Cracking Open the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

Cracking Open the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Inside this Android tablet, he found hardware from NVidia, Kingston, Elpida, and Broadcom.

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  • The Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is Asus' first 10-inch Android tablet. When released in April, 2011, it was one of the least expensive 10-inch tablets available.

    Follow along as I crack open the Transformer TF101 for a look at the hardware inside.

    For  an in-depth analysis the Transformer's hardware and my take on the internal design, check out my post, "Asus Eee Pad Transformer teardown: Convoluted, but 3G-ready internal design".

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

  • As of this writing, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is available in 16GB ($399.99) and 32GB ($499.99) versions.

    The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity. Asus has said that it will launch a 3G version in the future, and there's already a spot on the motherboard for a 3G card.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Android, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • RE: Cracking Open the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

    Can someone please help a life long microsoft gal figure out the function keys on my Eee transformer docking station/keyboard? I'm sure this tablet can do much more than I am currently able to figure out.
    stlchick
  • Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

    Fantastic photos of cracking open the Asus Eee Pad. I was assuming I had a battery problem, but upon seeing all the "stuff" in this little guy, I think I may be in deeper trouble!
    Story: I left my Asus Eee Pad on my kitchen table, along with a glass of water. While I was away, my dog got on the table, knocked the glass of water over and there sat my Eee Pad, in the water, until I returned home - 3 hours later. I wiped it off and stood it on end for a day. It wouldn't turn on. Thinking it may have gotten more water than I thought, I placed it in front of a heat register for a few more days to dry. It's still not working. Is it fried? It's 7 months old. I know warranties don't cover accidental damage. Where do I go from here? Any suggestions?
    SCM5097