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Asus iPad 2 Rival Now Available From £343

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer, otherwise known as the TF101, is now available from £343 including free delivery, that's nearly 10 per cent off its suggested retail price of £380 and a significant drop on a product that was launched only a few months ago.

Saveonlaptops managed to slash the cost of the tablet by splitting a bundle made up of the keyboard and the tablet which doesn't affect the one year warranty.

At £343, the Eee Pad Transformer is becoming a bargain, especially given rumours that Asus is not making a significant profit out of this tablet at its SRP.

The TF101 is without any doubt, the most serious competitor to the iPad 2 and routinely ranks amongst the best selling tablets on the market despite claims of it being frequently out of stock since launch.

It comes with an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, a 10.1-inch Asus IPS LED screen covered by Corning Gorilla glass, and a 1280x800 pixel resolution, Android Honeycomb 3.0 (upgradable to 3.1 and soon to 3.2), 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a microSD card reader, two cameras, Wi-Fi, onboard GPS, a mini-HDMI port and up to eight hours battery life.

The main selling point of the Eee Pad though, other than the price, is the fact that it can be docked to a keyboard station that doubles its battery life and provides a few other features like USB ports.

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