ASUS Announced details about the new Transformer Prime
Update 12/19/2011: The schedule is sliding a bit for the Ice Cream OS release for the Transformer Prime. It looks like it will be sometime in January, 2012 when the upgrade will be released for the ASUS products.
Update 12/14/2011: The Transformer Prime will begin shipping on Dec 19th, still on schedule.
Update 12/1/2011: ASUS announced that the Transformer Prime will be released for shipping on December 19, 2011, Pre-order now to get one of the first tablets shipped. Also, a video has been released by an Australian company showing details of the Transformer Prime tablet PC, see below:
Update 11/22/2011: The ASUS Transformer Prime is now available for pre-order.
Update 11/21/2011: ASUS released this video of Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in action on the Transformer Prime. The Transformer Prime will initially come with Android 3.2.1, however, they have promised an upgrade to ICS by the end of 2011.
The original Transformer tablet PC was one of the more successful Android tablet PCs released. Being a fully functional tablet with an optional full keyboard made it a very attractive product. ASUS is following that very successful product with an upgraded version which will also have an optional keyboard dock.
The listed prices seem a bit high at $499 for the 32GB model, and $599 for the 64GB unit, however, you need to consider the additional speed you are getting in a quad-core processor, and the higher amount of storage. The Keyboard dock is listed at $150, which makes the overall package a bit pricey. These will be snatched up by the more sophisticated users who need the ultra portability a tablet offers, plus the power and speed of a laptop.
The ASUS Transformer Prime is an quad-core powered tablet PC making it 5 times faster than the dual-core tablets. ASUS along with Motorola are expected to release quad-core tablet PCs in time for the annual holiday shopping.
The Transformer Prime is expected to be released with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) operating system, however, ASUS has said an upgrade to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available before 2012.
In addition to the optional keyboard dock, another feature which makes this tablet so attractive is the extended battery life. When you add the optional keyboard dock, you can have up to 18 hours of battery life, but even12 hours without the keyboard dock is pretty amazing.
Other features upgraded on the Transformer Prime include the camera (8 MP), and the ultra thin design (.33 inches thin). Here are the other specifications as announced by ASUS:
|Display||10.1-inch LED backlit Super IPS+ screen at 1280×800 resolution. 10-finger multitouch. Gorilla Glass; 178-degree viewing angle; 600 nits brightness|
|Processor||1.4 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor|
|Operating System||Android 3.2 Honeycomb; Can be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Memory||1GB DDR2 RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage capacity|
|External Storage||Add up to 32GB with a SD memory card + unlimited ASUS cloud storage|
|Camera / Flash||8MP rear with LED flash and auto-focus; 1.2MP front|
|Wireless Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1+EDR|
|Inputs / Outputs||3.5mm headphone/mic-in, mini HDMI, micro SD, internal mic, stereo speaker. On the keyboard dock: full size USB 2.0 port, and full size SD card|
|Sensors||G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, GPS|
|Dimension, Weight||Tablet: 10.4 x 7.1 x 0.33 inches; 1.29 lbsKeyboard Dock: 10.4 x 7.1 x 0.41 inches; 1.18 lbs|
|Battery||Up to 12 hours of video; 18 hours with keyboard dock attached|
|Other Features & Applications||Optional Keyboard Dock with QWERTY keyboard, trackpad, and full size USB and SD card reader, extends battery life by 6 hours; 1080P Video|