The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is an exciting device that is at its base a tablet like the iPad, but can transform into a notebook with an optional keyboard dock that also adds battery life to the Android HoneyComb 3.0 tablet/notebook. We’ve been following the Eee Pad Transformer closely, and now it looks like we have confirmation of a U.S. release by the end of April and a confirmed starting price of $399 for the 16GB WiFi only model, which is $100 less than the iPad. The optional dock has also been priced at $150.
The reason we at Notebooks are so interested in this device is because it looks like it will fit nicely into the consumer segment that wants an iPad-like tablet, but aslo wants to turn the iPad into a notebook with software and hardware accessories.
The Eee Pad Transformer is a 10.1″ Nvidia Tegra 2 powered tablet that will retail for $399 with 16GB of storage, $100 less than the iPad 2. The Eee Pad Transformer itself will work as a slate tablet with apps, access to the Internet and multimedia power. Where the device stands apart, and why we think consumers will be drawn to it, is the optional $150 keyboard dock that adds a keyboard, mouse and an additional battery which should bring the battery life up to a combined 16 hours.
You can see a collection of Eee Pad Transformer videos which show you the hardware, software, speakers and pretty much everything the device can do in our Eee Pad Transformer Video Roundup to get a better idea of what the Eee Pad Transformer can do. You can see the Transformer hardware video overview embedded below.
Stay tuned for more details and coverage of the versatile and affordable Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet and notebook. It looks like we may be seeing the first real competition for the iPad, and the device a sizable set of consumers is looking for.