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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

Désiré Athow

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 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.