Windows 8 is still a long ways away, but a rumor has already sprouted that the next iteration of the popular ASUS Eee Pad Transformer could sport Microsoft’s tablet software.
According to the rumor, ASUS would actually launch two versions of the Transformer when it updates the device, and would offer an Android model that would be thinner and lighter than the current Transformer, while maintaining the same $400 price point. The other would run the as-of-yet-unseen Windows 8 OS, and would come with a higher price tag. How much higher, even the rumors do not say.
The Life of the Transformer So Far
The Eee Pad Transformer met with unexpected fanfare, and jettisoned up the sales ranks to become one of the most popular tablets around. While it obviously has only a sliver of the success enjoyed by Apple’s iPad, compared to some of its Honeycomb competitors, it’s doing quite well.
There are two primary reasons for its success. This first is its price tag, one of the lowest around for a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet. The other is its unique, optional keyboard dock, which gives the Transformer its name, and morphs the device into something of a touchscreen netbook.
Windows 8 a Good Fit?
Not much has come out about its next primary OS that will also be compatible with tablets, Windows 8, with one sneak peek providing the only real look. However, that short preview video and additional speculation point to a match made in heaven between Windows 8 and the Transformer. An OS made for both laptops and tablets meets a device that functions essentially as both.
Windows 8 is not expected until 2012, and there is still a world of time for this partnership between ASUS and Microsoft/the Transformer and Windows 8 to take shape.