Asus chairman Johnny Shih was on stage last night at AllThingsD’s AsiaD conference and brought with him something special. After a brief conversation on stage, he jumped into a briefcase that he had carried out which just so happened to be holding the new Transformer tablet. Instead of Transformer 2, they are calling it the “Prime” (popular name in the Android world these days). It’s only 8.3mm thick, which is mind-bogglingly thin. For reference, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.84mm and the iPad 2 is 8.8mm.
Shih confirmed that it will run NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, has a 10″ screen, docks into a keyboard just like the original Transformer and will be announced on November 9.
Asus’ main man also confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich has a good chance at being on tablets before the end of the year. It sounds like companies are just waiting for Google to release source so that they can pump out updates as soon as possible. (more…)
With the promo video for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 leaking last night, plus the fact that head honchos from both NVIDIA and Asus will be speaking at AsiaD this week, we have been sort of expecting the Transformer 2 to be announced. To add to that theory, this new teaser video was just uploaded to Asus’ Youtube page, giving us a ultra-metallic preview of what may be. Their every-popular dock is featured along with the words “The next Transformation” – could they drop any bigger hints? No mention of the processor, specs or release, but they certainly want us to know that “it’s coming.”
The AsiaD conference is right around the corner (as in tomorrow). With scheduled appearances from NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, plus ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih, you shouldn’t be surprised if they unveil the Transformer 2 at some point. The device is rumored to be powered by NVIDIA’s next generation processor called the Tegra 3 whose code name, “Kal-El” has been the talk of the town over the last few months for its speed and power efficiency. (more…)
An overseas site had the follow up to the popular ASUS Transformer listed as a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core device, with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Word spread quickly and NVIDIA has since asked that the information be pulled from the site, but those actions have almost confirmed the aforementioned info. The site also listed the device to be available on November 7, which works in the same time frame that ASUS’ CEO, Jerry Shen placed on it just a couple weeks ago.
Chairman of ASUS, Jonney Shih will be speaking at the AsiaD conference next week along with NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang. We could easily say that we’ll be hearing something about the newest Transformer shortly.
Via: BGR, Tabletowo
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.