Asus Transformer Prime to ship with Honeycomb, ICS update coming later
The Asus Transformer Prime has leaked here and there, and expectations for what is shaping up to be the first quad-core tablet coming with Nvidia Tegra 3 united around it featuring Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Google’s mobile platform, from the get go. ICS, though, might come as an update to Honeycomb, which will be initially pre-loaded on the slate, according to a picture posted by Asus Germany.
The Asus Transformer Prime showed up on images in the wild in the same successful form factor with a keyboard dock. The prime is styled to match Asus’s latest Ultrabook offerings with a shiny metallic body. The 10.1-inch Transformer Prime also has a pretty slim keyboard - only 0.33" (8.3mm).
Don’t expect any exact dates for the update, because Asus isn’t revealing any of that. What seems certain though is that the Transformer Prime and the first-gen Transformer will get spiced up with Ice Cream Sandwich only after the company’s Padfone arrives. And the Prime itself? The most likely release date for it is in early 2012.