ASUS CEO: Not Afraid of Kindle Fire, Transformer 2 Pricing Revealed

ASUS is a well known brand in the world of computer hardware, and now when we talk about Android tablets, we can’t continue without hearing the name ASUS mentioned once or twice. This year they launched two Android powered tablets, one was the EeePad Transformer and the other was the EeePad Slider. The Slider was launched a few weeks ago, but the Transformer has been around for a while now. Sometimes it’s considered as one of the best Android tablets in the market along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. We heard back in July that ASUS was shipping more than 400,000 Transformers every month. We also reported information about the Transformer 2. We heard from two sources that the Transformer 2 will be a quad-core tablet, powered by Nvidia Kal-El processor and word on the street is that it will be out this fall and cost around US$549-799.

Today, we received some good news relating to the Transformer 2 directly from the CEO of ASUS. He clearly said that they are not scared of the new Kindle Fire, which was recently announced by Amazon as a cheap Android tablet, and that they are not planning to slash the price of the Transformer to compete with the Fire. The Transformer is currently available for $399 and ASUS has stated that they are happy with the tablet feedback they received thus far. Shen also spilled the beans about the Transformer 2 and that it will cost $499, which is $100 more than the original. Seriously, I think it’s a fair deal because the Transformer 2 is expected to come with a quad-core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich, 10-inch touchscreen display, and a lot of other stuff. So under-$500, I believe it’s a perfect deal. Hopefully, we will hear something from ASUS at CTIA where Google and Samsung are also launching the first ICS device known as the Nexus Prime, or maybe there will be multiples ICS devices released instead of just one, you never know.

Well, at least Shen confirmed that there will be a Transformer 2 and what it will cost. Anyone planning on grabbing the Transformer 2 later this year? Tell us in the comment box below.

Source: Digi-Times via Droid Life

  • For $300 maybe. $500 is ridiculous.

    • Come on Will, ICS, Tegra 3, and a lot of other stuff is there. No doubt we all like cheap stuff but Transformer 2 kind of worth it, but if it’s not quad-core, then it’s high

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t like $500 then maybe a quad core processor isn’t for you. Don’t worry though. There are plenty of inferior dual core options. If they’re not yet, they will be available at $300 or less soon enough.

  • Tbagnall

    I want it. Very tempted by the original, but thought I would wait and see what was around the corner, and this will be it. 🙂

  • ANON

    GameStop will be carrying this device. It will come preloaded with games of course.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I plan on buying TF2…i hope they do the best they can to reduce the weight.

  • Doug Fiedor

    Although I would like a quad core Transformer it would only be for bragging rights.  The one I have now seems to be plenty fast for anything I do with it.   I mean, come on now, I’m not running huge corporate spreadsheets here.  Nor do I have plans to edit a feature film on the thing.  My Transformer runs everything I try on it just fine!   So, I’ll be using it for another year or two just the way it is. 

    Now, when they send ICS to me OTA, I might load that.  But otherwise, I’m very happy with what I’ve got and not changing a thing.  However, I might break down and buy a new router.  All the devices we have around here now can use “n” and I have a “g” router.  If the connect speed increase was noticeable, that might be a worthwhile investment.

  • Mrkwinters1

    I wish they would hurry up and give a release date…I was trying to decide between the Toshiba Thrive and the Transformer…I checked them both out at Best Buy…the Transformer has a better display and much better sound…I’m ready for the Transformer 2…

  • Anonymous

    Did the Asus CEO mention if the Transformer and Slider would be getting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich too? The latter’s only just come out, so it better do.

    It’s the Slider for me.