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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Now £280

Amazon has dropped the price of the Eee Pad Transformer TF101 to a mere £280, yet another indication that Asus is clearing out stocks of the tablet ahead of the release of the more powerful and more expensive Eee Pad Transofrmer Prime, which has already gone on preorder in the US.

At £280 (opens in new tab), it is 30 per cent cheaper than the iPad 2 but offers much more flexibility. Like the tablet replacing it, the Eee Pad Transformer comes with a 10.1-inch WSVGA IPS capacitive screen, 1GB RAM, an SD card slot and a mini HDMI port.

There's an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core SoC clocked at 1GHz, it weighs 680g and is 13mm thick, has a five megapixel rear camera capable of shooting HD video and a 1.2-megapixel camera for web conferencing.

Its 24.4Whr battery ensures that it can run for nearly 10 hours and its optional docking station accessory can almost double its battery life while adding more ports and converting the tablet into a netbook.

Other features include Android 3.0 Honeycomb, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 16GB onboard storage and a slew of Asus apps. Amazon is also selling the tablet and docking station combo for £388.

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.