The reason why Motorola was so desperate to get the Xoom to market, missing hardware and no Flash be damned, is that in a couple of months they will not be alone in the Android 3.0 tablet segment. Asus showed off quite a few >3.0 tablets at CES this year and now they’re back to show off these tablets running Android 3.0 at CeBit.
The EEE Transformer is one of the most interesting tablets out there as it has a keyboard dock type thing that essentially makes it a laptop. Don’t believe it a gimmicky weird’ass tablet for that though, as it has a 10.1″ 1280×800 screen, 1Ghz Tegra 2 dual core CPU, 1GB RAM, up to 64GB of Flash storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, optional 3G and the same size battery as the Xoom and iPad. In other words, it’s a Xoom. The thing is that it’s supposedly only going to cost $399-$699 depending on the configuration, which is going to make the Xoom look mighty stupid with it-s $599-$799 price tag.
The Transformer is a very interesting concept and sure to help win over the laptop fans. If they really do get a $399 model out there, even one with Wifi-only, 16Gb and no included keyboard, that is going to raise the bar for everyone else price wise (or should I say lower it?).