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iPad 2 Rival Alert: Asus Transformer 2 To Cost £518?

The followup of the Asus Transformer (AKA the Eee Pad) has surfaced on the website of a UK-retailer as the TF201-1I020A with a suggested retail price of £517.67 including VAT and delivery.

That's a near 50 per cent premium compared to the price of the existing Asus Transformer. Apart from the novelty factor, it should be noted that this model comes with 32GB onboard storage, twice that of the original Transformer.

The tablet also comes with an Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, a penta-core model that should provide better battery life and almost twice the performance of the Tegra 2.

Other specs that we can infer from the slim description provided is the fact that it will come with 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display (probably the same IPS 1280x800 pixels that we saw on the first Asus tablet) and will run on Android (whether it's Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich, we're not sure).

Expect the rest of the specifications to be similar to the first Transformer; an eight hour battery life, a microSD card slot, two cameras, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

It would be interesting to find out whether Asus will introduce a 16GB model, whether there will be a 3G one and whether there will be a new version of its very popular laptop docking station.

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