Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 will cost $499
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has been one of the best selling Android tablets to date, and naturally Asus is hard at work on a sequel. The aptly named Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 is expected in stores before the end of this year (and, dare we assume, before the start of the holiday shopping season). Previous rumors talked about it being one of the first (if not the first) tablets on the market to sport Nvidia’s new Kal-El processor, which may be launched as Tegra 3 and will have five cores. Kal-El has been a very long time coming and Nvidia will probably do everything it can to get it into shipping devices in 2011.
Other than what you just read, not much was known about the Transformer 2 until today. Well, we did infer that it will feature the same form factor as its predecessor (otherwise the name would’ve been different), and it’s probably also safe to assume that it will be a 10-inch tablet.
But what about pricing? That’s no longer a mystery. According to DigiTimes, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that the Transformer 2 will sell for $499. Asus is not going to emulate other tablet makers’ behavior and try to sell the device as cheap as possible hoping to move as many units as it can. In fact, strangely, Asus will price the Transformer 2 at $100 more than the original. That may hint that the Transformer we all know and love (and which you can see pictured above) will not disappear from the market once the Transformer 2 hits. In a similar move to what Apple usually does with its phones once a new model is introduced, the original Transformer may be pegged as a lower-cost alternative to the Transformer 2 powerhouse. Time will tell.