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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Down To £299.99

The great clear out seems to have started; after the HP TouchPad and the RIM Blackberry PlayBook, it is now the turn of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer to see a significant price cut.

The tablet, which is also known as the TF101, is now available from HMV for just £299.99, a 25 per cent discount off its suggested retail price at launch.

This is a lesser cut compared to the two other mentioned tablets, but is still a very good price for a tablet that will not be very different from the model which has just been announced.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime comes with a Tegra 3 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz, the same amount of onboard memory, 32GB storage, a better eight megapixel camera, a slimmer profile (a third less), a better battery life while also weighs less.

You can probably expect to pay more for the newer model which also sports the same 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel IPS capacitive touchscreen.

The first generation Transformer is powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb (and we expect it to be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich at a latter stage).

The optional docking station is expected to almost double the battery life to a whopping 16 hours.

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