ASUS Unveils Eee Pad Transformer Prime, First Tegra 3 Tablet Hits December for $499
After showing it off at All Things D and releasing photos of it to the FCC, ASUS has officially announced the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. A similarly-looking sequel to the popular 10-inch Eee Pad Transformer, the Prime is the first tablet to feature Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 CPU.
In addition to its speedy new chip, the Transformer Prime has a svelte .33-inch thick chassis that’s much thinner than its predecessor’s .5-inch thick frame. Where the first-gen Transformer had a 5-MP rear camera , the Prime has an 8-MP lens with LED flash. ASUS claims that its new tablet will last up to 12 hours on a charge, 18 hours when attached to it optional mobile keyboard dock. Other specs include a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 IPS screen with 178-degree viewing angles and Gorilla Glass ruggedness, a 1.2-MP front-facing camera for chats, and SonicMaster audio technology for better music playback.
Available in either Amethyst Gray or Champagne Gold colors, the Transformer Prime comes standard with a microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack, and micro HDMI slot for outputting video. However, if you attach the $149 mobile keyboard dock, you also get full size USB and SD card slots.
With an MSRP of $499 for the 32GB capacity and $599 for the 64GB config, the Transformer Prime tries to outspec rather than undercut Apple’s iPad 2. The device will launch in December with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and then later receive an over-the-air upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Check out some more pics below.