Eee Pad Transformer. More than a tablet thanks to the special dock, which turns the tablet into a netbook with a full keyboard, this device has received a lot of positive press. TechSpot had a chance to use one, powered by Honeycomb 3.2, and they agree with the other reviewers; considered as a simple tablet it isn't quite as good as the iPad but the real selling point of the Transformer is the keybaord. Read on.
"The Eee Pad Transformer goes beyond what most tablets are capable of by doubling as a Honeycomb-based netbook. Based on that premise and an attractive price since launch, it quickly became one of the most attractive Android tablets around.
If you are willing to look past the widely dominant iPad, we are paying another visit to Android Honeycomb (currently on version 3.2) along with one of the most popular and well regarded tablets under its umbrella."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Mobile GPU Faceoff: AMD Dynamic Switchable Graphics vs. NVIDIA Optimus Technology @ AnandTech
- MSI X460 Laptop @ kitguru
- Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Review (with battery slice 39+) @ kitguru
- Cooler Master NotePal X-Slim Notebook Cooler @ Tweaktown
- HP Touchpad Performance Hacking @ Benchmark Reviews
- Root Hacking the HP Touchpad Tablet PC @ Benchmark Reviews
- Maxell Air Voltage Wireless Qi Charging Mat and Sleeve Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Nokia X7 Smartphone Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Quick Look: Three iPad 2 covers @ t-break
- PowerSkin iPhone4 battery case @ HardwareBistro
- How to replace cracked iPhone 3GS screen @ Tech-Reviews
- LG Optimus 2X Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Konnet iCrado Plus Sync and Charge Dock Review @ Tech-Reviews
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray Smartphone Review @ t-break
Subject: Mobile | May 7, 2011 - 08:37 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Transformer, tablet, asus
Many people were left without a shiny Asus Eee Pad Transformer upon launch day as Amazon and various online retailers' stocks were voraciously depleted. Even going so far as to being unable to fulfill some pre-orders for customers who wanted both the tablet and keyboard dock.
There have been many theories across the Internet regarding the reason for the tablet's supply shortage, ranging from simple unprecedented consumer demand to more complex component shortage and manufacturing quality control issues. Fortunately, Netbook News was able to get a statement from Asus' Headquarters in Taipei on the exact reason for the Transformer's low stock. They quote ASUSTek's spokesperson David Chang in stating "It really depends on the demand. The current demand surpasses our expectations by far."
The company is currently ramping up production of the hot tablet, and expects 300,000 units to be made available for purchase at the end of June this year. Rumors of component shortages and quality control issues were not confirmed by the spokesperson. The Asus spokesperson did; however, state that "If the demand continues to increase substantially then we will have to continue to ramp up production in order to fulfill our customers’ demand."
As more units start to hit the streets, will you be picking up your Asus Transformer?
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