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Asus' Next iPad 2 Rival To Be Called Transformer 2 or TF201

The followup to Asus' popular Transformer tablet is set to be launched imminently after Nvidia gave more details regarding its penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3 system on chip and, according to a technology website, it will be called the TF201 or Transformer 2.

According to Fudzilla, the Taiwanese giant will be sticking to the Transformer name, and writer Fuad Abazovic dug around the GLBenchmark 2.1 database to unearth some very interesting benchmarks which show that the Tegra 3 is roughly twice as fast as its predecessor, the Tegra 2.

The price of the original Transformer has now fallen to around £330 which makes it compelling, although others like the Hannspad Hannspree tablet cost less than half that price.

One can expect the Transformer 2 to come with the same hardware and form factor as the Eee Pad Transformer, partly because the Tegra 3 SoC has similar thermal characteristics as the Tegra 2.

We believe that Asus will keep the Transformer 2 compatible with the docking station accessory that made the original tablet so popular and it should come with a 1280x800 pixel 10.1-inch touchscreen display, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot, as well as front-facing and rear cameras.