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.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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  • jd092

    I can’t wait, I will have to decide between this and the original, but I know I will likely end up with the Transformer 2.

  • Junastorm

    Dude I’ve done about four weeks of research on the original transformer and now I’ve just found out about this new one coming out by the end of 2011, I think I’m going to wait for the new one even though its going to be more expensive maybe it will be faster, sharper and better overall.

  • Junastorm

    Dude I’ve done about four weeks of research on the original transformer and now I’ve just found out about this new one coming out by the end of 2011, I think I’m going to wait for the new one even though its going to be more expensive maybe it will be faster, sharper and better overall.

  • Junastorm

    Dude I’ve done about four weeks of research on the original transformer and now I’ve just found out about this new one coming out by the end of 2011, I think I’m going to wait for the new one even though its going to be more expensive maybe it will be faster, sharper and better overall.

  • Anonwanderer

    With Transformer 1, I felt it is a bit on the high premium comparing to the IPad2 very sleek design, excellent user experience  and the enormous amount of apps. Generally Android tablets just can’t yet compare in terms of value for money. I held off purchasing the Transformer 1, mainly due to its clunky feel, particularly with the keyboard attached. I’m particularly interested in using it with keyboard half of the time. If the new Transformer 2 is more sleek and thinner, it probably will be very tempting to pass over.  

  • None

    Kal-El has 4 cores not 5

  • Fatemuncher

    It has five. Four 1.5 ghz and one .5 ghz prossessor

  • BJ
  • Redseasplitter

    aaaa!! ive been wanting to get the 1 for a week now and then this ? but the extra hundred ? makes a hard choice i hope they add a lock screen button so it dont turn whenever

  • Anonymous

    Alas… guess I’m not getting this tablet then…

  • Luke Larsen

    cant wait for this tablet, i purchased the first model and i have no complaints. it is by far the best android honeycomb tablet on the market, no doubt. 

  • Luke Larsen

    cant wait for this tablet, i purchased the first model and i have no complaints. it is by far the best android honeycomb tablet on the market, no doubt. 

  • Anonymous

    I have the first one, and kicks major butt. I also have the dock/keyboard and it works great. I will no doubt get the next version when it comes out. Hopefully they wont delay this one and it will be out this year.