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Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory

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Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory
The first quad-core Android tablet - the ASUS Transformer Prime - got officially announced today, just as promised. A flurry of details came with the announcement, and it seems that Android fans should be very excited about what Asus and NVIDIA have managed to achieve.

First off, some specs, then some dance in the streets - the Transformer Prime sports a 10" Super IPS+ display with 1280x800 resolution and Gorilla Glass protection, NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD recording plus a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, SonicMaster audio, microSD slot and HDMI port, and quoted 12 hours of battery life, which turned out to be video playback time. Besides the Asus apps like WebStorage, MyNet, MyCloud, File Manage that will be carried over from the first Transformer, the Prime will have Polaris Office and SuperNote preinstalled.

The keyboard dock will cost $149 and add an additional 6 hours of battery life plus USB 2.0 port and an SD card slot. The Transformer Prime will initially have Android 3.2, but next month Asus will spill more about its plans for an ICS update. 

Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory
Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory
Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory
Asus Transformer Prime tablet officially detailed in all its quad-core glory
Now for some more in-depth details - the Super IPS+ display offers viewing angles up to 178 degrees, and the "Super IPS" mode can crank up the brightness to 600 nits, which helps in outside visibility, compared to the roughly 400 nits of the IPS LCD on the original Transformer tablet. Asus also claims that screen response time is now almost instant, compared to the first Transformer, and touch performance should thus be even smoother. 

Speakers are larger now, and the SonicMaster tech should offer "crisp and acoustically accurate audio". The 8MP camera has f/2.4 aperture and back-side illuminated sensor for better low light capabilities. The Transformer Prime is just 0.33" (8.38mm) thin, weighs 1.29 pounds, and the anodized aluminum frame will be offered in grey and purple, as well as gold and silver finishes.

The new Asus tablet will cost $499 for the 32GB version, and $599.99 for the 64GB version, which sounds about right, considering the specs. Asus also said that it is geared more towards premium users, while the first Eee Pad Transformer will keep being sold for the joy of mainstream users, as it might get its price slashed.

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posted on 09 Nov 2011, 03:13 6

1. deacz (Posts: 155; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


yea, doubt anyone will even look at the motorola xoom 2

Asus please take my €

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 08:08 2

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4172; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know, compared to the Asus Transformer Prime, I think Motorola should not even bother with the Xoom 2. I am now drooling about this tablet. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It's EXACTLY what I want in a tablet. To me it's perfect! Can't wait to preorder this monstrosity! The gold one has my eye! lol

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 18:05 1

14. firebo14 (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Wow, with that keyboard dock, it is no longer a tablet, it is now called a Latablet (laptop + tablet).

:D

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 04:07 2

2. bincemathew (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Finally it showed up on phonearena too :D

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 04:22 1

3. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


WOW. 8 mpx camera. Powerful little beast. I would rather have it with win7 but what the hell. It's great anyway. And because I like Asus products...it's tempting. My only concern is this quad core unit.
If it's not only marketing it would be the very first product to be worth buying when it comes to multi cores devices.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 04:23 3

4. shy2papa (Posts: 209; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Wow a tablet worth buying, cant wait to get 1.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 04:45 2

5. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


I hope when Windows 8 becomes available, Asus will consider making tablets with Microsoft's OS.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 18:21 1

15. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


I agree! I was hoping someone would state the obvious! Or it would also be awesome to have as a dual-boot device as well.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:05 2

6. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


lets just hope that with these fast growing epads, the era of pc does not end.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:14 1

7. deivist (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


Question: where's 3g on this ASUS?
It can be there, or all these prime models wanna go without SIM card slot and 3g? :(
It wanna be terrible...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:19

8. remyrz (Posts: 190; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


show us what real quadcores can do.. that i think is just more for gaming.. but i love to play games.. and I'll buy it...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:03 4

9. henrickrw (Posts: 407; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


I own the original Transfromer & it´s a joy. Let´s see how the prime lives up to the hype.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 09:53

11. twenti7 (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


I love my Slider, but I find myself almost wishing I had just waited a bit longer and bought this instead. Hopefully the ICS update will change all that.
Props to Asus tho. They know how to make a product that is not only beautiful, but beastly as well. I can't wait to play with one of these.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:38

12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5620; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


throw in LTE and i might pick up this beauty.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 16:56 1

13. blackrose (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I think this is the best tab ever better than the ipad and this will be my first tablet. Great battery life great camera great display runs android. And 5 core goodness can't wait

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 23:26

16. nickjjay (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Outstanding battery life. Its supposed to get 12 hours of playback as well as 6 more hours when the base is attached. I'm so excited about this product.

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