UPDATE: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA Update for ASUS Eee Pad Transformer now available. Update via About Tablet under settings.
ASUS announced via Facebook that it has started rolling out ICS OTA update for the Eee Pad Transformer TF101. Transformer users in Taiwan will be the first to get the update which will then be released to the rest of the world soon soon after that.
ASUS initially planned for the Eee Pad Transformer to get ICS in January but then delayed it till late January, mid-February, and then February / March. Still, better late than never.
Announcement on the ICS rollout from ASUS available after the jump if you want to take a look.
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Just a short update. ASUS UK via its Facebook page has announced the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will available for the first-gen Eee Pad Transformer. This is definitely good news for Transformer users in Malaysia as you can expect the update to arrive here as well.
No firm date has been given but ASUS UK says that they are aiming to release the FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) update as soon as possible after the scheduled January 12 launch of the Transformer Prime in the UK.
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According to Notebook Italia, the refreshed tablet will be making an appearance at CES and shall run on 1.2GHz dual-core snapdragon processor with 16GB to 64GB options. A 3D version is said to be available as well. With the Transformer Prime having the brushed aluminium body, we would expect the Eee Pad Memo to have a similar redesign as well.
Another device worth looking out is the ASUS Padfone which is expected to debut in February as well.
Retailing for RM1,699 for the 16GB WiFi version (there’s currently only one version available in Malaysia), the Eee Pad Slider is powered with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. Screen-wise, the Eee Pad Slider is identical to the Eee Pad Transformer with a 10.1-inch WSVGA (1280×800) IPS. In terms of connectivity, the device comes with a mini USB port, 1x Audio Jack, micro SD card reader, a docking port and a mini HDMI out.
Reasonable for a Honeycomb tablet with a built-in QWERTY keyboard.
Asus has started selling the Eee Pad Slider in the US with a 16GB and 32GB versions to choose from. Priced at US$479 (about RM1,500) for the 16GB version and US$579 (RM1,817) for the 32GB version, the Eee Pad Slider features an updated NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor (Tegra 250 3D) with an uprated CPU and GPU (1.2GHz and 400MHz respectively versus 1Ghz and 300Mhz on the Eee Pad Transformer).
Other than that the Slider features the same sized 10.1-inch IPS LCD screen, microSD slot and miniHDMI port as the Eee Pad Transformer (sans keyboard dock) but adds a built-in full size USB port.
The US pricing of the Eee Pad Transformer is very close to its Malaysian retail price so expect to see the Eee Pad Slider follow the same convention. In this case we’re expecting the Slider to sell for around RM1,800 for the 16GB version when it gets here. Only thing is, we’re not sure when it will get here, if at all.
In any case, who’s interested in the Slider? Sound off in the comments section.
ASUS Malaysia has announced via Facebook that the Eee Pad Slider is coming to Malaysia. This is the 2nd Eee Pad series of honeycomb tablets to enter the country after the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. No launch dates and pricing have been revealed so far.
Based on earlier specs, the Eee Pad Slider is powered with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and choices of 16GB or 32GB storage options. Screenwise, it has an identical 10.1″ WSVGA (1280×800) IPS. In terms of connectivity, it has a mini USB port, 1x Audio Jack, micro SD card reader, a docking port and a mini HDMI out.
We wonder which version ASUS Malaysia decides to bring in and for how much? In the earlier announcement, it was said to be priced between US$499 – US$799.
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We’ve just gotten our hands on the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer keyboard dock and we must say we are pretty impressed with the extra capabilities the add-on has to offer. While most keyboard docks are merely giving extra input, the ASUS keyboard dock offers 2x USB ports at both sides, a SD memory card reader, a touch pad, on-board battery and a full QWERTY keyboard with several hot keys.
Got a question for this Android Honeycomb tablet with its feature packed dock? Drop us a line in the comments and we will answer them as we explore more of this transformed tablet.
Keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com as we will share our views and findings for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer in a review soon.
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UPDATE: Listed some changes we’ve noticed below.
For the early few that purchased the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer last Saturday, you might want to check for the latest system updates for your tablet. ASUS has started pushing out the latest Android 3.1 update for Eee Pad Transformer. All you need is a good WiFi connectivity to download over the air (OTA).
To update, head to Settings > About Tablet > System Update. The firmware update is downloaded in the background and will prompt when it is ready to install. Be advised that you will need at least 50% battery charged before proceeding, so you’ll need to juice it up before hand.
We’ve managed to update our unit and the installation process took about 5-8 minutes.
So far we haven’t really notice any changes. One of the key features of 3.1 is the ability to resize widgets and support for USB devices. So far we haven’t resized a widget yet and as for the USB, we can’t wait to try it out when the keyboard dock is available sometime end of this month.
Some changes discovered:
After the update, the Eee Pad Transformer still faces the “This item cannot be installed in your country” problem with the Market. This appears to be a Market region issue which ASUS and Google are trying to resolve. For now, if you can’t download the apps via the Market, the next alternative is searching for the APK file online (e.g. Angry Birds APK) and install it manually.
Expect our hands-on review on the Eee Pad Transformer soon! 🙂
A part for from the price, the biggest appeal of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is the fold-able keyboard dock that effectively transforms the Transformer into a Honeycomb powered netbook. Currently there’s nothing like it in the market.
Come July this year, that will change. ASUS is on a device launch rampage and while the Eee Pad Slider concept was first unveiled in January this year, this is the first time a full working device is shown to the general public. And by the looks of it, the Eee Pad Transformer’s toughest competition will be its stablemate.
As the name suggests, the Eee Pad Slider is a tablet with a full slide-out keyboard. Specs wise, the 10.1 Eee Pad Slider packs identical hardware as the Eee Pad Transformer with Honeycomb 3.0, NVIDIA Tegra 2, 5MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera.
So what will it be? Slide or dock?
The ASUS Padfone wasn’t the only exciting device announced yesterday. Another Android tablet that was revealed is the ASUS Eee Pad Memo which is a 7″ tablet which brings a host of features for a tablet. As announced earlier at CES, the Eee Pad Memo runs on a 1.2GHz processor with Honeycomb.
So what’s new with this device? Firstly it comes with a unique looking remote/bluetooth headset which is what they call the MeMIC. While the tablet itself has a 3G SIM card slot, it is possible for the Eee Pad MeMO to make and receive calls while using the provided headset. At the bottom, there’s also a 3.5mm audio jack for a pair of headphones when listening to music.
On the tablet itself, the display pushes a rather high 1280×800 IPS display for a 7″ screen. That’s not all, the IPS screen offers 3D displays without the need of glasses. A capacitive stylus is also provided for the MeMO and it can be tucked in neatly into a silo at the side. No availability details are available but it is expected to be out sometime end of this year. Earlier on at CES, the pricing was said to be within the $499-$699 range (approx. RM1500-RM2100).
Head after the break for a hands-on video by Engadget.