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Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet
At the CeBIT trade show on Tuesday, ZDNet UK got the chance to put four Eee tablets announced by Asus at CES in January through their paces.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer
The Eee Pad Transformer tablet can be hooked up to a miniature, detachable keyboard.
It will be the first of Asus's CES-announced trio of Pad-branded Android devices to launch, with European availability due for April, Asus said. A spokesperson for the company would not give specific UK release dates, but noted that as the UK and Germany are its major European markets, it should launch in April in at least those two countries.
The tablet uses an Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU and runs Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). During hands-on testing, the touchpad on the detachable keyboard failed to function. This is because Asus is still having difficulties working with the Honeycomb Android OS as it is "very new", according to the company spokesman.
The locking device that links the screen to the keyboard felt sturdy enough. The tablet slides into a sculpted indentation on the top of the keyboard and is automatically locked. Unlocking requires moving a catch to the side.
Low-end variants of the device will not come with 3G as standard, or the keyboard, Asus said. Storage will range between 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
Prices will range from €399 (£338) for a 16GB tablet without a keyboard and 3G, up to €699, Asus said.
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