Feeds

Asus prices up netbook-convertible Android tablet

Qwerty will cost you

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Asus' tablet-meets-netbook, the Eee Pad Transformer, will cost the best part of £500 when it goes on sale here on Wednesday.

The Transformer is a 10in, 1280 x 800 tablet running Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system - onto which Asus has slapped its own UI, Waveshare - and driven by a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

The gadget has a front-facing 1.2Mp webcam and a rear-facing 5Mp sensor for snaps and video, for which a mini HDMI port is provided for HDTC hook-ups. The Transformer also has a pair of USB 2.0 ports, and and SD card reader. There's 16GB of on-board storage.

Anyone hoping the Transformer's clip-on Qwerty keyboard accessory, which "transforms" the tablet into a netbook at a click of its plastic latches, is part of the package will be disappointed - it's an "option", making the Asus offering really no more a transforming tablet than Apple's iPad with its keyboard dock accessory was.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer

There's no word yet on what the keyboard accessory will cost you, but it extends the tablet's battery life to an "estimated" 16 hours "under certain conditions", Asus said. The firm didn't say how much extra the keyboard will add to the 217 x 177mm Pad's 13mm girth. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
All aboard the Poo Bus! Ding ding, route Number Two departing
Only another three days of pooing and I can have a ride!
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.