Asus Windows, Android tablets set for UK

Asus Windows, Android tablets set for UK

Summary: The company has announced UK release dates and pricing details for its Eee Pad Transformer, a Android Honeycomb tablet, and Eee Slate EP121 Windows 7 tablet

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Asus Eee PC Transformer

    Asus has released details of the UK launch date and pricing for the Eee Pad Transformer, a Honeycomb Android tablet with a detachable keyboard, and the Windows 7-equipped Eee Slate EP121.

    The company also let ZDNet UK go hands-on with both devices. The Eee Pad Transformer, a 10-inch-screen tablet, is shown in the above picture connected to its keyboard. The silver switch just under the hinge is the release catch that allows the two units to be detached.

    The keyboard is very similar to that for a Windows laptop. It lacks a Windows key, but it does incorporate dedicated home and search keys. Overall, when the Transformer is attached to the keyboard, the combined unit is indistinguishable at first glance from any other thin, light netbook.

    The basic 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet itself will launch on 6 April for £379, while a 32GB variant costs £429. The keyboard, which includes two more USB ports and a second HDMI-out, adds another £50 to that cost.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

    See more tablet photos on ZDNet UK.

  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer

    The Eee Pad Transformer uses Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first version of Google's Android operating system to be optimised for tablet use.

    Held vertically, the OS looks similar to the iPad's iOS operating system. Indeed, Asus's tablet has very similar dimensions and weight to the first-generation iPad — it also has a 10-inch IPS [in-plane switching] screen, and it also weighs 680g. Likewise, it has a dual-core processor, except the Asus uses Nvidia's Tegra 2 chip rather than Apple's A5.

    However, the Android 3.0 tablet is slightly cheaper — the lowest-cost iPad 2 is £399 — and has better cameras, with the rear camera having a five-megapixel resolution and the front-facing camera 1.2 megapixels. The keyboard attachment for the Transformer also looks less odd than that available for the iPad, as it uses the tablet in its horizontal rather than vertical orientation.

    The Transformer also has a slightly higher screen resolution, at 1,280 by 800 pixels to the iPad 2's 1,024 by 768 pixels. However, the iPad 2 is lighter at 600g, and thinner at 8.6mm to the Transformer's 13mm.

    Photo credit: David Meyer

    See more tablet photos on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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