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ASUS Transformer could end up as bestselling Android tablet; Transformer 2 rumors begin

ASUS CEO boasts that 300,000 Transformer tablets will ship in June, while rumors indicate that Transformer 2 could come in a Windows 8 variant.

If you've been fretting about getting your hands on ASUS's unbelievably popular Eee Pad Transformer, then you can breathe a sigh of relief. The tablet had been plagued by shortages due to very high demand, but it now appears that ASUS is taking production to a new level.

As reported by Digitimes and the Taiwan Economic News, ASUS Chairman, Jonney Shih, and ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, have stated that the company will ship a staggering 300,000 tablets this June; thus exceeding expected 2nd quarter estimates. In addition, this number should account for 10% of total company revenues this month and compares favorably to the 400,000 tablets shipped in April and May combined. Furthermore, the figure would make the ASUS Transformer the highest selling Android tablet ever, and second to only the iPad 2 as the most shipped tablet overall.

With the amount of success that the Transformer has received, it is of no surprise that ASUS is already planning a 2nd iteration of the tablet. The first information about the next-gen Transformer was accidentally dropped by an ASUS employee at Computex, and was picked up by the French site, Les Numeriques. According to the site, the Transformer 2 will be a cross between the current model and the Eee Pad Slider, and will result in a thinner, sleeker and more powerful device. In addition, it seems ASUS is planning on releasing two versions of the tablet; one running standard Android and the other running a tablet version of Windows 8.

Of course, rumors of the Transformer 2 are definitely premature, especially since Windows 8 hasn’t even been formally introduced. However, if the current Transformer continues its sweeping success, then we will definitely see another version in the near future.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-06-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)