updated 05:25 pm EDT, Tue August 23, 2011
Discount ahead of Transformer 2?
ASUS appears to have dropped the price for its first-generation Eee Pad Transformer tablets. The 16GB variant is now listed through Walmart's website for $350, which represents a $50 reduction from the $400 retail price, however several other online retailers still show prices ranging from $470 to $500 for the 32GB variant.
The company has yet to announce specific reasons for the price reduction, however recent reports suggest the company may be clearing out inventory ahead of the Transformer 2 debut. The second-generation model is rumored to be on its way sometime in the next month.
Owners of the first-generation Transformer have continued to receive attention from ASUS, with regular updates that have kept the tablet up to date with Android 3.1 and 3.2. The original is based on NVIDIA's Tegra 2 platform, while its successor is expected to be based on the quad-core Tegra 3 platform.