Jun 23 AT 9:42 AM Alberto Vildosola 19 Comments

Eee Pad Transformer: the most popular non-Apple tablet; ASUS already working on next one with Tegra 3, ICS

The non-Apple tablet world has a new king. And no, it’s not the Motorola Xoom or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It’s ASUS’ Eee Pad Transformer. According to Digitimes, the company has shipped around 400,000 tablets in the first half of the year, making it the “largest tablet PC brand in the non-Apple tablet PC group.”

I recently played around with an Eee Pad Transformer, and I’m not surprised to see it’s the most popular Android tablet. The tablet was the most bug-free and snappy Android tablet I’ve held in my hands. And of course, that $399 price doesn’t hurt either.

But ASUS is not resting on its laurels. The company is already hard at work on the next version of the Eee Pad Transformer. Supposedly, ASUS will use NVIDIA’s next generation quad-core Tegra 3 to power the Transformer Part Deux. And on the software side, the Taiwanese company will use Android’s upcoming version: ┬áIce Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly, Digitimes says the next Transformer tablet could launch as early as October. Meaning we could see Google release Ice Cream Sandwich way before the Christmas time frame, as previously thought.

Thanks to the success of the Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS will most likely become the largest buyer of NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 and 3 CPUs, with an estimated 2.5 million chips bought this year. The company will also use NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 in a Chrome OS notebook to be released later this year, for those of you who love Android’s little brother.

All in all, ASUS has a pretty decent line up of Android devices ready for the remainder of the year. Including the very interesting Padfone, which could be one of the first phones to launch with Ice Cream Sandwich and Tegra 3. What do you guys think? Could ASUS become one of the top players of the Android world? Their devices tell me they could.

Source: Digitimes

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Stang68

    While the Transformer looks really nice, the form factor of the Tab 10.1 is what drew me in. I had the XOOM but the weight and thickness made me return it because reading was almost a chore on that heavy device. The Tab’s weight and thinness is a thing to marvel at. If the Transformer 2 comes out with the same dimensions as the Tab, who knows? Maybe I’ll sell the Tab.

    • http://Website mikewong27

      who really care about the sexiness of galaxy tab? No micro-sd??? This should be a standard in All tablet devices!!! Samsung’s support for Android OS and their software is terrible!!! They are number 1 in the world for worst software support/OS support for their devices…

      As for quad core tablets? Do we actually need all those cores? Will the apps and games really take advantage all of these cores? Look at PC computers with Quad or 6 cores… not many apps and games utilize all these cores at all… In my opinion, dual core cpu is all we need for a tablet and PC computers..

  • http://None.com Kai99

    Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time handling more than one of these tablets can easily agree that the Asus is a great tablet for today.

    • http://Website Joshua

      And with little to no advertising in the US.

    • HipHopIsLyfe37

      Yeah dude I have a Transformer and it is awesome. A lot of my friends with iPads are somewhat jealous lol

  • http://Website Nanoman

    Friend of mine got his with the keyboard and I was very impressed with the performance. If they are working one with a Tegra 3 chip, count me in.

  • http://Website Joshua

    I love my Transformer, just hope they don’t forget to delivery Ice Cream to us original owners.

  • http://Website Ron

    I love my Transfomer. IMHO the keyboard dock makes it even more functional. I just hope the new Transformer will work with the existing keyboard dock, but I’m not holding my breath.

  • http://Website Vance

    Love my Transformer! I’m shocked and impressed that ASUS was able to deliver BASICALLY everything I was waiting for in an Android tablet. If certain Android Tablet apps would just improve performance and reduce force closures, I’d be in heaven.
    If you’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting, for a sweet Android tab in a larger form factor, take my advice and snatch this one up!

  • http://Website Vishwas

    quad-core Tegra 3 + Ice Cream Sandwich = I AM IN.

    Just can’t wait for it anymore. Go ASUS Go

  • http://Website ronabong

    ASUS ftw! I love my TF, and I am glad asus is pushing forward with the next TF2.

  • HipHopIsLyfe37

    Asus is on top of their game right now

  • vicw

    As soon as I saw the TF in January, I knew it was the tablet I wanted, and it has not disappointed. ASUS has delivered on this product, with great sales, despite early shortages, and almost no advertising.

    I love that much of the tech media continues to ignore its’ existence, while they are busy lamenting the disappointing sales of Android tablets generally. How many does ASUS have to sell before they, and the general public take notice?

  • http://Website Lucian Armasu

    PERFECTION! Yes, I think Asus will be one of the top players in the Android market, at least for tablets. They seem to “get them” better than anyone else. I expect Asus, Samsung and Amazon to be the top players in the tablet market, but Samsung needs to drop their prices a bit.

  • kcaz

    I had to send my Transformer to Asus for repair. I don’t know why and was kept in the dark by tech support, but after install the 3.1 update my screen stopped responding. Despite this little hiccup, my girlfriend and I love it.

  • http://Website Simon

    I’m really interested to hear about the lack of 3G in the eee pad transformer.
    Has anyone here suffered from this lack? or wished that it existed?

    Considering that some telcos are limiting the ability to tether from phones…

  • http://Website BarneyC

    400,000 units shipped and yet still we have no spare charge/sync cables on the market, cases are few and far between, the promised USB adapter has yet to actually surface…. and so on, a very typical Asus story unfortunately.

    The tablet rocks, I love mine. But if Asus don’t get their act together with those accessories, especially as they chose to go down the proprietary cable route, then my next tablet will not be an Asus.