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ASUS Announced details about the new Transformer Prime

ASUS 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:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0D-mXIzlKc&feature=player_embedded

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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tAwHCDq-94&feature=player_embedded

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.ASUS Transformer Prime

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

5 thoughts on “ASUS Transformer Prime”

  1. In the specifications listing the ASUS Transformer Prime shows only one (1) ISB 2.0 port. Is that it? Surely there are at least two or maybe three. I want to be able to use a cordless mouse through the USB as well as a flash drive and maybe something else. Did I read it worng or is it just one?

  2. Yes, this is correct, the tablet itself only has a single USB port on it. An addition USB port can be gained by plugging the tablet into the keyboard dock. I should point out that Android does not support the USB devices you mentioned (mouse and flash drive). Currently, a USB port on an Android tablet can only be used to connect to a computer or camera. You can use the SD card slot instead of a flash drive. More devices can be connected via the Bluetooth connection such as a keyboard, mouse, etc.

  3. Hm, dass das kleine (32GB) mit der Tastatur ngbuedelt ist, finde ich jetzt ziemlich schlecht.Bei Engadget wurde den Einzelpreise heute bekannt gegeben. Da ist der Preis f r 32GB bei 499 USD, was etwa 350 Euro sind. W rde ich sofort kaufen. Wirklich. Die Tastatur kostet in den USA wohl 149 Dollar (circa 100 Euro), und die brauche ich pers nlich nicht. Tablet ist Tablet, Netbook ist netbook.499 Euro f r das Tablet alleine ist m.E. auch schon wieder zu teuer. Da muss ich mir das doch im n chsten Urlaub kaufen. Dr ben w re es dann samt Tastatur immernoch g nstiger als hier. >:-(Warum macht Asus sowas? 50% teurer als in USA ist nicht zu rechtfertigen.

  4. I just recieved one of these after waiting 3 weeks for delivery not from Amazon I am afraid as they didn’t advertise them at the time. When I opened the box, I thought something was missing as it is so compact. It matches the Transformer superbly as looks great. It has two USB ports, an SD card port and apower adapter port which is the same as the Transformer, when it is charging a small red LED is lit next to the port. The keyboard feels good and has some Android specific keys, such as the back key is in place of the escape key. The dock is clever in so much as it always directs the charge to the Transformer before charging the dock and can increase usage by up to 8 hours with the Transformer docked. All in all a well built, very useful addition to your EEEpad Transformer, recommended!

  5. First, the reason they didn’t get released sooner is because Motorola got early access to HoneyComb, that no other company got. These tablets were in the pipeline because they were shown off at CES, but they only had Android 2.2 on them (which maybe why they didn’t get much buzz) I’m glad to see the final price stuck, and the release date is good for what I wanted. The key thing between the Asus and the Acer is really the screen. The Asus is using the same screen the ipad uses (better viewing angle). The only bad thing with Asus is the front facing camer is 1.2 the Acer has 2.0. Not that big of deal when you get a cheaper price with a better screen. I’ll probably go for Asus even if I never buy the keyboard.

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