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Two-in-one: the Asus Eee Pad Transformer

<p>Is it a netbook? Is it a tablet? It's both!</p>
by Gelo Gonzales | May 26, 2011
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The tablet war heats up a notch as Asus launches the Eee Pad Transformer in the country. [firstpara] First seen in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the sleek and sexy tablet looks more than worthy to stand side-by-side with the biggest competition currently out in the field, including Apple’s iPad.

Its textured backside and compact form factor give it a strong dose of personality.

Its crisp-looking 10-inch screen that features 178-degrees viewing angles add to the beauty of the device as well.

And in a market where appearances do play a big factor, it’s going to have to be dressed sharply if it’s going to catch the eye of buyers.

But that’s not all there is to the Transformer. As its name indicates, this tablet has a very nifty trick up its sleeve: it can transform into a netbook. Just slide the tablet into the Transformer keyboard docking station, and now it’s a netbook.

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This versatility makes it appealing for those who want the use-anywhere functionality of a tablet, and the added ease-of-use offered by a true keyboard.

Asus also claims that the keyboard attachment increases the maximum battery life of the Transformer to 16 hours. The tablet alone lasts for 9.5 hours. Not too shabby, ain’t it?

The Transformer runs on Android Honeycomb, which is Google’s operating system optimized for tablets and is designed to give users a powerful mobile browsing, and casual computing experience. The OS runs smoothly too thanks to an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.

Other features include 16GB of storage, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, two cameras (a 1.2 megapixel webcam at the front, and a 5 megapixel camera at the back), and an HDMI port.

This baby will be on store shelves soon, so if you like what you read here, then it’s time to save up. The tablet will retail for 22, 995 pesos, while the tablet and keyboard combo will sell for 29,995 pesos.

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