Asus may be considering shoving Windows 8, Microsoft's next generation operating system, into the next version of the Eee Pad Transformer, the popular ARM-based tablet that doubles as a netbook when paired with its docking station.
According to Notebook Italia, this will happen sometime in 2012 and will come in tandem with a new Android version, also to be launched in April, roughly one year after the first one came to the market.
Both are rumoured to be lighter and thinner than the current Eee Pad Transformer, which would bring them almost on par with the orginal iPad.
While the Android version would cost the same as the existing one, the Windows model will carry a premium due partly to the cost of the operating system.
We expect that the next version of the Eee Pad Transformer would still keep the same form factor (and maintain compatibility with the existing docking station) while upgrading the hardware.
A quad core Tegra 3 clocked at 1GHz is certainly not out of order, alongside 3G compatibility, something that is sorely lacking on the current Eee Pad Tablets.
The tablet currently comes with Android Honeycomb 3.1, 16GB onboard storage, two cameras, 1GB RAM, a Tegra 2 dual core SoC and runs for up to eight hours. The docking station doubles the battery life while adding a full-size keyboard with a touchpad and USB ports.