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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OTA Update Now Available for ASUS Eee Pad Transformer

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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All your questions answered: ASUS Eee Pad Tranformer with Keyboard Dock

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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.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.1 OTA update now available

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:

  1. Youtube Video interface updated (HD/Full screen button at the bottom instead of the left)
  2. Youtube HD in full screen appears to be smoother. Previously it lags a bit when viewed in full screen.
  3. Default Browser Quick Controls (Labs) updated. Toggling between tabs now comes with thumbnails
  4. Browser now comes with scroller vertical scroller
  5. Amazon Kindle, Movie Studio App, Press Reader & Zinio Reader now bundled (We didn’t notice this previously, can someone verify?)

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! 🙂

ASUS Malaysia offers special price for Transfomer keyboard dock to pre-order customers

Looks like ASUS Malaysia is trying to make amends on the blunders made earlier at the Eee Pad Transformer launch.

Pre-order customers will be getting a special price for the all important keyboard dock purchase. The dock retails for RM429 but all the 150 pre-bookers will be able to purchase the accessory for RM300.

Though this doesn’t mean that the dock will be available this Saturday. Instead interested pre-bookers will be required to put in a deposit when they collect their Eee Pad on May 28. ASUS Malaysia says that they will inform interested customers when shipment of the dock arrives before the end of June.

So ASUS Eee Pad Transformer pre-bookers, will you be claiming your pad this weekend? To those who are still on the fence, ASUS Malaysia reminds that unclaimed units will be sold to public after 12pm on the same day.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer: all 150 pre-order units snapped up. All important keyboard dock coming in June

ASUS Malaysia has updated their Facebook page to confirm that all 150 pre-order units have been pre-ordered. This of course doesn’t mean that the pre-orders will translate to actual sales because those who have pre-ordered still have the option to opt out of the purchase.

Also ASUS Malaysia has updated via Facebook that the all important keyboard dock is coming “early June” though details are still scarce. The update mentioned that stock of the dock will be sold together with the Eee Pad Transformer. There’s no mention of early-adopters being able to purchase the dock saperately and how much is it going to cost.

So if you’ve pre-ordered and you know that you can only collect your pre-order Eee Pad on May 28, would you still make the purchase now that you know that the Pad and dock is coming “early June”? Or would you wait just a couple of weeks more for the pad+dock to arrive?

The price of the standalone dock is an unknown but we know the price of the dock+pad. For RM1,799, you get the dock and the Eee Pad. That’s RM301 additional if you were to buy the Pad by itself. Question is, would the standalone dock be cheaper or more expensive than RM301?

We might just forgo the Eee Pad pre-order purchase and wait for the dock+pad to arrive instead.

With everyone update, ASUS Malaysia makes if even more difficult for consumers to decide. It’s like they are deliberately sabotaging themselves.

And so our opinion remains. ASUS Malaysia could’ve done a better job with the whole thing. Though interest for the Eee Pad Transformer is still strong despite the many faux pas the marketing team has committed. Let’s hope they’ve gathered a lot of learning from this and make other launches awesome.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer now on pre-order. Could’ve been done better we think

The Malaysian launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is certainly out of the ordinary to say the least.

After creating some considerable buzz about its Honeycomb tablet with a countdown page on Facebook, ASUS Malaysian had gone and shoot themselves in the foot with a lackluster launch event that wasn’t a launch at all. The event was more of an announcement as no units were immediately available for purchase.

As if that wasn’t weird enough, ASUS opened pre-orders for the Eee Pad a day after the product was announced. We felt that it would be better to do pre-orders before you actually launch the product and have the product ready for purchase on the day of launch. It’s so much more conducive that way.

Then pre-order itself is messy. Firstly, instead of having a proper website to capture customer information for better management of stocks etc., ASUS Malaysia organised the pre-order on its Facebook fan page. To pre-order you need to type the following: “I Love Eee Pad Transformer! I want to pre-order the tablet now”.

There is no mention if variations of this sentence will be accepted as a legit pre-order or not and we’re not sure if it will be.

To pre-order head on over to this page. It’s no surprise to see that the page has more questions than actual pre-orders. The whole process is very confusing to a lot of people and it’s poorly executed.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer announced in Malaysia

After 6 days of suspense, ASUS Eee Pad Transformer has been officially launched announced in Malaysia. The event this morning was more like a press announcement rather than a launch since it is not available for sales.

According to ASUS Malaysia’s Facebook page, pre-order details will only be revealed tomorrow to the disappointment of many hoping to try out or purchase the tablet today.

Price wise, the 1GHz dual-core ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is going at RM1498 for the tablet only while a combo with the keyboard dock goes for RM1799 as spotted earlier by our sharp-eyed reader. The model which we are getting is the WiFi only version with 16GB of storage. It is interesting to note that ASUS priced the tablet only just RM1 lower than the entry level iPad 2 16GB WiFi model.

When they started their countdown on Facebook, there was quite an attention gained for this device. A dual-core device with a real physical keyboard, who wouldn’t be interested? After the timer ran out, many Eee Pad transformer hopefuls were disappointed that it was merely a media launch with no roadshows or sales activity on ground. This was a wasted momentum created by Asus which could have been translated to actual sales of the tablet.

On the pre-ordering, ASUS should have taken the opportunity to conduct a registration of interest during its earlier countdown instead of after the event. With the pre-ordering activity taking place only tomorrow, next question is when the Eee Pad Transformer be made available in the market? Hopefully we will get more answers tomorrow on ASUS Malaysia’s Facebook page.

Since we’re on the topic of Android tablets, wonder what happened to the HTC Flyer and Maxis’s RM199 offer?

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer pricing revealed

While we are about 6 days away from the launch of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, many are asking how much will it be? The affordable Acer Iconia Tab A500 is priced at RM1599 while the Motorola Xoom is priced at RM2099.

Someone discovered from the ASUS Facebook contest T&C that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer with the keyboard dock is priced at RM1799. Next to the price, it is written Approximate retail value (“ARV”) which we believe is the likely pricing at launch.

The model that is being offered as the price for the contest seems to be the 16GB version which is half of the on-board storage of the Acer Iconia and Motorola Xoom. We’re now wondering if ASUS will offer a 32GB version of the Transformer as well. If they do, we won’t expect it to cost much more than RM2000. Most likely it should retail for slightly below RM2000.

Despite the smaller storage size, the Eee Pad looks very tempting because of its very attractive price. On top of the 10-inch Honeycomb tablet, a full physical keyboard dock can all be had under RM2000. That is great value for money.

For more details on the specs of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer click here.

One of us is tempted to sell off our iPad 2 for this. What do you think?

Thanks to sharp-eyed zhenny at the comments!