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GPS add-on solution for Asus Transformer Prime pictured

GPS add-on solution for Asus Transformer Prime pictured
Earlier this month, we told you that Asus was planning on sending out what it called a dongle, to help correct the issues that the Asus Transformer Prime has been having with its GPS functionality. Users of the tablet have been suffering from weak GPS signals, possibly due to the all metal construction of the device's body. A software update sent out to tablet users in January left the device even worse off with its GPS function..

Asus Transformer Prime with optional QWERTY keyboard

Asus Transformer Prime with optional QWERTY keyboard

As we noted when we first told you about the manufacturer's solution to the GPS problem, the dongle being sent was said to ,"... look similar to the hinge from the dock. Where it will be a flush fit on the bottom of the unit if held in landscape matching the color of your Prime chassis." This was according to the words from an Asus representative in touch with an owner of the Asus Transformer Prime, who posted the conversation over at the Xda-developer's forum. Another forum member who claimed to be testing the dongle, said that it was "very minimalistic and made to look like part of the Prime."

Land of Droid has obtained a picture of what it says is an Asus Transformer Prime with the dongle plugged in at the top of the unit. The add-on certainly resembles exactly what both the Asus rep and the person testing it described it as looking like. And no, it doesn't look like a traditional dongle. The GPS fix plugs into the data port on the tablet.

Asus is expected to make an official announcement later today (Monday) and will send out the dongle for free. Those who have tested it say it works very well and clears up the GPS issue for the Asus Transformer Prime.

source: LandofDroid via AndroidCentral

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posted on 16 Apr 2012, 03:36 1

1. evolutionqy7 (Posts: 38; Member since: 27 May 2011)

that looks horrible...

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 05:26 2

2. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Who really uses gps on their tab anyhow?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 06:31 1

3. TrainFromUkraine (Posts: 87; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)

Talk about half-baked solutions. This contraption covers the charging port meaning the GPS will drain the battery pretty quick. Useless.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 06:57 2

4. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

If you like the solution or not, at least Asus is trying to do right by their customers. Its better than giving away a 10 cent bumper and telling people they are holding it wrong.

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 15:27

7. stealthd (unregistered)

In other words: "BUT....BUT......BUT APPLE!"

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 07:33 1

5. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

I don't get it. This is supposed to be the best tablet available. Are products not tested anymore before they're released?

posted on 16 Apr 2012, 07:51 2

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

It's cool I guess. I have GPS on my GNex so I really don't think I will use this, but since it's free I guess I will give it a shot. I really have nothing to lose. I am glad that Asus is stepping up & taking care of their customers. Some other companies should emulate this. Apple I am looking at you!

posted on 03 Jul 2012, 17:26

8. imfasho (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

i thinking many of you are correct about this being a flooky fix approach but dont feel you're forced to use it. I too have never even cared for the GPS but i will certainly use it for better wifi range since its not only a GPS range booster. even if it does drain my battery faster, i still personally dont mind because although i use my prime all day I have yet to kill the battery in the last four months or so that ive owned it. plus the battery seems to report increasement by UK users who have already updated to 4.1 JB


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