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Asus Transformer Prime

Announced
Nov 9, 2011
Market status
Released
Release date
Dec 20, 2011

Pros

  • High-resolution camera (8 megapixels)
  • Quad core processor
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (Micro HDMI (Type D))

Cons

  • Low pixel density screen (149 ppi)
  • Battery is not user replaceable

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Description

ASUS Transformer Prime is the first quad-core Android tablet sporting 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 video playback time. 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.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • Android (4.0.3, 4.0, 3.2)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 10.35 x 7.12 x 0.41 inches (263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 20.67 oz (586 g)
      the average is 14.5 oz (413 g)

Display

  • Physical size:
    • 10.1 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 149 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • Super IPS+ LCD
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camera:
      • 8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Features:
      • Autofocus, Touch to focus, Panorama
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
  • Front-facing camera:
      • Other

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • 12-core GeForce GPU
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB
  • Storage expansion:
    • microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Battery

  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer
  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

Multimedia

  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX
  • Speakers:
    • Loudspeaker
  • YouTube player:
    • Yes

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5, Flash
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Technology

  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS
  • Navigation:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Phonebook:
    • Unlimited entries
  • Organizer:
    • Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer (Office, PDF), Calculator
  • Messaging:
    • Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Push e-mail
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk
  • Games:
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.1, EDR
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Micro HDMI (Type D)
  • Charging connector:
    • Proprietary
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
    • Voice commands, Voice recording

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 09 Nov 2011
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This device is also known as Asus TF201


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Asus Transformer Prime 32GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

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