Remember the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer preorder news last week whereby 100 units of the tablet was sold out within three hours? Well, this afternoon, ASUS Singapore held a media event to officially launch the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. And you can get your hands on one from 3 May, next week.
Bernard Wen, business operation manager, ASUS, said that the company has hit their historical high in Singapore for the revenue and number of shipment for notebooks and netbooks in Q1 this year.
"It was quite sudden that tablet PC has become popular among end users. We are coming with this new product, with the aim to give more choices for consumers when they are out to buy a tablet PC with more functionalities. We don't try to develop a tablet PC with one model to sell throughout the year. We shorten the product life cycle but provide more range for the consumers to choose from."
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer that will be selling next week is a Wi-Fi only model, but according to Wen, the company will bring in the 3G model in the coming months. The 16GB model will retail at S$699, while the 32GB model (coming in third week of May) will sell at S$799. The 16GB Eee Pad Transformer with docking station will be selling at S$799 during this promotional period (U.P. S$898).
Serene Chiew, country manager of ASUS Singapore, gave a demonstration on the various features of the Eee Pad Transformer.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer comes with an optional docking station which offers the keyboard for convenience of typing messages and touchpad for moving the onscreen cursor. The docking station also charges the tablet when it is docked.
On the right of the docking station holds the memory card reader and a USB port. The opposite side holds the power and USB connectors.
The Eee Pad Transformer feels extremely solid, unlike some of the tablets on the market which gave a plasticky feel. It is powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, features a 10.1-inch (1280×800) display, 5-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front cameras, and runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
The power and volume control buttons are located at the top. The tablet also comes with mini HDMI, audio jack and docking connector port.