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Rumor: Asus Transformer 2 Will Sport the First Kal-El Tegra 3 Quad-Core Processor

While it may not look anything like the picture above when it arrives, the Asus Transformer 2 has been rumored to be rocking the world’s first NVIDIA Kal-El “Tegra 3″ quad-core processor when it arrives this fall.  We were originally expecting to see tablets with this new chipset this summer, but due to delays, it could be another month or two. As one of the top selling Android tablets in the world, we’re excited that Asus could be the first, but what we really care about is if this new quad-core chip can live up to its minimal power consumption reputation.  According to NVIDIA CEO Jen Hsun Huang, the Kal-El could consume less power than its predecessor, the Tegra 2.  Leave it up to chip manufacturers to give us extended battery life, since the battery gurus on the planet are still stuck in 1980 with their tech.

Exciting, to say the least.  Original Transformer owners, are you all-in on Asus as being worthy of having the Kal-El?

Via:  Fudzilla, Engadget

  • gimlet72

    I’ll probably wait until the November/December time to purchase a Tablet to see what is out there. The rumors for the New Xoom sounds great. Now that Google owns Motorola Mobility a stock and unlocked tablet sounds like a great possibility. Hopefully Motorola/google wont make the same mistake by over pricing the tablet like the original XOOM.

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    Gimme one now!

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  • RW-1

    Gee, I’m sure that they’ll release a total of what, say 100 then claim out of supply resources again? Or did everyone finally get their version 1.0 that ordered one?

  • Jason Lee

    Hopefully it will be way better than the movie. Transformers 2 was terrible. :D

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  • Anonymous

    I’m really interested in knowing how this would benefit me over my current Transformer. I’m thinking I’ll skip a generation or two and buy a Wayne, Logan, or Stark based model by Christmas.

    effing manufacturer’s, slow down! I can’t sell my used stuff on ebay fast enough!

  • Peter Geyfman

    As an extremely satisfied owner of the current ASUS Transformer, I am happy that they get to be on the forefront of progress.  

  • Anonymous

    Epic fail.

    I just wanted to say that to be like others on these forms.   But true epic fail – maybe sell 20k?

    • Pghawke

      They shipped 300,000 Transformers in late May/early June.

      PAUL

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332240301 Dan Graziano

    Thank god I didn’t buy a tablet this past year. Mobile technology is moving at an incredible rate.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, It’s like PCs back in the mid-late 90s. I might buy a quad core though, it all depends on the price.

    • Al Heasley

      I bought my xoom the day it released in wifi version only…….I have not picked up my laptop since…….you have to buy it and enjoy it……because when that quad core Asus is released…….the Motorola or Samsung or HTC super duper awesome tablet that makes that Asus look like shit will be rumored to be coming out……I will get probably 8 or 9 months of use out of my xoom before it will be trumped by something truly better…..like this quad core Asus. So now ill Give the xoom to my wife to make her happy and the cycle starts again….but I got 9 months of great and pleasurable use out of it…..instead of just waiting for the next best thing to come out…………..copy?

      • Anonymous

        Oh, there you go being all logical and stuff… that is no fun. Oh, don’t get me wrong… I agree with you, having had a Viewsonic g Tablet and now a Xoom. But this messes up the arguments of the pseudo-early-adopter that wants to be “out in front” but does so by sitting on the sidelines waiting for “that big next thing just around the corner.”

        There is nothing wrong with being frugal either… but frugal and early adopter don’t mix.

  • Harry

    I definetly think Asus is quality. I bought one and the dock and haven’t looked at a laptop since. Asus knows how to please it’s customers they have great tech support, super easy to deal with. Quad Core? Maybe I’ll buy but I won’t pay more than what I paid for my orignial Transformer. Keep the price point down and they’ll sell even more than the first generation. Just clean up the keyboard lag and keep the quality of the first one.

    • Granted

      How are the speakers on the Transformer? I’m debating between like four tablets, but how good they sound is a big deal to me. I’d love to hear your feedback?

  • Scott Willenborg

    While extended battery life in any gadget would be great I don’t really care if my Asus runs any faster.  It runs just fine right now, heck with the keyboard and using it as a tablet every so often I get 3 days out of it already.  The spead is great, no slow-downs at all.  My Viewsonic G Tablet Ihad could have benfitted from a faster processor for sure.

    Even if there was a good used market for my Transformer I am not sure I would list “speed” as a huge deal in upgrading.  Or battery for that matter… bring something else to the table right now.  It’s kind of like my LED/LCD TV, if they came out with a better picture I’m not sure I could see it… it’s awesome now, don’t come out with a new model just because the old one is 6 months old.  Bring something else with it… like a fleshlight… it’s not JUST a flashlight.

    • KevParlee

      This made my day, your the man. cant believed this was overlooked

      • Scott Willenborg

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    • Anonymous

      Android does not even support the second core fully yet right?

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure Honeycomb fully supports both cores. Gingerbread might support them too.

  • Anonymous

    As long as it is stock and has a nice screen, it’s fine with me. With quad core of course.
    How is the build quality of the transformer? I don’t think I have played with it.

  • TheAndroid1

    We still don’t have anything that takes advantage of the two cores completely.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Man should of been Samsung or Motorola or even HTC why asus

    • Anonymous

      Because they know how to get **** to the consumer. Now that they don’t have to wait for an OS, they can just put one together and send it out the door.

      They other manufacturers are probably more worried about custom overlays and how to integrate their bloat without causing constant force closing.

      I’m still convinced the short supply of the original transformer was more due to the fact that they were already putting most of their effort on developing the second generation.

  • Glen E Ston

    Finally a tablet with some horsepower! This is why I have been putting off buying a galaxy tab 10.1.

    • Anonymous

      Why exactly? So a menu will pop up in .3 rather than .4 seconds? What are you thinking you need so much more horsepower on a tablet for… other than the obligatory bragging rights?

  • johnd

    I so want to find out about this thing, I am looking to by a tablet and this one looks like it may be the best, but I really hope it can coax some good battery numbers out of that beast of a processor because that is a big reason why I want one so that I won’t have to stay plugged in all the time like I do with my laptop.

    • http://profiles.google.com/hickhamt Tony Hickham

      i have the current gen transformer and it’s awesome on battery life… i can sit with it on my lap full bright playing poker or surfing all night and only use about 1/2 the battery after 2 or 3 hours….   so that being said, we usually get 2 days of use out of it before we charge because we only use it for 15 minutes here and there, but we definitely use and love it.. great alternative to a hot, battery sucking, clunky laptop when all you wanna do is check fb, email, surf around and play some words with friends… and i did my homework.. for the price, it’s the best value out there.. it actually had 3.2 before everyone else (that’s saying alot in the android realm) and it has pretty much the same specs as the galaxy tab and xoom… so with that in mind and knowing that only the samsung screws up and adds unwanted crap to honeycomb, the software is all the same… so you have to judge it on build quality and i can report that its solid! great build .. nothing seems loose, nothing about this tablet leaves me saying “well, that wasnt well designed….”  im really jonesing for the media dock (not the keyboard dock) that they’re apparently selling on german amazon… it’ll be nice to just “drop it” on a dock to charge and play music over the speakers i’ll connect to it…

      if you cant wait for the next gen, the current gen is DEFINITELY worth the money in my opinion…

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        I agree if there is one thing I love about these tablets it is battery life is awesome

  • Anonymous

    Sweet! Come on an hype it up so I can grab a dual core transformer for less!

  • Stelv81

    I have a dual core in my computer and it still runs great. How about focusing a little more on software and stop going crazy with the specs Android, that way we wouldn’t have to root 60% of Android devices to get them to work properly.

    • Anonymous

      because it is the only way they can hype up a tablet and hope for sales to go up.  just like the PC market.  whoa, dual core, GHz, quad core.  what is quad?  don’t know but I have to have it.

      no software needs this yet and by the time it does this will be main stream.

  • http://twitter.com/eclsnowman eclsnowman

    Yes, the Transformer is easily worthy to be the first with the Tegra 3. I have played with them all; Xoom, Thrive, Gtab, Galaxy 10.1. I still would take the transformer over them all. ASUS has gotten new builds out faster than any MFG (loving 3.2), the keyboard makes this a real productivity tool so I can leave my laptop at home when I travel for work (emails, simple word docs and spreadsheets), even pull up complex cad drawings on AutoCAD WS. And I don’t need to charge the thing for days even after watching movies. 

    Only major beef is still no Netflix (and don’t tell me to install the patch, I did… and it crashes more stuff than Netflix is worth to me by adding those libs).

    • http://twitter.com/eclsnowman eclsnowman

      I have the Keyboard dock, and love the extra battery life. But if any of you transformer guys want the perfect travel case look no further. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ECB3PU

      $18.95 with free shipping.

      Otherwise you could get this one for a little more + shipping. It’s the same case, but has a cutout so it can charge while the case is closed. http://www.amazon.com/BLUREX-Leather-folio-Multi-Angle-Transformer/dp/B005ESY8VA/ref=pd_cp_e_1

  • http://www.facebook.com/jude8 Jude Davis

    Ya dig! Way to step up Asus. Sorry moto “z”oom. 

    Now all we need is the rest of the specs and confirmation. :)

  • Interstellarmind

    if it sports ability to receive/ make phone calls… i’m all in.

  • Anonymous

    Just hoping they keep the ability to use the original base!  I will be in line on day 1!

    • Guest

      Assuming there’s a line. Hahaha

  • Anonymous

    That was a shot at battery mfrs. :P

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      I know, what a low blow!

  • Anonymous

    4G LTE Upgradable too?

  • http://twitter.com/willsours Will Sours

    I think when this comes out, the dual cores will finally be at price points I’ll buy one at.

  • The Future of Android

    specs specs specs, give me hardware/gpu integration and better code so I dont need to have a quad core to run just as smoothly as WMO7 or iOS

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      They both have there lag trust me….

      • TheAndroid1

        Not nearly as much.  Their homescreens, scrolling, and app switching are as smooth as it gets.

        Maybe there is a lag here and there, but nothing like some android devices.

    • TheAndroid1

      Nexus phones run great.

      Manufacturers are getting sloppy with their software.  They would rather put out fifteen decent phones a year than two or three really good ones.  They say their hardware is great (quad-core, gigs of RAM) to trick the consumer into thinking it will be a better/smoother experience.

      In a perfect world each manufacturer would put all of their energy into one or two great phones per year which work on every carrier, work hard to optimize it for the fastest performance possible, make the hardware really great, and leave it at stock android with maybe a new launcher (replaceable) with a couple of removable apps/widgets.

      Look how fast tablets like the transformer are getting updated, they are very close to stock so the updates can come fast.  The tablets are also fast because they are running stock (or very close to).

      • John

        I agree with both posts.  

        It’s a shame that for the most part it takes 3rd party developers to make launchers and ROMs that provide a truly smooth Android experience.  Literally, 17 year olds coding in the basement seem to produce a better product a majority of the time.  With that said, they do a fantastic job and my OG Droid running GB @ 1.1GHz is silky smooth.   

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    On egagadet there was this really cool graphics demo called “glow ball”.

    • http://twitter.com/KansasJayhawker Jonathan Reid

      Saw that too, it looks amazing!

  • Anonymous

    I’m all for it especially if they pump up the resolution

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