Tablets and Phones Transform to Netbooks

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ASUS today began shipping the Eee Pad Transformer, its first real entry into the mobile tablet space. The 10.1-inch tablet features 1GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, a five-megapixel rear camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front camera.

Inside, there’s an Nvidia Tegra 2, a gigabyte of memory, either 16 or 32 Gbytes of storage, plus what Asus called “Unlimited Asus WebStorage,” a cloud-storage service. It both works as a true clamshell netbook with an extended battery life up to 16 hours, or as a tablet for up to 9.5 hours.

The Android 3.0 Transformer earns its name through the keyboard dock. Connectivity is maintained vua the 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. The also has a 1.2-Mpixel camera in front and a 5-Mpixel camera in the rear; a g-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, compass, and GPS are also included.

The Transformer’s 10.1-inch, 1280×800 display uses an IPS panel to give a more iPad-like level of output. ASUS also has its own custom interface, Waveshare, with a custom app launcher and quick access to cloud services. It already supports Flash 10.2.

The Motorola Atrix is a 4″ mobile phone with a keyboard dock. Available through AT&T, it’s powered by a Tegra 2 and Android 2.2, with apps also available at the AT&T AppCenter.

The Motorola HD Multimedia Dock features an 11.6-inch screen, with three USB ports and an HDMI portr. The dock has a full keyboard, stereo speakers, 36Wh three-cell battery that delivers up to eight hours of battery life and weighs just 2.4 pounds. Users simply dock their Motorola ATRIX 4G into the back of the Laptop Dock to turn it into an active, connected machine.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 12:23 pm .

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