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Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet has Android 3.0

Tablets are big news this year with a range of different companies all clambering to compete with the phenomenally successful Apple iPad and ASUS is no exception as they prepare to release 3 different tablets over the coming months.

The one that we are concentrating on today is the Eee Pad Transformer, which quite possibly will become a common form factor for future tablets. The Eee Pad Transformer has a 10.1 inch captive touchscreen display and runs Androids new 3.0 operating system, but the best thing is that it has an optional QWERTY keyboard dock that changes it into a netbook.

The screen clicks in and out of the keyboard dock effortlessly, but once in the dock it has a battery life of 16 hours thanks to a second battery; the dock will also recharge the screen when plugged in. Other specs include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from NIVIDIA, 512MB or 1GB of ram, up to 64GB of hard disk space and two cameras; a 5 megapixel on the rear and 1.2 megapixel on the front.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity is included and 3G is optional if you need it as well as a microSD card slot for memory expansion. The keyboard dock has two USB 2.0 connectors and 93% sized keys making it easy to type on.

The Eee Pad Transformer is due out in early April; there is no word on price yet, but expect it to be competitively priced with the likes of the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab.