Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet hits the UK

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer was unveiled at CES in January and now it is heading to the UK, the first Android 3.0 tablet to launch on these shores. Which has to be good news.

It's an interesting design too. Officially a 10.1-inch tablet, but if you pick up the optional keyboard base, it transforms into an 'old school' laptop. Best of both worlds, you could say. Plenty of features too. Within that non-slip, bump-proof, scratch-resistant casing you'll find a 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800, IPS touchscreen display, dual cameras (1.2-megapixel for networking and 5-megapixel for stills), Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, 3D audio and a built-in card reader. There's also an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 1080p playback and of course, Adobe Flash (10.2) support. This is Android, after all. 16 hours of battery life will be useful on a long journey too.

Apps aplenty of course, via the Android Market. But there's also plenty of on-board utilities to get you started, including MyNet to stream media easily around the home, MyLibrary, which consolidates all your reading matter into a single profile, MyCloud for easy access to cloud-based media, MyDesktop for easy connection to a 'home' PC remotely and Polaris Office 3 for dealing with your 'Office' documents.

The Eee Pad Transformer will be available from 6th April 2011, priced from £379 inc VAT for the pad only, or £429 for the pad and keyboard dock. The likes of PC World, Currys, Comet and Carphone Warehouse will be selling the device.

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