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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer with Docking Station from £361

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is slowly giving way to its followup, the Transformer Prime and consequently, retailers are starting to clear out existing stock.

Pixmania is selling the tablet, together with its docking station, for as little as £361 after a five per cent discount using the code "3XMAS" at checkout.

The device was announced at CES earlier this year and proved to be one of the most popular tablets of 2011.

It packs a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel IPS panel display covered with Gorilla glass display, up to 16 hours battery life (with the docking station), a full QWERTY keyboard, a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera and a five-megapixel rear one, 16GB onboard storage, a SD card and microSD card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI and runs on Android 3.0 Honeycomb (with an upgrade route to Ice Cream Sandwich likely).

Asus has also included a number of applications including the Asus Launcher, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud and File Manager.

The current Eee Pad Transformer differs from its successor when it comes to the chipset (a Tegra 3), the cameras (higher resolution), the chassis dimensions and its weight.

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