New Asus Eee Pad Transformer Coming November 9th
A few days ago, Asus posted a teaser video of its Eee Pad Transformer followup on its Facebook page, giving a glimpse of the new device and its revised exterior design. Most notably of which is a Zenbook-inspired brushed aluminium casing and tapered edges, compared to the original's rectangular block look. The keyboard dock appears to have received a new coat of paint as well.
A day later, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih revealed some more details about the new tablet at the AsiaD event in Hong Kong. Most interestingly, Nvidia's upcoming “Kal-El” quad-core processor looks to be in the cards. For those not in the know, Kal-El will include a 12-core GPU, which Nvidia says will offer three times the performance of Tegra 2 (used in the current Transformer), along with some other enhancements. There will also be a 10” display, at least one USB port, and a mini-HDMI output.
Shih also says that the thing will only be 8.3mm thick, meaning it will be pretty much the same thickness as the Apple iPad 2. On the software front, it looks like the new Eee Pad will ship with the brand new Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” operating system, as expected.
For those that own the current Eee Pad Transformers, it seems that you will be getting the Android 4.0 update before the end of the year, as implied by the Asus chairman. In any case, expect hundreds of review sites around the web to cover the new Eee Pad when it hits.
Update: This product is now available on Amazon and other retailers.