The Asus Eee Pad Transformer has so far been one of the best-selling Android Honeycomb tablets. And for good reason too. It’s cheaper than most of its 10-inch competitors, while offering roughly the same performance. It can also be turned into a netbook by purchasing and using its optional keyboard dock. And it has been consistently (and quickly) updated to the newest versions of the operating system.
That last bit thankfully won’t change in the future. Asus has told Pocket-lint that the Transformer will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company didn’t provide a timeline for this, but at this point, mere hours after ICS was unveiled, it’s good to know that it’s coming.
The Transformer however is set to have a successor pretty soon. The (aptly named) Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 (seen in the images above, via Android Community) will probably be out by the start of the holiday shopping season. We’ve previously heard that its prices will start at $499, which means there’s a small chance that the first Transformer will also be sold alongside it as a cheaper entry-level option. We’ll see about that.
Asus has said that the Transformer 2 will also be getting Ice Cream Sandwich, though it’s unclear if the company meant to say that the latest version of the OS will be preinstalled, or if the Transformer 2 will launch running Honeycomb and will receive the update later. We’re obviously hoping for the former.
What’s pretty clear though is that the launch of the Transformer 2 is fast approaching. We say that because Asus now has a teaser video out for its upcoming tablet:
That’s a pretty sleek looking piece of kit. We’re looking forward to seeing it on the market and we’ll let you know when it lands. What you should know (and drool over while waiting) is that according to the famous Eldar Murtazin, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 will be the only tablet coming out this year with a quad-core processor. That CPU is almost certainly going to be Nvidia’s Tegra 3. In the past, we’ve heard mumblings about this being the case, but never from a source this reliable. So it’s pretty much a given at this point that the next Transformer will be the first to market having a Tegra 3 heart.
In 2012, according to the same Russian journalist, there will be an onslaught of quad-core Android tablets, just as you’d expect. If you’re impressed, consider that when Nvidia first showed us the Tegra 3 (then called Kal-El), it said it should be in shipping tablets in August 2011. The company obviously hit some delays, but the race (in terms of raw hardware specs) goes on, and on, and on. If you try not to get too upset when your shiny new toy becomes obsolete a couple of weeks after it was launched, you’ll notice that these really are exciting times.