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: Ice 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.