That’s not the Asus Tranformer, kids. That’s the Acer Iconia W500 10-inch convertible tablet with Windows 7. BHPhotoVideo has it up for pre-order even though it’s yet to be confirmed for the States. The listed price is $549, which is the same as the Transformer with the keyboard add-on and the Acer Iconia W500 packs the hot (not temperature wise, of course) AMD Fusion platform.
Besides the AMD C-50 CPU with a dual-core 1GHz clock rate, there’s a RADEON HD 6250 GPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 32GB SSD, and enough I/O ports to embarrass many netbooks, let alone competing tablets with HDMI, 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0. The product page lists the HD CrystalBrite 10.1-inch LCD with a 1280 x 800 resolution. A 32-bit install of Windows 7 Home Premium is the operating system of choice and the included keyboard dock includes a little mouse nub for natural Windows control.
There’s a market for Windows 7 tablets, but this seems more like a netbook with a detachable keyboard. It’s probably best to wait until some benchmarks hit before handing over your credit card for a pre-order. [Via NetbookNews]