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Asus says original Transformer will get Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2011 - Thursday

The EEE Pad Transformer is an impressive and versatile tablet, and just because Asus is preparing a successor with an insane quad-core processor doesn’t mean it should be left behind. Fortunately, that does not appear to be the case: Pocket-lint is quoting a source inside Asus that says the original Transformer will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, the source didn’t give a timeframe for the software update.

Despite running on hardware that’s nearly a year old in development terms, the original Transformer is no slouch when it comes to specifications. The 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and a full gigabyte of memory handle Honeycomb just fine, and should be up to the task of Ice Cream Sandwich without any problem. It’s encouraging to see Asus confirm that ICS is coming to its current customers, especially after chairman Jonney Shih hinted that the upgrade could come before the end of the year.

Currently Google is expected to release the Ice Cream Sandwich open-source code two weeks or so after the Galaxy Nexus launches, and as we’ve been hearing for months, the new operating system is designed to play well with both smartphones and tablets. With the Transformer 2 announcement coming November 9th, it’s entirely possible that we could see the first Ice Cream Sandwich tablets hitting the market before New Years. We’ll keep you updated on the upgrade options for the Transformer and other Honeycomb tablets as news breaks.

Check out our hands-on looks at the Galaxy Nexus and Ice Cream Sandwich below:

Galaxy Nexus Hands-on

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Ice Cream Sandwich Hands-on

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Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Eee Pad Transformer
    Manufactuer : Asus
    Carrier : AT&T T-Mobile
    Announced Date : January 20, 2011
    Release Date : April 13, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 10.10 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×800
  • Screen Type : LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 10.67 Inch
  • Width : 6.73 Inch
  • Depth : 0.51 Inch
  • Weight : 680 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 6547 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 3.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS

Hardware

    CPU : Tegra 2
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32.768 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :5 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :


[via Engadget]

 

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Related posts:

  1. Asus – Transformer Prime, Padfone, and Ice Cream Sandwich all on the way
  2. ASUS Eee Pad Transformer might be the first tablet to ICS
  3. Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 Gets a Price Tag, Release Date Looms Closer – Is This the First Quad-Core Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet?
  4. ASUS Transformer minor OTA Update rolling out, Netflix now working
  5. ASUS Transformer Tablet receiving Android 3.2.1 OTA
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