Asus EEE Pad Transformer site now live

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Asus’ own site for the EEE Pad Transformer is now live, putting all the specs and features in one place. Read on for a full breakdown of the device.


  • Screen: 10.1″ LED-lit 1280×800 capacitive glass touchscreen with IPS technology (178 degree viewing angle)
  • CPU: Dual-core 1Ghz Tegra 2
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB + microSD slot
  • Wireless: 802.11b/g/n (2.4Ghz, no mention of 5Ghz) Wifi, Bluetooth 2.1
  • Sensors: GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass, light sensor
  • Cameras: 5mpix rear, 1.2mpix front (no mention of whether it records 720p or 1080p video)
  • Ports: 3.5mm audio, mini-HDMI, dock connector
  • Keyboard dock ports: 2x USB, SD card slot
  • Other dock features: keyboard, trackpad, 25Wh battery
  • Weight: 680 grams
  • Thickness: 13mm
  • Battery life: up to 9.5 hours standalone, 16 hours in dock

In other words, it’s pretty much the Xoom all over again- though with a working microSD slot and a lot of added functionality through the keyboard dock. The Transformer also has Asus’ Waveshare UI, which gives the user access to things like online storage and AirPlay/DLNA-like wireless streaming called MyNet.

As far as the physical specs, it’s both heavier and thicker than the iPad 2, but makes up for it with a much higher resolution display and better cameras. Software-wise the two can’t be compared so I’m not going into that. The use of mini-HDMI instead of HDMI makes sense since it’s on the tablet not the dock, though at this point in time you can’t just walk into any electronics store and get a mini-HDMI cable, so it’s borderline as proprietary (but much cheaper) than Apple’s HDMI adapter- and you don’t get VGA, component or composite video output. I’d have liked to have seen at least VGA on the dock- VGA and full sized HDMI would be even better, with mini-HDMI on the tablet itself.

This is the first Android tablet that I really like. It’s not just about the low pricetag and good experiences with Asus products earlier, but also that the thing just makes sense with the keyboard dock and all. So much sense that I want my iPad 2 to be more like it. I probably won’t end up getting one though, as Android is a massive dealbreaker for me. Keyboard docks, high screen resolutions, good cameras (I assume, megapixels tell lies all the time) don’t do me any good when the OS has more or less none of the apps I depend on daily- and yes I’ve checked. Most people aren’t in that situation though and for them I’d really suggest taking a long, hard look at the Transformer.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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6 thoughts on “Asus EEE Pad Transformer site now live

  • I’m really curious about what the reviews will say about this one. It sounds really good now.

  • I’m really liking this.
    With the usb ports on it.
    Does anyone know if these will be usable with an external hard drive? Cos If so this could totally replace my laptop.

    • Avatar of Allen Schmidt

      It is supposed to be able to access an external hard drive, but we won’t really know until we get it in our hands.

      Also to note, the Asus “skin” can be removed. Its nothing more than a couple of apps and some different wallpapers. So you don’t have to worry about fragmentation updating issues with this like you will the Samsung Galaxy tablets.

    • Whether it will support a hard drive depends on the power output of the USB port. It needs 5-600mA to run a 2.5″ external drive off USB, 2-300mA if using a dual USB cable and much less if you run the power separately (e.g 3.5″ drive or 2.5″ drive with AC adapter, or a powered USB hub)

  • Avatar of Michae Morgan

    I’m one of the few people I know under 35 who doesn’t own a smartphone. So this Asus tablet seems more my speed than the Ipad2,or the Zoom. I don’t want another device with a monthly bill attached! I have a laptop when I need computing power. This device appeals to me because it has a nice size screen,and a decent battery life. I like to watch my ripped dvds, and subbed anime when I travel or when I have long waits(dotor appointments).

    Plus the idea of playing angry birds on a 10 inch screen is cool!


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