Asus has managed what very few tablet makers have achieved this year, and that's to deliver something out of the ordinary. There are a few candidates worth mentioning, but the Eee Pad Transformer is undoubtedly top of the class for individuality.
And the good news is the second-generation transformer could be set to launch within the next month, if news we're hearing is to be believed. And better still, it'll have a quad-core processor on board. We'll say it again: quad-core.
So who is it bestowing this seductive nugget of rumourish wisdom on us? None other than LambdaTek, the online computer retailer.
It's an unlikely source, we agree, but the retailer has just stuck up a pre-order page for the Eee Pad Transformer, and while details are a little thin on the ground, those that are on display are certainly eyebrow-raising.
The big highlight is the mention of “Tegra 3”, which means quad-core processing smarts from Nvidia – if it's accurate. We're also told to expect a 10.1in screen, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and Android Honeycomb.
All of which is fairly pedestrian, so we'll go back again to that quad-core Tegra 3 processor – just because we can.
There's no image on the pre-order page, but LambdaTek says its expecting the Transformer 2 in stock as soon as November 7.
So the big question is: should we believe it? For us, there are two pretty big reasons not to. The first is that there's been no sign of the Eee Pad Transformer 2 anywhere else, and with a claimed shipping date less than a month away that's unusual.
And secondly, all road-maps we've seen from Nvidia suggest that the Tegra 3 won't be shipping in new devices until the new year.
So either Asus has managed something pretty spectacular, or LambdaTek has got its facts in a bit of a twist. We'd love it if it was the former, but we suspect the latter.