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Asus Transformer Pad on sale this May
Asus has announced that its tablet/netbook hybrid, the Transformer Pad 300, will go on sale in the UK in early May.
The Transformer Pad 300 is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) tablet that comes with a keyboard dock that converts it into a netbook. At £399, it's a cheaper update of the highly rated Transformer Prime (£499),
Inside you'll find a powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor with a 12-core Geforce graphics chip to keep those HD videos running smoothly, as well as 1GB of RAM. There's a rear-facing camera (eight megapixels and capable of 1080p HD video) and a front-facing one (1.2 megapixels), too.
It's also suitably thin (9.9mm) and light (635g) and offers either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage space.
Its price matches that of an entry-level iPad and Asus clearly has Apple's market-leading tablet in its sights with this one.
The keyboard dock - which offers a multi-touch touchpad, USB port and SD card slot as well as a full QWERTY keyboard - furnishes the Transformer Pad 300 with a number of features not available on the iPad.
However, it can't touch the iPad's superior screen resolution, with Apple's device offering its 2048 x 1536 Retina display versus the Transformer Pad's 1024 x 768 screen.
You can order online from Currys or PC World from early May, with the product available in those chain's high street stores later on in the month. Other retailers will have it on sale from late June, says Asus.
The Transformer Pad 300 comes in three colours. The 'Royal Blue' model will be available at launch, while the 'Iceberg White' model will be available in late June and the 'Torch Red' model available in late July. The exact dates will be announced on the Asus Facebook page.