Asus Transformer closing in on iPad 2

The Transformer is a tablet that can dock to a full QWERTY keyboard and ‘transform' into a netbook

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Asus Transformer closing in on iPad 2 The Transformer can dock to a full QWERTY keyboard, 'transforming' it into a netbook
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  June 14, 2011

Asustek's CEO Jerry Shen has said that the company will ship 300,000 ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Tablets in June alone. This likely tops all their competitors and is only next in line to the iPad 2.

Statistics provided by PC retailers show that suppliers have reduced their shipment goals, whereas the demand for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer remain strong. The Transformer is a tablet that can dock into a full QWERTY keyboard and ‘transform' into a netbook.

Shen pointed out further that the company shipped 400,000 Transformer units in April and May, a figure that far exceeded their expectation of 300,000 systems for the second quarter.

He went on to say that the tablet will bring in US$86.7-103 million, which accounts for nearly 10% of the company's total revenue for June. He also estimated demand from European markets and mainland China would increase in the third quarter even though they have been weak in the second quarter.

The company is already working on a second generation ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, which it says will feature a slimmer design. The release date is scheduled for the fourth quarter, around the Christmas holiday season.

2251 days ago
Bergel

The EEE Pad is designed for people who want a thin, lightweight device that is relatively mobile and offers ultra-long battery life. If you don't need to use Windows style applications (90% of consumers), then this device is more suitable than even a traditional PC.

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