Transformer 2 with Tegra 2, Ice Cream Sandwich coming in Q3?

Asus Transformer 2 could launch with Ice Cream Sandwich

We certainly love to start our day with a good rumor, and that’s just what we are getting from a Taiwanese website that has some pretty strong claims about Asus’ next Transformer. The website says with the success Asus is experiencing with the first generation of the Transformer, – selling over 400 thousand in the first half of the year, – they areit is going at it even stronger this coming quarter.

. The tablet is supposed to get an upgrade from dual core to quad core, courtesy of NVIDIA’s third-generation Tegra processor, known as Kal-El. The upgrade will keep the clock speed at around 1 GHz, but improve multi tasking capability of the tablet. The processor will handle different application’s code and processes on different cores, which means you’ll get a lightning-fast multitasking machine.

The next version is also reported to be running on Google’s upcoming tablet/smartphone OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. This new OS will be cross platform and will unify all Android devices (tablets, phones, appliances). The updated system will get better Google services integration, new features, more functions, and a fresh look.

Putting the two rumors together, the Transformer 2 tablet is rumored to be hitting store either October or November. Google did not mention if the next version of Android will be optimized for quad core processors, but let’s assume Google is looking ahead and did make it optimized for next generation technology. If rumors are correct, this might bring Asus up to the ranks of Samsung and Motorola in the Android tablet world.

The company made the Transformer very competitive with the same features as the rest of the premium products, but at a price that didn’t make a premium look unrealistic. I am excited for this, if rumors are true, and I’m sure this will not be the last time we are going to hear rumors around this tablet.

[Via: AC]

  • ASUS: stop manufacturing laptops, PCs, netbooks, and everything else you do, and just make AWESOME Android tablets, and a few phones to go with them, too.

  • I held off on the first transformer because I wanted Asus to work the kinks out of their first android tablet. Speaker issues, screen bleed etc. But I will be the first on the pre-order bandwagon for the next one. I am hoping for a thinner, lighter, quad core beauty hopefully made from more premium materials to make the ipad look like garbage in comparison. The one thing I still can’t seem to grasp from the android tablet manufacturers is why they don’t match apples industrial design in terms of quality materials. They all have the capability and I would love to see a non crapple product with a premium fit and finish…..and a keyboard dock. 

    The ultimate (and it will get there) is going to be when Asus combines the padphone and the transformer to make it so there is truly no need to duplicate the hardware. The phone powers the tablet which connects to the keyboard. Apple will be totally caught off guard by that. I can hear it now “What!? You mean I can get a tablet for less than $300? And it is just powered by my phone? I am going to buy all the accessories now because I am saving so much money” lol

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