If DigiTimes is correct (which they have been known to be), the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has been doing pretty well and we can expect a successor later this year. Reports indicate that Asus has shipped 400,000 Transformers in the first half of 2011, making it the most shipped Android tablet so far this year. The tablet make isn’t stopping with the flood of good reviews though, as they are already in the works to bring a ‘part two’ that will include a Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich. What’s even more interesting is that the tablet is set to launch sometime in October at the earliest, which means ICS could have a much quicker release than Google had told us.
Don’t think that Asus is stopping with just a next-generation Transformer though. Asus has become the largest client for NVIDIA’s ARM-based CPUs with Asus expected to place 2.5 million orders for Tegra 2/3 chipsets in 2011. Those chips will be put into the Eee Pad Slider (expected July release, pricing around $650-800), as well as the MeMO 3D and Padfone. Both those tablets (or tablet/phone combo) are expected to come out in the late 4th quarter of this year, and will bring along Tegra 3 chips as well as ICS, like the Transformer 2. Sounds like we have a lot of tablets to choose from coming from, and they are looking to be some of the most innovative tablets to date. Is anyone else excited for some quad-core tabs to arrive?