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Asus Transformer Prime unboxing

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Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
All that we can say at this point is finally! We’ve managed to secure our review unit of the highly spec’d Asus Transformer Prime, along with its very useful and expansive keyboard dock, which of course turns the typical slate tablet into a convertible style ultraportable. Perhaps it’s the allure of its solid industrial design that wraps consumers into its hypnotic gaze, or rather, it could simply be the fact that it’s the first tablet to market to pack along that truly next-generation quad-core processor.

We’ve spent a short time with the Asus Transformer Prime during CES, though, we have to admit, the busy nature of the entire event kept us from appreciating the all-encompassing aura of the tablet. Well folks, now that it’s in our hands, we’re dying to find out what the talk is all about regarding this top-notch Honeycomb…err…Ice Cream Sandwich powered tablet! As usual, the first thing to capture our attention is the meticulous design that Asus sought out with it, and in fact, we admit dearly that we’re smitten by it. Not only is it fashionably chic with its 8.3mm thin profile, but it’s also solidly constructed to embody the elements of a premium device.

Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing

Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing


Packaging wise, we’re instantly given a sneak peek into the razor thin construction of the Transformer Prime, which is in thanks part to the profile shot of the tablet seen on the front side of the box. Out of the box, it’s running Honeycomb, but as soon as it establishes a data connection, we’re asked to install the latest update – thus, moving it up to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich – so no wait whatsoever. For its asking price of $499.99, there’s nothing extraordinary included with the tablet, especially when it consists of the normal set of documentation, wall charger, and proprietary USB cable. However, Asus throws in a cleaning cloth, which isn’t much per se, but something that you don’t tend to see – and it’s specified to be used for wiping down both the display and metallic casing of the tablet.

Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing

Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing
Asus Transformer Prime unboxing


No doubt we’re curious to see what this tablet is all about, especially when it’s dripping from head to toe with some exciting specs – like its 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) Super IPS+ display, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8-megapixel auto-focus camera. Providing more functionality, the optional $149.99 keyboard dock not only doubles as a keyboard, but rather, it’s also an extra battery pack in itself. Honestly, the docked Asus Transformer Prime looks wonderful and is held tightly on with no worries of it coming off by accident – especially when you need to slide the latch to disengage it. We’re itching to spend more time with this baby, so we’ll surely be putting it through some rigorous testing to see where it stands amongst the great tablets out there. Expect our in-depth review soon!



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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 12:53 2

1. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


xD it's funny to see Phone Arena unbox something i've had for a week and a half now.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 12:55 1

2. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)


KITTY KITTY OOMMMMGGGG!!!!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 12:55

3. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


That tablet looks pretty nifty, i like to build very eye catching. Might look into getting one for school. What is the rating on battery life King, and how is it overall?

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 13:22

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you can expect around 8-9 hours with the ICS update.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:02

13. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's not too bad, is that with wifi on constantly?

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:46

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i was traveling when i was putting it through it's paces and i was using my Bionic's Hotspot for the Prime's data so no, not constantly and also what they say about the Prime having a tough time keeping a GPS fix and a Wi-Fi connection is true.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 14:54 1

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Funny if i am not correct phonearena posted an article stating android would always be laggy. Dont look laggy to me ;)

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 16:00

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5589; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this thing's power is not over sold one bit, it's ridiculously fast w/ ICS.
still an occasional force close but no lag.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 04:31

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Even the mighty iphone, pod, pad force closes.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 18:41

7. imkyle (Posts: 983; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Little disappointed in this device.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 20:11

8. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


I need review, please faaast :D !

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 01:16

9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


This tablet seems heavier than the keyboard dock. Not good... I'd rather have it keep it's balance while I use it, than it be extra slim.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 06:37

11. sorcio46 (Posts: 395; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Yes is heaver than the tab, but the particular element where you insert the tab in the dock raises the entire back part of the dock keeping it balanced :-)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:56 2

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2969; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


It cracks me up how people complain about devices that are light feel cheap and devices with great build quality are too heavy. Lol

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 13:03

14. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


cannot please everyone, just some.

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