Asus' new Android Transformer tablet going quad-core

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  1. gadgetrants

    gadgetrants Senior Member

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    The details are a little foggy -- but I think the T1 came out in March (?) at $399. Who remembers that?...and who remembers the absolute madness that followed? Go look at the discussions on Amazon and you'll see things like "WHEN IS AMAZON GETTING MORE STOCK???" and "SIGN MY PETITION TO BAN SELLER XYZ for CHARGING $450!!!" People were losing their minds. Almost as much craziness as the episode with the HP Touchpad.

    Sure enough, Asus ramped up production -- though again, look at the Amazon reviews in the second wave of shipments and it looks like there were some pretty bad fruit mixed in. But I think since June or July it's been pretty steady, smooth sailing. $400 price tag, and very few user complaints.

    Looking back, I have to admit I was pretty astonished about that $400 price point. Seriously, Asus made Acer and maybe even Toshiba poop in their pants -- eventually forcing them to offer these funky $50+ gift cards as an incentive (rather than just dropping the price directly). E.g.:

    Acer Iconia A500 10" Android 3.0 16GB Tablet + $50 Gift Card $400 at Newegg
    Toshiba Thrive 8GB 10.1" Tablet + $80 Gift Card $380 at Newegg

    It's interesting that neither Samsung nor Motorola played the same pricing game. I don't think those strategies really worked -- leaving Asus (my guess) with the highest selling volume and possibly the best Android tablet reputation, at least for price vs. performance.

    Anyway, that brings us to now. Looking at the T2, I really can't guess what will happen. History and reputation suggest that the T1 and eventually the Slider will drop down to $300ish, leaving the T2 to fall into the $400 slot. But my gut says no. If I had to place a bet, it will be that the T2 comes out at $499 and stays there through at least 2011.

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    Yes but with tablets like the Xoom family coming out at 379 or so Asus will have to compete with the bigger names and thus I htink they would continue their method of underselling the other manufactorers. With the dock and other accessories to guard against the initial loss on the machine perhaps I think they can get in that 3-400 range to remain attractive to customers.

    I think most tablet makers are seeing that to sell the quantity they expect they need to lower their prices and it is slowly starting to happen. You can not step into the iPad world and expect to sell for same price and steal their market share...
     
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    I think this kinda blurs the line between laptop and tablet. I don't exactly want a laptop with ICS, I want a full OS like Windows! That is where it would be more appealing with windows 8!
    I love the transformer and if I get a tablet it would be between it and the galaxy 10.1. I just always think of a tablet a an extension of my phone, not laptop...

    On another note, I think these expensive tablets are going to have to come down in price because of the new Kindle Fire. A. For the people who don't care about specs only price, or B. The ones who care about price and ICS can just root and install ICS onto the Kindle! (like me) ;)

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    I agree with your point, but can't get over the gut feeling that the T2 will be > $400. Maybe mid-400s like the Slider?

    Since we're discussing pricing strategy, if everyone will indulge me in some nostalgia, here's a post of mine from July 2010. I think your point about iPad as the standard is spot on:

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dr...s-k-mart-stores-week-149-a-12.html#post681196

     
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    the other question is, can tablet/smartphone mfrs keep piling on the tech, and charging premium margins for it, if we don't really need it? Aside from some specialized gaming uses, how much more powerful do we really need? Anything that doesn't fully bridge the gap to something that can dual-boot Windows and/or run full-blown Office is basically wasteful overkill. What's this quad-core processor really going to do for you, especially with only 1gig of ram?
     
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    I think people look to the tablet to replace a netbook or laptop when that is not the intention. I have a computer at work and at home. I will most likely always need to have them due to the type of work and analysis that I do. I want a tablet for the same reason I want a smart phone. To have some productivity gains but also for entertainment.

    I can more easily take a tablet into meetings for notes and while at home would rather surf the web or play games on the tablet then my laptop. I dont have a netbook as I never saw the need to get a second laptop essentially. A tablet has a lot more built in uses that I find value in.
     
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    Excellent question. I'm disappointed that iSuppli (or someone) isn't doing a lot more teardowns and giving the Android tablet community a better idea what the component costs are. A lot of people say "tablets should be under $300" but with the supposed choke-hold Apple has on some of the components (esp. screens and memory) it's hard to know what the prices "should" be. Too bad there isn't the option to go the Dell route, where you "design" your tablet a la carte.

    Regarding the quad-core question, I had understood that aside from speed gains (and bragging rights over the iPhone), Kal-El also does a better job with power management. But I recently joked that my T1 already gets 12-16 hours of use. At the moment (given I charge it every night) 24 hours of use on the T2 is not a feature I need.

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    I'm confused, where are you guys gettin 1gb RAM from. I didn't mention anything nor did I see anything of that sort mentioned on the source link I provided.

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    That's for a transformer 2...might not be the same as the tranformer prime

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