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ASUS Not Scared By Kindle Fire Threats, Will Release Transformer 2 As Planned

Jerry Shen, the CEO of ASUS, has recently gone on the record about the new tablet arena that Amazon’s Kindle Fire has created. First off, he said that he has no immediate plans to slash the price of the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer to keep up with the Fire. We have already seen some companies do this in the wake of Amazon’s rumored 100,000 pre-orders of their new tablet, but ASUS says they are still gaining successful results from their tablets.

Shen also let slip that the upcoming Transformer 2 would be priced at $499, more than the $399 that the original Transformer cost you. This is not surprising news considering that it is rumored that the sequel to the Transformer will be the first tablet shipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. We have seen and heard some awesome things from that processor and we should be hearing more on the Transformer 2 in the coming months since it was supposed to be out this fall.

Via: Digitimes

  • drinkmore

    just remember that the samsung is 499 and the zoom is 499 and that is for dual core

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  • Pmcdeed

    this fall?

  • GetALife

    I just can’t over this “Wal-mart attitude” of all these posters. You want a corvette but only want it at a VW price. R&D cost money, advertisement cost money, construction cost money, shipping cost money, plus they company doesn’t want to go under so they have to make some kind of profit. No one is forcing anyone to buy this product. But remember “you get what you pay for” in life.

  • Notnow

    Idiots. If they think they compete with the iPad at that price point they are sadly mistaken. We are about to enter a new recession and just about everyone who can afford a tablet already has one. 

  • Anonymous

    .,amazing

  • Louie

    I love new products and all but once i get the nexus prime i dont feel the need to drop $400+ on a tab when my phone is so powerful and can do everything it can. If i had extra cash….. hell ya id buy every new tech product. For now ill be waiting for PRIME TIME!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I have an iPad 2 (from work) and a Xoom. I honestly don’t know what the allure of the iPad is over an Android tablet. There is nothing about the iPad that makes me wish I had it over the Xoom. I hate the portrait default layout, the apps that aren’t made for tablets are super small or super pixelated. The browser doesn’t work for me for viewing textbooks online, which I thought was a selling point of the iPad.

    I’m being serious here: What is the selling point of the iPad? Is it supposed to be apps? The logo on the back? The battery life? Someone please help out. Maybe I’m just holding it wrong…

    • Anonymous

      It’s the logo on the back and also that people think Apple products are more dependable than others..they are to a point. But Apple iOS products have always been limited and even though I have an iMac I cannot get myself to like iOS or Apples mobile products. Android has them beat, they just need to work the bugs out and be more dependable as a whole.

      • Anonymous

        What do you mean by dependable?

        • Anonymous

          iProducts have a controlled eco-system. Apple makes all the decisions. This makes their products limited but somewhat dependable. If something goes wrong, it affects all iUsers usually and they fix errors pretty quickly. With Android you have to worry about getting a horrible or buggy device and then you have to wait forever for the manufacturer or carrier to fix it, or release an update (fascinate, thunderbolt, etc). So when you buy an Apple product it may suck because it cannot do half the stuff that Android can but you know you got Apple behind you to fix errors and bugs (usually)

          • Anonymous

            Hmm.. I guess my Xoom has never had those problems, nor my Incredible (RIP) or my Charge. I guess I’ve just never stumbled into any bugs on an Android device that have been a big deal in anyway. I can’t even think of any small ones that bothered me. Waiting for updates, sure, but not really bugs.

            I guess it’s true that if you’re into downloading apps like Sexy Girls or whatever, there could be some big issues on Android. Luckily, I’m not a creeper. 

            If there is something really great about iPad, apps or otherwise, please somebody share with me. I’ve got this thing from work and I’ve really been trying to use it but it doesn’t seem to do as much as my Xoom so I never really use it.

          • Anonymous

            You are correct. The Xoom beats the iPad in every way. I guess I was just making a general point about the two OSs. You have had some pretty good devices. Hopefully you will never have to stumble across a totally horrible Android device like I did (Samsung Fascinate)..luckily my Inc2 is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Horrible decision Asus. No one wants to spend $500 on a tablet, especially when laptops are cheaper than that. The Fire may be very limited but I praised Amazon for the price. 

  • gimlet72

    The price will probably fall once there is quad-core competition hits the market.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if it is quad-core, I’m not getting it at $500.  If there are any of the dual-core models left and they go down in price, I’ll get it instead.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

    Bad idea Asus.  Bad idea.  You’re confident that you’re going to see tablets b/c the first did so well, but at $500?  I don’t think so.  Good luck.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/robert.macri Robert Macri

    Is that Ice Cream Sandwich?

  • http://twitter.com/James_C_L James C. L.

    While I’m excited for the specs, I think they are gonna miss out at that price.. Not that it isn’t worth it, but it will be hard to compete.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe (I know this is a reach but let me dream dammit!) he means that the tablet + keyboard package would be $500…

  • J Dub

    It’s Fall now. Also at $500 it’s not going to sell. That other tablet that dominates the market also occupies the $500 slot. This will be a hard choice for me to make. I was hoping for $400 so the $550 I have in my drawer for a tablet would get me the tab and the keyboard dock to give me like 20 hours of battery life.

    • hkklife

      Yes, it is Fall now and Asus is gonna fail hard. I don’t care if it is a hex-core CPU with 4GB RAM, $500 for anything not by Apple is destined to fail in the marketplace. Asus set a superb precedent with the $399 Transformer earlier this year and they should have maintained that price point no matter what. Better to hold the line at $400 than launch at $500 (or more) and end up in a clearance firesale a few months later ala HP and RIM.

      • Anonymous

        I still haven’t decided whether I want a tablet, but I’d take a quad-core at $500 over a dual-core at $400 any day.

  • Anonymous

    Dang, I really want a Transformer 1 but I don’t want to buy one then have the price drop in a month with the release of the T2