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Cracking Open the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101

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".

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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.

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 has a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display (1280x800), a 1.2 MP front camera and 5.0 MP rear camera. It comes with Android 3.2 Honeycomb installed.

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Under the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 tablet are the product documentation, AC power adapter, and connector cable.

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The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 weighs 1.52 lbs. and measures 10.7" (W) x 6.9" (H) x 0.51" (D). It weighs slightly less than the Motorola XOOM and Acer Iconia Tab A500, but more than the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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