Asus will launch its EEE Pad Transformer, a tablet that can transform into an ultra portable laptop with the help of a docking station, on the 6th of April with a suggested retail price of £379 for the Wi-FI only model.
The tablet is being marketed as the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb model to ship in the UK pipping the Motorola XOOM to that claim.
The 16GB model will cost £20 less than the equivalent Apple iPad 2 while the 32GB will cost an additional £50. Adding the docking station with integrated keyboard that converts it into a laptop will increase the price by another £50; the latter also adds a trackpad, two USB ports, a mini HDMI connecto and a SD card reader.
The combined device can be closed for easy transportation (in which case the station doubles as a handy carrying case).
The EEE Pad Transformer ships with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels capacitive touchscreen (with Gorilla glass), 1GB RAM, a microSD card slot, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 System on chip clocked at 1GHz, a HDMI out, up to eight hours battery life (that can be doubled thanks to the docking station, Bluetooth and a pair of camera.
It weighs only 680g but is nearly 13mm thick, almost 50 per cent more than than the updated Samsung Galaxy Tab II. The tablet ships with one year free cloud-bsed storage as well as a productivity suite called Polaris Office.