Asus Cooking Up a Next-Gen Eee Pad Transformer


With devices like the Motorola XOOM and Samsung Galaxy Tab stealing their fair share of attention, The success of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer was a bit unexpected. But successful it has been, shipping 300,000 units in June and an additional 400,000 in July. The dual-core Honeycomb tablet wins points for its combination of pricing, specs, and features including a detachable keyboard, the essence of the Transformer.

It should come as little surprise, then, that a sequel is already in the works. Poppa Asus Jonney Shih confirmed as much, going so far as to call the in-development tablet impressive, even at this stage. Without any details to go on, we can only speculate about what to expect and when to expect it. We know one thing: we wouldn’t mind seeing Asus move forward with NVIDIA’s next-gen quad-core Tegra chip at all.

[via Electronista]

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  1. well it has to have Tegra3, as it has been said hundred of times, Tegra2 limits playback of H.264 files, thus Transformer fails as a multi-media device…(where exynos wins for instance)

    and this current situations is sad, as Transformer with its 15 hours battery life, USB support and IPS screen would be a great traveler. It isn’t.

    Once this will be fixed (Tegra3 lists 1080p high-profile support), what a great 720p movie companion it’ll be, hopefuly this Christmas with Ice-Cream Sandwitch.

    1. Hopefully, it will also have a much higher resolution, like 1920×1200 at least, or even 2560×1600, but I doubt we’ll see this one until next year. We might see some 4:3 tablets with 2048×1536 resolution by then (like from Motorola).

      The higher resolutions will impact GPU performance, but I think it’s worth the trade off.

  2. I own a transformer and it ROCKS! My kids and I use it for games, movies, music and ebooks daily. We are not videophiles and all of our mobile video is compressed a bit to fit on the SD card. We haven’t missed 1080p high-profile at all. Then again we still daily watch our 2nd gen TIVO with std composite output on our 60″ HD plasma TV. Clearly we are not picky as to our video quality.

    1. I don’t need 1080p, I am ok with 720p H.264 – which still gives roughly 2-3 times better picture than DVD. But even that is not possible on Tegra2.

      and of course, I will not re-encode all my video collection to main/baseline profile _just_ because I wanted to transfer a movie to a transformer.

      also, I’m not picky about video quality, but one choose what to store and what not. Give me a divX, DVD (mpeg2) and H.264 encoded movie and I’ll tell you which I’ll keep on my HDD in a collection.

  3. Aww, i just got mine.

  4. Im still waiting for the slider…

  5. Download Dice player from the market and it will play anything smoothly. Really sweet now I just copy from my server to it and I’m ready for a road trip to West Texas!

  6. Wasn’t this confirmed almost alongside the release of the original Transformer? All the blogs were talking about it then. It’s why I’ve held off.

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