Asus Eee Pad Transformer to debut in Taiwan this Friday
For those out there anxiously awaiting Asus’s Eee Pad Transformer tablet, the wait might soon be over. According to a Facebook status on the Asus Club page, the tablet should begin selling in Taiwan as soon as this Friday, March 25th.
Although Asus first announced the tablet would be released in April, they appear to be bending the rules a bit for their home country. The Facebook status which reads: “Only four days left before the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer launch in Taiwan. Are you ready for it?” popped up earlier on the Facebook page but lacked any word about a release in other countries. However, Engadget managed to get ahold of the ASUS rep. in the US who confirmed that the Transformer should be coming stateside in early April.
The Eee Pad transformer is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1” IPS display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, and should be available in 16GB and 32GB flavors. What sets the tablet apart from its colleagues is a keyboard dock that attaches to the tablet and “Transforms” it into a laptop. However, it is yet to be seen how smoothly the dock will be able to interface with the Honeycomb OS.
Asus first targeted a $400-$700 price range for the tablet and a magazine ad by Spanish reseller “The Phone House” appears to confirm that. The ad listed a €400($570) launch price for the dock-less tablet but didn’t provide any info about what the complete package will eventually cost. While a global launch should come soon enough, those unable to wait can head on over to Taiwan to pick up a Transformer for themselves.