Asus Transformer Prime getting redesign to fix GPS and add upgrades

Asus Transformer Prime getting redesign to fix GPS and add upgrades
Asus has essentially acknowledged that it made a mistake in the design of the Transformer Prime by announcing there will be a redesigned Prime coming in Q2 with a couple extra upgrades as well. We haven't seen any demos or pictures of what the redesign will actually entail, but given why the Prime has been having problems, we can expect that nice aluminum casing will have at least a block of it swapped out for plastic. 

Other than the redesign, Asus is making this model of the Prime (supposedly model TF700T) a bit of a premium model compared to what is on the market now. Overall, the specs are the same as the Prime that's on the market now (model TF201), the same Tegra 3 processor, same dimensions, same connectivity and storage options. The two bumps that this model will be getting are in a 2 MP front camera instead of the current 1.2 MP, and the Super IPS+ display will be bumped up to 1920x1200 resolution instead of the 1280x800. It wasn't part of the report, but we feel safe in assuming that this model will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Unfortunately, it looks like the upgrades are bumping up the price a bit as well with the 32 GB starting at $599 and the 64 GB at $699. The new Transformer Prime is expected to be released in North America in Q2 of this year. 

source: Droid Life

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Transformer Prime
  • Display 10.1 inches
    800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    Other front
  • Hardware NVIDIA Tegra 3, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • OS Android 4.0.3



26. raziel5000

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah, its like designing a tablet with the power button hidden inside. I m pissed. I had my iPad 2 mounted in my van for my in dash GPS. Sold it and bought this pos I can't even get a GPS signal with. Now they are releasing a new tablet and we are all fawked because no one will buy these tf201 tablets from us and doesn't sound like Asus is willing to trade. And my tablet was 599.99 at best buy.

25. larry565656

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

I am a happy customer of TF Prime. Thousands of customers do not care about GPS issue in a tablet, in fact I heard my tablet has a GPS inside 2 days ago. I love the all aluminum body, soo sleek and good looking , much better than the original transformer plastic skin. What happened after antenna issues, dropped calls of iPhone 4 and terrible battery drain of iPhone 4S. It was hardware design flow of Apple for iPhone4. They told you to hold the phone in a certain position.... After the update from Honeycomb to ICS the TF201 OS is very fast and fluid, no lag at all. I checked WiFi range is the same or a little bit better than my phone and laptop, so no issue. If you don't like the product , do not order it or return it, but overheating and inflating issue about GPS spotty performace(I haven't checked that yet because I get fast position lock with WiFi at home) just leaves the impression it is a bad, faulty product which suspiciously leads to competition aid... Just a small number of computer geeks also are bashing about locked bootloader which, for average Joe, does not mean anything. For me it is the currently best tablet on the market, it is not perfect as it happens with all electronic gadgets, I love it, and yes, there will be better tablets in 3 months.

23. ppolando

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

24. Jimmyboo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

@ppolando - nice one ! I've been looking for something like this...get it on all forums - there's got to be thousands of unhappy customers. Lets face it, ANYONE who has one of these TP's should sign it or get "Gullible" tattooed on their forehead

18. pubnum

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I love these discussions as people whine about people whining. Let me simplify everything for you: 1. People pay $500 for a device that is expected to perform a function 2. That function, however small, doesn't work as advertised 3. Asus removes function from spec sheet after people buy prime 4. Asus brings about a new design to help with GPS when they can remanufacture the existing TF201 with a better back 5. Whether he/she wants to use GPS or whether GPS is important is not up to anyone except the person buying it. So don't whine when you personally don't understand or have no use for GPS on your tablet, because I'm sure others do. If you don't want GPS for you tablet, buy one that doesn't have it. As for those who do and expected to have it used on your asus Prime, you definitely have a right to whine, especially when Asus doesn't say anything...I mean $500 is alot of money.

21. Jimmyboo

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Absolutely agree - can't believe how people don't get this. Asus absolutely shafting their customers. GPS doesn't work so they remove from Spec. blaming the metallic casing?!?! Page 1 Chaper 1 Line 1 Large Font on Asus site re Transformer Prime... "STUNNING & BEAUTIFUL The metallic spun finish with ultra slim features of the Transformer Prime sets a new benchmark in the art of tablet" I reckon these HYPOCRITES need to make up their mind here...Casing;- Good or Bad Asus ? YOU TAKE THE GPS OFF COZ IT HURTS YOU BUT STILL EXPLOIT THE REASON IT FAILS ? Remove one, remove both - keep one keep both, then fix the fcuking problem or if you can't, make good to the people who have paid (or who you intend charging) top dollar for this flawed device. Until you do so you can stick your Ice Cream Sandwich where the sun don't shine until it melts

22. anas.haddadin

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

@ Jimmyboo, you know what is even more ironic ?? the slogan that Asus used to advertise the tablet " Paired and Primed to Perfection" I mean seriously?? how is it perfect? from where I stand, I should really think that they Should be sued for advertising something incorrect and leading ppl to buy the tablet. their excuse is even worse than expected from a supposedly well reputed company "the metalic casing" caused the problem? and so that means that the design isn't well tested, and God knows whatelse isn't tested in this tablet. Do we really have to pay for the company's mistake?? to be honest Asus just lost it's credibility...

15. larry565656

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

GPS is not a big deal in a WiFi tablet. You can use Google maps and location lock with your WIFI connection anyway. It is just a supplementary feature in a tablet (IPad does not have one in WIFI version) but people cry for everything these days...I remember everybody complained about original Asus Transformer is made out of plastic in comparison to classy IPad aluminum shell. Now people brag about all metal case and GPS functionality. There is not a perfect product in the tech world. Also there always will be better products coming in the next quarter or two. You buy the currently best Android tablet NOW or wait until the next quarter for more choices and options. By that time Windows tablets will be on the horizon and the choice will be hard again. I have ICS on my Nexus S. It is indeed smoother and more fluid than Gingerbread with some fancy new features. However version 4.0.3 needs some polish and work to fix small bugs and performance issues but overall much better than Gingerbread when it was released last year. Some apps also need to be updated for ICS as well as they crash or do weird things.

12. ryan5609

Posts: 107; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

I am waiting for ICS to hit the TF Prime to make my final judgments. I don't care about the GPS issues, I'll use my phone for navigation. If I don't like what ICS does for the Prime, I will sell it for probably a little more than I paid for it, or just break even. But cant wait for ICS.

11. brenner182

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

oh no you mean i cant use my gps wahhhhhh. Why the hell is gps in a tablet that size so damn important.. you really gonna use it that much? gonna buy a sweet car mount for when you are driving? Oh youre not? ok shut the hell up and quit crying about it then.

10. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Hmmm ... they are bumping up the display resolution ... There is no reason to ... unless of course a competitor was releasing a high resolution one too ... cough ... iPad ... cough ...

13. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Or... cough... Acer... cough...

9. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

You are guys are baby. The problem was the gps. No one use there tablet for gps. Stop crying. The new one has a better screen and a working gps big deal.

20. pubnum

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I want GPS on my tablet and I will use it. Sooo...uh, you're wrong?

8. cthunder

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

This is why you should never EVAR, EVAR buy a new tablet or smartphone until at less a month after it's released. That way (hopefully) most of the bugs will be fixed.

19. pubnum

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Thats why Engadget, CNET, and Anandtech never said anything about the shotty performance and people rely on their reviews. So what do you expect? In fact so many people are still hinged on buying this.

7. anas.haddadin

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Asus certainly is such a rip off, i bought my transformer prime already, i waited for a month and a half to get so disappointed by their mis-designed tablet and we get compensated by watching an upgrade being born without them compensating us... shame on you Asus shame!!

6. AgnesDay

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

If they can come up with a modification to the case that would fix the older models, it would make good business sense to offer it.

3. davin8r unregistered

but it isn't just a "new model". It is a model to fix the design flaws in the Prime. That's why i feel slapped in the face, after waiting so long and shelling out $500.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

My point exactly. This was the first Quad Core tablet and now not even a month after, they are making a better model because they messed up two key features.

1. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Is it just me or does anyone who bought this device feel like they got slapped in the face?

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because a new model is set to come out 6 months later? its just you. buy what suites you best and stop worrying about what's next down the pipe. its not like your QUAD CORE tablet is going to be obsolete any time soon.. geesh.

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

I think they mean the fact that there was essentially an "antenna-gate" problem with the Prime only this time it was GPS signal and you can't buy a bumper OR hold it differently to fix the problem because it's a major design issue. In this case I would be mad too.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

let me ask you a question. how often are you actually going to use GPS on a wifi only 10.1 inch tablet??? seriously.. mountain out of a mole hill.

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Agreed. The current transformer prime is getting an upgrade to help gps issues and can anyone seriously say they will use their transformer prime on their car dash board as a sat nav??!!! But as with most things with technology today you simply can't keep up with the updates. Best you can do is buy the best choice available to you at the time and also to suit your budget and be happy that you have a great product. With the rate of tech development today especially in phones and tablets you can be guaranteed that manufacturers already have semi or fully developed final products of phones which are much more advanced than phone models just literally only being unveiled at ces etc today.

14. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

You purchased a "leading" device right before CES, what did you think was going to happen? "Eh, they won't have anything new"?

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