Looks like at least one company got the MeMO (pun intended) on tablet pricing - ASUS just announced that the Eee Pad Transformer will start at a mere $399. Now, that'll buy you a 16GB model; if you want to step the gigabyte count up to 32, you'll have to shell out an additional $100, raising the price to $499. Still, even when you take into account the fact that the $149 keyboard dock isn't included, that's not a bad deal at all - in fact, both prices shave a benjamin off what Apple will charge for an equivalent iPad 2.

More good news: there's no waiting involved, as the Transformer hits stores on April 26th. 

So what did ASUS sacrifice to get the price this low? We're still puzzling over that question - the spec sheet certainly doesn't show any weaknesses:

  • 10.1-inch wide-view angle 178 degree 1280x800 IPS display
  • 16/32GB solid state drive
  • Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • HDMI out
  • "Up to" 9.5 hours of battery life
  • Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)

There's no beating around the bush here; ASUS has a terribly tempting tablet on its hands. And even if you don't have the cash, you still have a chance at winning one via ASUS' Twitter/Facebook giveaway (see the source link). Good luck!

Source: ASUS via Android Community

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • CoZ

    Can't. Freaking. Wait.

  • stuart

    I land in america on 27th bet they're all sold out by then :-/

  • Simon

    what about back and front cameras?

  • Logan

    9.3hrs battery life is a reality, according to the Anandtech review. And over 15hrs with the keyboard dock.


  • L boogie

    Now that's temptation right there

  • Gab

    I feel so fucking stupid for buying the gtablet 3 days ago.

  • Taylor

    AP, if possible, could you confirm whether or not the U.S. model will include GPS? The forums are abuzz with conspiracy theories about this.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/jaroslav-stekl/ Jaroslav Stekl

      Pinged my ASUS PR contact, but no guarantees - he isn't exactly the most responsive of PR people.

  • Andre

    "So what did ASUS sacrifice to get the price this low? We’re still puzzling over that question – the spec sheet certainly doesn’t show any weaknesses"
    Asus doesn't have to pay an Asian manufacturer to make their products. They are the manufacturer. Motorola usually contracts out to Foxconn.
    I think Asus, Samsung, LG and maybe Huawei have a future in Android tablets. The only was that Moto can extract any margins from the tablet business is to launch with carrier subsidized versions first, but 80-90% of all tablets sold are wifi-only. They're better off sticking to cell phones.

    • MM

      That's a good point.

  • f3hunter

    This puppy just might be the one I've been waiting for. All the features you would expect in a device of this nature and a price that is finally reasonable.

  • MM

    Will you recommend to buy this table?