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Asus Prepares Another iPad 2 Rival For October

Asus could be looking to launch the second version of its Eee Pad Transformer tablet, arguably the most successful tablet after the iPad 2, as early as October 2011, if sources from within the supply chain community are to be believed.

Yenting Chen & Adam Hwang, both from Digitimes, write that Wintek has become the second supplier of touch panels for the device with an estimated 400,000 Eee Pad Transformer tablets rumoured to have been sold in Q2 2011 and Asus looking to more than double the number to a million in the current quarter.

Hannstar Display, who manufacturers HannsG televisions & monitors amongst other things, will be the other touch panel manufacturer involved in the manufacturing process.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has been a runaway hit, and its more expensive model, the one with a detachable keyboard, is currently the best selling tablet on Amazon UK.

Asus is rumoured to be making little money on the tablet, preferring instead to get the revenue from accessories sold.

The tablet comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1Ghz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 10.1-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, two cameras, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and an eight hour battery life.