ASUS Transformer Official Philippines Launch: SRP PHP 29,995 with keyboard

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Hello. Back in February I was able to get a sneak peek at the ASUS Transformer at the NVIDIA booth in MWC Barcelona. This wasn’t the ASUS booth — NVIDIA was showing off its new Tegra II mobile graphics chip running on the new Android 3.0 devices. Alongside the Slider, Motorola Atrix and Xoom, the Transformer from ASUS sat proud.

The Transformer is one of the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices to make it to the Philippines. In our local scene, it is this tablet alongside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (to be released very soon) and the iPad 2 that are currently waging the silent war for market share.

I have the official pricing:

ASUS Transformer w/o Keyboard Dock PHP 22,995
ASUS Transfomer w/ Keyboard Dock PHP 29,995.00

You can use this pricing as a benchmark as to how much cheaper you got it. I hear that an online forum is selling the complete set for PHP 25,000.

The Transformer is unique as it is currently the only tablet that comes with a keyboard dock. The dock allows the tablet to perform as a laptop and adds an estimated 16 hours of battery life to the unit when unplugged. Also, the dock comes with USB ports so you can transfer data into your tablet from an external drive.

When I featured the Transformer on my weekly tech show (watch ‘The Geeks’ every Wednesday 2-4PM at flippish.com/vjlive) I only had stock video from the press launch and some more videos from the NVIDIA booth back in February. Chris Tan, our producer had just recently bought one for USD $500 and showed it off. A summary of our feature:

- crisp, bright, screen; bigger than the iPad 2
- has problems transferring data from a Mac
- no 3G support; Wi-Fi only but easily remedied by tethering your phone
- can watch 3 movies before batteries fail
- HDMI out

Bottomline
Perhaps the only bad thing going for it is the fact that it doesn’t have a 3G counterpart unlike the new Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad. If you really don’t care for that, the Transformer is worth getting even just for the tablet only. But I’d honestly recommend getting it with the dock to increase battery life and so you can transfer data from your external drives. With the tablet alone you’re already presented with an amazing package of screen quality and features. In terms of audio, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has better external speakers.

  • http://www.joriben.com Jori

    wow! Like!

  • http://blipsnetwork.com Arbet

    Hmm….. attractive price, eh.

  • June Bancale

    The transformer is selling at 399.99 and the keyboard at 149.99 in the US.At 43 pesos per dollar, it is equivalent to 23,650; while here it will be 29,995. Seems unfair.

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    you have to factor in shipping cost and customs.

  • pj

    That is if you can find one. It took weeks for me to find one available. I just got lucky that someone posted in a forum that I was hanging out at that there were some available at a local store.

  • http://www.flippish.com Chris Tan

    Hey JV,

    Correction. i got it for about U$500, and not HK499 as stated in ur blog. if i knew its available in the Philippines, i would’ve just bought it here specially if they have a 0% installment plan.

    Nonetheless, I love my new transformer.

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  • http://blipsnetwork.com Arbet

    Saw one forum post selling this with the dock for ….. Php36k. :|

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    nyarks! di ba nya alam na andito na yung product officially?!

  • http://blipsnetwork.com Arbet

    Probably not. But I have yet to see the Transformer in any retail outlet.

  • NeedsToTransform

    When will the transformer hit local stores?!? I’m ready to buy and I’ve been visiting stores around the metro but to no avail…..:( can anybody relay the official release date in the Philippines?!? THANKS!!

  • dekw4tro

    Can it transfer files like movies downloaded directly from the Asus eee going to an external hard drive?

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    it should be available because the SRP was announced. give it a few more days.

  • NeedsToTransform

    I read somewhere its out on the last week of june?

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    could be … ASUS asked me if I wanted to order one last week.

  • diffuser

    I hear it doesn’t support ad-hoc wifi tethering. A limitation all android phones share.

    Still, I love this device. :)

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    what I wish it had was 3G capabilities =) no option for SIM.

  • Alain

    Will ASUS ever release a 3G counterpart for this? That is something to look forward to. :)

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    from the looks of it no because they just announced … the PADPHONE 0_o

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/30/asus-announced-padfone/

  • Ry

    I literally can’t wait for this device to come out in retail stores. I am DEFINITELY going to buy one! :) I’ll use this for my last year at college! :D

  • NeedsToTransform

    cmon this is my last year in UST archi release it

  • shotokan

    i bought this last June 30,,, together with Acer Iconia A500 as a gift to my wife… the gadgets looks cool. android version equipped with 3.0.1 and still waiting for both tabs update to 3.1.

  • Essey

    wer did you buy it?

  • http://www.abuggedlife.com Jayvee Fernandez

    HK

  • Essay

    I mean here in the Philippines where did shotokan buy the Asus transformer.

  • yumax_phl

    Too expensive! It’s only $350 dollars in the U.S. plus tax…but they’re selling the 16gb model here for the 32gb price. It’s supposed to be a full hundred dollars cheaper than the base model of iPad2. Fail! Waiting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1! Go Samsung!!!

  • richard

    Got my asus transformer on the first day of launch in the US, got the last in stock at frys:-P….and bought my sleeve in Macau when i was there 2 wks ago:-D

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