Asus Eee Pad Transformer

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Asus Eee Pad Transformer
ASUS Eeepad Transformer with Dock Keyboard.JPG
Asus Eee Pad Transformer with docking keyboard
Developer Asus
Type Tablet, media player, PC
Release date

2011-03-25: Taiwan[1]
2011-04-06: United Kingdom
2011-04-26: Canada, United States[2]
2011-05-07: France, Sweden

2011-05-24: Australia
Operating system Android 4.0
Power 9.5 hours; 24.4 Wh Li-polymer battery, 16 hours with dock[3]
CPU 1 GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2[3]
Memory 1 GB[3]
Storage Flash memory
16 or 32 GB, microSD slot (dock full size SD slot), unlimited Asus WebStorage[3]
Display 1280×800 px (aspect ratio 16:10), 10.1 in (26 cm) diagonal, 149 PPI[4] with Gorilla Glass
Graphics ULP GeForce
Sound speaker, microphone, headset jack
Input
Camera

Back: 5 MP autofocus

Front: 1.3 MP, for video calls
Connectivity
Dimensions 10.6 in (270 mm) H
6.9 in (180 mm) W
0.51 in (13 mm) D[3]
Weight 1.49 lb (680 g)[3]

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) is an Android tablet computer announced at CES 2011 and launched on 30 March 2011.[5] The Transformer design includes an optional docking keyboard.

Features[edit]

The Eee Pad is a tablet computer with a 10.1" IPS multi-touch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 800 and an Nvidia Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip (SoC). It has an 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi module, but lacks 3G connectivity. The price at launch of the Eee Pad was £379 (£429 with dock).[5]

Docking keyboard[edit]

An optional docking keyboard was available at launch. It features full QWERTY keys, trackpad, two USB 2.0 ports and one SD card reader as well as an additional battery that increases overall battery life from 9.5 hours to 16 hours.

The USB ports support USB memory of any kind and also NTFS-formatted media with files larger than 4 GB. Also the SD card slot supports NTFS-formatted media.[5]

The units marketed in Canada marked Canadian BI Lingual (CBIL) have a slightly modified keyboard layout in addition to support of accented characters. The Shift key and Enter key have been made smaller to accommodate two additional keys.

Software[edit]

The Transformer originally ran a modified version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb, but has since been updated to Android 4.0.3. The on-screen navigation keys (home, back, menu) have been skinned to resemble the standard Android phone keys.

The tablet is bundled with MyNet, MyLibrary, MyCloud, Press Reader, MyDesktop and Polaris Office 3, for full document editing.

The first software update was released by Asus on 16 April 2011. This updated the system with extra widgets for MyZine, which is a desktop widget shop, for weather, email, calendar, gallery, etc. It also added MyCloud, a remote desktop app.

As of early June 2011, Android 3.1 was released for the Transformer. It had general usability and speed updates, and added the ability to change the size of compatible widgets, added a large scroll bar to the browser, and allowed scrolling the currently open application screen, allowing many applications to be switched to quickly.

On 16 July 2011, another over the air software update for the Transformer was released. Beside the updates of the connectivity modules of the device, this changed the splashscreen, updated various apps, disabled the auto-rotate feature when the tablet is docked and added the Nvidia TegraZone market, with specific Tegra 2 units apps and games.

On 2 August 2011, the Transformer received updates to Android 3.2 and various minor changes. On 23 August 2011, the Transformer received another update, adding compatibility for the Netflix application.[6]

Asus originally stated the Eee Pad Transformer will receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February 2012, but when mid-February came and no update was released, Asus said in a statement that they would delay the release until sometime in March, due to the software still having to go through approval from Google.[7]

On 23 February 2012, the 4.0.3 update rolled out to Taiwan Transformers with US tablets to get it a day later. UK tablets received it on 26 February 2012.

Random reboot issues[edit]

Beginning in February, multiple online Transformer communities, including Xda-developers, began to cite problems with random reboot loops on the TF101 caused by Kernel issues with ASUS distributions.[8] As of August 2012, ASUS has yet to formally recognise exact issues and provide fixes.

Successors[edit]

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime was announced by Asus in November 2011[9] as the successor to the Eee Pad Transformer. A teaser video was released by Asus on 19 October 2011, showing a slimmer design and a rear camera with LED flash.[10] The tablet features a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 (Kal-El) chip by Nvidia,[11] 10 inch display, micro-HDMI port, SD card slot, 14.5 hour battery life, and has a thickness of 8.3 mm. The US release date was 19 December 2011.[12]

In March 2012, the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity was announced, which has an upgraded screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.[13]

Models[edit]

Model OS Display CPU Memory Storage Wireless Camera Ports
*dock port
Battery Dimensions
*pad+dock
Weight
*pad+dock
TF101 Android 3.2 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) screen NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-core 1.00 GHz 1GB DDR2 16GB/32GB WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz Bluetooth V2.1+EDR 1.2 MP Front Camera
5 MP Rear Camera
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
2 x USB 2.0 port*
1 x Card Reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)*
2 x Docking port (Host + Client)*
24.4Wh Li-polymer (pad)
24.4Wh Li-polymer (dock)
9.5 hrs (16 hrs with dock)
271 x 176.8 x 12.98 mm 680 g
TF201 Android 4.0 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) screen NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 Quad-core 1.30 GHz 1GB DDR2 32GB/64GB eMMC WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz Bluetooth V2.1+EDR 1.2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear)
Large F2.4 aperture (rear)
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
1 x USB 2.0 port*
1 x SD Card Reader*
25Wh Li-polymer (pad)
22Wh Li-polymer (dock)
12 hrs (18 hrs with dock)
263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm
263 x 180.8 x 17.3 mm*
586g 1123g*
TF300T Android 4.1 10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) screen NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30L Quad-core 1.20/1.30 GHz 1GB DDR3 16GB/32GB eMMC WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz Bluetooth V3.0+EDR 1.2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear)
BSI Sensor 5-element lens
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
1 x USB 2.0 port*
1 x SD Card Reader*
22Wh Li-polymer (pad)
16.5Wh Li-polymer (dock)
10 hrs (15 hrs with dock)
263 x 180.8 x 9.9 mm
263 x 180.8 x 18.9 mm*
635g 1181g*
TF700T Android 4.1 10.1" LED Backlight WUXGA (1920x1200) screen NVIDIA Tegra 3 T33 Quad-core 1.6 GHz 1GB DDR3 32GB/64GB eMMC WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz Bluetooth V3.0+EDR 2 MP Front Camera
8 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear) with Flash
BSI Sensor 5-element lens
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
1 x USB 2.0 port*
1 x SD Card Reader*
25Wh Li-polymer (pad)
19.5Wh Li-polymer (dock)
9.5 hrs (14 hrs with dock)
263 x 180.8 x 8.5 mm
263 x 180.8 x 17 mm*
598g 1135g*
TF701T Android 4.2 10.1" LED Backlight WQXGA (2560x1600) screen NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40x Quad-core 1.9 GHz 2GB DDR3L 32GB/64GB eMMC WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4 GHz Bluetooth V3.0+EDR 1.2 MP Front Camera
5 MP Rear Camera
Auto focus (rear) with Flash
BSI Sensor 5-element lens
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader
1 x USB 3.0 port*
1 x SD Card Reader*
25Wh Li-polymer (pad)
19.5Wh Li-polymer (dock)
9.5 hrs (14 hrs with dock)
263 x 180.8 x 8.9 mm
263 x 180.8 x 17 mm*
585g 1120g*

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Asus launches the Eee Pad Transformer in Taiwan by". Vr-zone.com. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Eee Pad Transformer has Arrived". Campuslife.asus.com. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Asus EeePad Transformer TF101 10.1 inch Tablet PC (nVidia Tegra2 1GHz, 1Gb, 16Gb eMMC, WLAN, BT, Android 3.1) with docking station". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Display Quality: Color Gamut". Tom's Hardware. 13 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Davies, Chris. "Asus Eee Pad Transformer first-impressions (Video)". Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Kellex (23 August 2011). "Asus Transformer Receives Minor Update: Netflix Support May Be Included, New Dock Software Too". Droid Life. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  7. ^ ASUS North America. "when will ICS be available for The original Transformer? Cant wait any longer!". facebook. 
  8. ^ bloover. "ICS boot problem". xda-developers. 
  9. ^ Darren Murph, 19 October 2011, Asus' Jonney Shih unveils Transformer Prime Android tablet: 10-inch, 8.3mm, quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3, Engadget
  10. ^ Chris Davies, 19 October 2011, Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 gets video tease, Slashgear
  11. ^ Mies Larsen, 18 August 2011, Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 Could Release with Quad Core Kal-El, PDF Devices
  12. ^ Engadget staff (1 December 2011). "Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime review". Engadget. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Billy Steele, 7 March 2012, The new iPad vs. the tablet elite: ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity 700, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Toshiba Excite X10 LE, Engadget

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