Original ASUS Transformer receives Ice Cream Sandwich update

By on February 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM.

Original ASUS Transformer receives Ice Cream Sandwich update

Last week, ASUS announced that the original Eee Pad Transformer would receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming weeks, a slight delay from the company’s original claim. The wait is over, however, and the update is currently rolling out over-the-air for Wi-Fi-only Transformers, according to forum members at XDA-Developers. Numerous reports have also indicated that the update is available in the U.K. and Canada as well. More →

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Ice Cream Sandwich update for ASUS Transformer delayed

By on February 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM.

Ice Cream Sandwich update for ASUS Transformer delayed

ASUS on Wednesday announced that the original Eee Pad Transformer will receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming weeks. “We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period,” said an ASUS representative on the company’s Singapore Facebook page. “You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.” The company previously assured users an update was coming in mid-February and that Google was in the process approving it. ASUS gave no reason for the delay. More →

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ASUS promises Transformer Android 4.0 update in ‘mid-February’

By on January 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM.

ASUS promises Transformer Android 4.0 update in ‘mid-February’

ASUS’s entry into the Android tablet world was reportedly a success. The Eee Pad Transformer was fast, unique, and it was among the most popular Android tablets to launch last year. The Transformer was one of the first to feature a unique dock that transformed the device into a netbook. For months the Transformer was on back order, with sales far exceeding ASUS’s original estimates. Even though the tablet is now considered “last year’s technology,” there isn’t much holding it back, except one thing — Ice Cream Sandwich. The original Transformer is still running Google’s buggy and unexciting Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, but ASUS has taken to the company’s Facebook page and assured users an update is coming. Google is currently in the process approving the update, and it should hit tablets in mid-February. More →

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Asus denies rumors that it may abandon Android tablets

By on November 18, 2011 at 5:45 PM.

Asus denies rumors that it may abandon Android tablets

Taiwan-based Asus has denied rumors that it is considering an exit from the tablet market next year. A recent report from industry watcher DigiTimes cited unnamed sources from within component suppliers in stating that several PC vendors such as HP, Dell and Asus might abandon tablets next year in light of the poor sales performance seen with most models. “As usual, the rumors and reports from DigiTimes are incorrect,” Asus spokesman Gary Key told CNET on Friday. “ASUS is not exiting the Android Tablet business.” The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is among a handful of Android tablets that have been well received by consumers according to reports. Shipments of the convertible tablet were said to have surpassed 400,000 units per month during the summer, and the slate’s quad-core sequel is scheduled for release later this year. More →

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ASUS quad-core Eee Pad Transformer 2 reportedly delayed

By on August 18, 2011 at 8:03 AM.

ASUS quad-core Eee Pad Transformer 2 reportedly delayed

The sequel to ASUS’ popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet was set to be one of the first slates to hit the market with a quad-core Kal El processor from NVIDIA. According to a new report from Fudzilla however, the convertible Android tablet has been delayed. The report cites multiple sources in claiming the Transformer 2 was set to be unveiled this month but has instead been delayed for “at least a month or a bit more.” No cause for the purported delay was supplied. ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer has been one of the more popular Android tablets to launch over the past year. Some reports suggest it is one of only a few such devices with sales that will reach up into the millions this year.

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'Non-Apple' tablet makers forced to cut prices following weak sales

By on August 16, 2011 at 5:15 PM.

'Non-Apple' tablet makers forced to cut prices following weak sales

While Apple’s iPad continues on its warpath, other tablet makers are not finding it quite as easy to offload their Android and Windows slates — which is understandable, considering they’re doing it wrong. While Apple managed to ship 9.25 million iPads last quarter and some retailers are still having trouble keeping inventory in stock, other consumer tablet vendors are reportedly having a difficult time pushing their wares past retail channels and into the hands of end users. Even the success stories among tablet vendors are exhibiting less-than-stellar sell-through, with companies like ASUS, creator of the popular Eee Pad Transformer, said to have left nearly 30% of the 700,000 tablets it shipped between May and July on store shelves. As a result, tablet vendors like Samsung, Motorola and HP will be forced to lower their prices in an effort to bolster weak sales, DigiTimes reports. HP has already offered two limited-time sales on its TouchPad tablet since it launched just last month, and now the company has permanently shaved $100 from its tablet’s price tag. Motorola also recently lowered the price of its XOOM tablet, leaving the 32GB model priced evenly with Apple’s 16GB iPad. DigiTimes says its sources are anticipating two more waves of tablet price cuts this year, one in September and another approaching the holiday season. More →

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ASUS may sell 2 million tablets this year

By on August 4, 2011 at 7:01 AM.

ASUS may sell 2 million tablets this year

Taiwan-based PC and smartphone vendor Asustek is expected increase its tablet sales forecast for the full year to 2 million units. Taiwan Economic News reports that the increased estimates would follow strong Eee Pad Transformer demand, as well as Asustek general manager Kevin Lin’s recent comments that ASUS was the No. 2 tablet vendor in Taiwan last quarter. Despite some reports to the contrary, most agree that ASUS’s Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been a big hit for the vendor. The company’s first Honeycomb tablet sold out quickly at retail locations when it was released earlier this year, and high demand kept shipments up for several months. ASUS also recently unveiled its second convertible tablet, the Padfone, which is expected to launch later this year, combining a 10.1-inch tablet with a standalone 4.3-inch Android smartphone. More →

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer shipments surpass 400,000 units per month

By on July 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer shipments surpass 400,000 units per month

Shipments of Asustek’s popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet have surpassed 400,000 units per month according to a report from DigiTimes. The industry watcher cites anonymous sources at touchscreen display panel suppliers in claiming shipments are expected to grow even further in the third quarter, possibly reaching up to 500,000 units per month. ASUS reportedly hopes to ship between 4 million and 5 million tablets across all of its models during the second half of 2011, and almost 3 million units could be Transformers if DigiTimes’ report is accurate. Analysts at J.P. Morgan Chase claimed last month that sales were slowing and ASUS’ convertible tablet was overstocked in some channels, but this continued high production volume would certainly suggest that the opposite is in fact the case. The Eee Pad Transformer is a 10.1-inch Android 3.1 Honeycomb tablet with a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that ships with a full notebook-sized keyboard dock. The slate can be used on its own or docked so that its function more closely resembles that of a laptop computer. More →

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Asustek issues Q2 guidance; 11% increase in shipments, 5% increase in revenue

By on May 6, 2011 at 6:37 AM.

Asustek issues Q2 guidance; 11% increase in shipments, 5% increase in revenue

While Acer scrambles to reverse the current negative trend that saw its PC shipments fall last quarter as revenue dove 56%, Taiwan-based competitor Asustek just issued second-quarter guidance that predicts growth in shipments over the first quarter of 2011. While analysts go back and forth over what the emerging tablet market’s impact on netbooks and notebooks might be moving forward, Asustek expects to ship 3.1 million devices this quarter, a 10.7% increase over the first quarter. While the company does plan to focus on tablets in addition to its core laptop business, it only expects about 9.7% of its total shipments — or 300,000 units — to be Eee Pad tablets. Asustek also expects revenue for the second quarter of 2011 to grow 5% to NT$77.6 billion. More →

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U.S. retailers quickly sell out of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer stock

By on April 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM.

U.S. retailers quickly sell out of ASUS Eee Pad Transformer stock

The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet with a 10.1-inch screen and an optional QWERTY dock, made its U.S. retail debut today, and it’s flying off of store shelves. Amazon and Target appear to have already sold out of initial stock of the unit, and Best Buy’s website currently says that the $400 tablet is backordered, too. ASUS announced the Eee Pad Transformer late last month, and it’s equipped with a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, and it’s rated for up to 9.5 hours of battery life. There’s no word on when U.S. stock will be replenished, although Best Buy’s “ship to store” option says the unit usually ships to the store within 3 to 5 days. More →

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HTC, ASUS delay tablet launches according to report

By on April 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

HTC, ASUS delay tablet launches according to report

Several companies have reportedly decided to postpone tablet launches as a result of concerns over the state of the industry and possible component shortages due to the recent earthquakes in Japan. DigiTimes cites anonymous industry sources in reporting that ASUS will delay the release of its Eee Pad Transformer tablet. The report also claims that HTC will push back the date it had previously set for volume production of its Flyer tablet, though it will supposedly still launch the device in the second quarter. DigiTimes also states that XOOM sales are failing to meet expectations, though we don’t think sales have been terrible so far and we also don’t recall Motorola ever having revealed any targets or estimates. In response to the report, HTC said its tablet roadmap had not changed, though the company did not reveal any details regarding launch timing. More →

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer offers Honeycomb and a convertible form factor

By on March 25, 2011 at 7:41 AM.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer offers Honeycomb and a convertible form factor

Ahead of a planned launch event next week, ASUS on Friday made its latest tablet official. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is a device we may not see much of stateside, but it seemingly has it all. The unique design marries a standard 10.1-inch tablet with a QWERTY-equipped hinged dock. When combined, the result is a full-sized touchscreen laptop experience that can afford up to a staggering 16 hours of battery life on a single charge. When apart, the Eee Pad Transformer becomes a regular Honeycomb tablet. Spec highlights include a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass-covered display with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution and 10-point multitouch support, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, dual cameras and an HDMI-out port. ASUS has not yet provided any details regarding pricing, launch markets or a release date. Hit the jump for specs and the full press release. More →

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ASUS unveils Eee Pad MeMO, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and Eee Slate EP121

By on January 4, 2011 at 7:31 PM.

ASUS unveils Eee Pad MeMO, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and Eee Slate EP121

On Tuesday, ASUS introduced four new tablet devices ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Eee Pad MeMO, Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and Eee Slate EP121 are the first of many tablets that will be introduced this week, and the gauntlet has been thrown down. ASUS’ offerings are stylish, functional and well spec’d, giving customers an array of choices to suit a variety of needs. Hit the break for all the juicy details including pricing and availability. More →

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