Rumor: Asus to make Eee Pad Transformer 2 with Windows 8

Jun 14, 2011 by Katie Gatto weblog

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is one of the most popular models of tablet PCs on the market. The Android Honeycomb-based tablet is expected to become the second most popular tablet on the market, second only to the iPad family in popularity.

Rumors are floating around the tech blogs that Asus will create a Transformer 2 that is expected to go into production until 2012. This, in and of itself, is not surprising, most companies will continue the line of a successful product. What is interesting is that the rumors are saying that the tablet will feature not an updated version of Google's OS, but Windows 8. While Windows 8 is expected to be a much more tablet-friendly than Windows 7, one is forced to wonder why the company would switch off of a proved OS in favor of one that is untested in the market.

Rumors also state that the tablet will have keyboard dock, unlike its predecessor, which would make long-term usage easier on the hands. We will not know more about the system's hardware until the system is much closer to its release. Some bloggers are speculating that the company has been testing a version of the Windows 8 tablet OS on the current generation of hardware. Since the Tegra processor and built-in 1GB RAM would be sufficient to run the OS, this is not entirely out of the question.

Specifics on the release date are not available at this time. Neither company has currently released a statement to confirm or deny these rumors.

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epsi00
not rated yet Jun 14, 2011
one is forced to wonder why the company would switch off of a proved OS in favor of one that is untested in the market.


the rumor I hear is microsoft is paying asus to use its os. But it's just a rumor. I also heard that apple will be using android in its tablet pc.
jamesrm
not rated yet Jun 14, 2011
"Transformer 2 with Windows 8"

So like the movie "Transformers 2" you should dodge this like the plague :)

rgds
James
Drumsk8
not rated yet Jun 15, 2011
"Rumors also state that the tablet will have keyboard dock, unlike its predecessor, which would make long-term usage easier on the hands."

WHAT? I have a transformer next to me with a keyboard dock, the reason I brought this tablet! Please ensure your factually correct.

As to running windows 8 I am very happy to hear that this will be an option for the new version which of course will be running the Tegra 3 aka Kal-EL which is a very powerful quad ARM chip coming on the market late this year. Reason? I want office on my tablet, I love onenote and dearly wish the web app version was more inclusive of the features the pc version has.

So I will be watching this space with bated breath.
Brian_Geniesse
not rated yet Jun 20, 2011
your not kidding, Drumsk8. I was planning on getting a the first version of the Transformer, but now I'm not sure, due to the new quad chip. I would rather have the option of Windows 8 or Android OS, but I definitely prefer Honeycomb.......torn between T1 and T2........ugh, that's a lot of money to pay for something that will be considered obsolete by the end of the year.....I will have to base my decision on whether or not W8 comes on it or not.....

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