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

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. 

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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Transformer Prime
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / Other front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3, Quad-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC

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16 Comments

1. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

yea, doubt anyone will even look at the motorola xoom 2 Asus please take my €

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

14. firebo14

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

2. bincemathew

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Finally it showed up on phonearena too :D

3. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 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.

4. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

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

5. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

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

15. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

6. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

7. deivist

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 09, 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...

8. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 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...

9. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

11. twenti7

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

throw in LTE and i might pick up this beauty.

13. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 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

16. nickjjay

Posts: 79; Member since: Oct 10, 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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