If the average consumer thinks about Asus tablets, likely the first word coming out of their mouth would be Transformer. Yes, the Transformer Pad, the original was the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, was a real innovation. It was ahead of its time really. Now these types of 2-in-1 laptops are quite common.
So how come there isn’t a ZenPad Transformer? Well, we should preface this by saying that the ZenPad 10.0 (Z300) is 10-inches, runs Android and does have a keyboard accessory. However, the keyboard for the ZenPad 10 is more of an audio dock. There is no trackpad (negligible use at this time) and no palm rest area. That particular design is more about the audio than it is about making it a laptop convertible. It’s close, but it’s not an equivalent to the most recent Transformer.
So what are we saying? We are suggesting right here and now, that the reason there is no true Transformer successor is because Google and their 2-in-1 Chromebook models which are coming to market very soon. Asus has been a good partner with Google and it’s natural for Asus to be part of Google’s ambitions on having Chromebook 2-in-1’s. It makes sense right? Docked, it’s a Chromebook. Undocked, it’s an Android tablet.
Given that it’s a virtual “sure thing” that an Asus Chromebook 2-in-1 is coming, it didn’t and doesn’t make sense to have a ZenPad Transformer. Do you buy into our suggestion or are we totally off base?