As is the case with any other major technology or launch, Taiwan seems to get it first. This time, it’s the new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets. VR-Zone is reporting the launch of several Android 3.0 tablets in the Taiwan market. A local exhibition has been on this week and many of the products powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform are being shown. Two of the most awaited tablets, the ASUS Eee Pad and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 were displayed. The 32GB version of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is selling for around $583 (Rs. 26,235) while the Acer Iconia Tab is selling for around $628 (Rs. 28,260)
Prices higher than expected
ASUS and Acer aren’t the only ones though. Viewsonic was seen showing off the 10.1-inch Viewpad 10s which too is powered by Tegra 2 and runs an older Android 2.2 OS. It’s priced comparitively lower $445 (Rs. 20,000). Clearly, manufacturers are charging a premium for the new line of tablets powered by faster processors. Apple’s new iPad 2 that was launched recently is selling for a more reasonable $500 (Rs. 22,500). Who would’ve thought that some day Apple’s premium offering would sell for cheaper than an Android-powered tablet. Clearly, the new Honeycomb-based tablets have a lot to prove.