Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet makes UK debut on 6 April with £379 price

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet goes on sale in the UK next week for less than £380, although you'll pay extra for its keyboard dock.

Asus has confirmed that its Eee Pad Transformer tablet will go on sale in the UK next week, on 6 April, with a £379 price tag if you just want the 16GB tablet, and £429 if you want its keyboard dock thrown in. It will be one of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets to be available in the UK, alongside the Motorola Xoom .

The Eee Pad Transformer will be sold through a bunch of retailers, including PC World, Currys, Comet, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and eBuyer, with the latter two already offering pre-orders for the device.

If you want one on launch day, the real-world stores are your best bet, as Asus says the first units will be available there, with pre-orders being delivered "shortly afterwards".

As we explained when we first got our hands on the device, the Eee Pad Transformer is a netbook split into two sections: the tablet/screen and the keyboard dock. One of the most innovative benefits is the fact that each half has an 8-hour battery life, adding up to 16 hours when you connect them together.

The screen itself is 10.1 inches across, with a 1,280x800-pixel resolution, and the ability to play HD movies. There's a 1.2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls, and a 5-megapixel one on the back for taking photos while the world looks on, wondering why you're using such a big camera.

The Eee Pad Transformer has a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor inside, along with Nvidia GeForce graphics. An SD card slot gives you room for storage expansion, meanwhile. Besides the 16GB model, we're also getting a 32GB version of the device, which will go on sale (without the dock) for £429 next week too.

Asus isn't the only manufacturer investigating this tablet with detachable dock idea: Lenovo's LePad will use a similar form factor, and will also run Android 3.0 when it goes on sale.

 

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