Riding off the success of the Eee Pad Transformer, ASUS is planning a second generation tablet that could hit the markets this October.
Though most specifications of the device are uncertain at this time, rumors have suggested that the slate will be packing NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Kal-El Tegra 3 chipset, which offers a noteworthy power enhancement compared to the current Tegra 2 dual-core chip. The sequel to the Android 3.2-powered tablet will apparently be running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, the next major update for the operating platform.
We assume the keyboard docking station will still be offered with second device, allowing users to convert their tablet into an Android notebook. While none of these details have been confirmed by ASUS, the company’s Chairman Jonney Shih did confirm to Forbes that a sequel is indeed in the works and claimed the device is already looking “impressive.”
ASUS, having shipped around 400,000 units of the Eee Pad Transformer in Q2 2011, targets an estimated 1 million units in Q3.
Where’s the MeMO?
In related news, those who were patiently awaiting the release of the Eee Pad MeMO 3D will have to wait a little longer, or indefinitely, according to new reports that the launch date for the device will be 2012, if at all. Though no reason was given for the delay, a lot of 7-inch Android tablets have experienced setbacks due to the lacking compatibility for 7-inch displays in Honeycomb 3.0 and 3.1. The Honeycomb update to 3.2 is said to fix this issue.
Originally the MeMO 3D, which was unveiled at Computex earlier this year, was set to launch later this year. The tablet is supposed to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1.2GHz and a glasses-free 3D display.
A previous version of the MeMO was announced and demoed at CES 2011, though it did not feature a 3D display.