The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet has been eagerly anticipated stateside since its announcement and subsequent Taiwanese release. The tablet features a long list of impressive features and also combines with an optional keyboard dock to operate in clamshell netbook fashion. The lingering question was whether Asus would price the Transformer to compete strongly with the iPad, which many Android tablet manufacturers have confusingly failed to do with their offerings.
A recent leak by both Best Buy and NewEgg.com have hopeful consumers giddy. Both retailers posted the same price of $400 for the yet-to-be-released tablet. These price posting have since been pulled on both sites and deemed "mistakes", but the fact that both retailers displayed the same price increases the likelihood that the price will be $400 and that these retailers released this information prematurely.
UPDATE: Engadget is reporting that the $400 (16GB) and $500 (32GB) prices have shown up elsewhere on the web, further increasing the likelihood that the Eee Pad Transformer will retail at these prices.
It was also revealed that the accompanying, optional keyboard doc for the Transformer will retail for $150. Some may find $150 for the a keyboard comparitively pricey for a $400 tablet. Similar third-party products for the iPad retail for around $100.
The Asus Eee Pad Transfomer is a 10.1" (1280x800 resolution) Android tablet available, as mentioned above, in 16GB and 32GB storage options. The Transformer will also ship with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual core processor, 1 GB of RAM, dual cameras and a microSD card slot.
If the $400 annd $500 pricing holds true, the pricing for such an impressively equipped tablet will be considered an aggressive move by Asus.