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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.

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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.