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Asus Transformer Prime being released on December 8th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Nov 2011 11:17 User comments (15)

Asus Transformer Prime being released on December 8th There has been speculation for months on when Asus will finally release their much-anticipated Transformer Prime.
Today, it appears that date has been unveiled as December 8th for the U.S.

In Europe, the release date will be in January, dependent on what country you live.

Specs:

Nvidia Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processor
Additional 5th core to reduce power consumption when 2 or 4 cores are not needed
10.1″ IPS+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass and 178 degree viewing angle
1 GB RAM (LP DDR2)
8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with 1080P video capture and large F2.4 aperature
1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing
12 hours of battery life, up to 18 hours when paired with the keyboard dock
2 color schemes: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold
2 storage options: 32GB and 64GB ($499 and $599 price points) with expandable storage via microSD
8.3 millimeters thick, weighs in at 1.29 lbs.

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15 user comments

130.11.2011 12:16

It looks really good. why is there not a USB on the pad it self though I wonder? Seems like to me it would be a must have.

230.11.2011 12:34

Most likely due to size of the connector itself. Having a host USB port would force them to grow the unit's thickness.

330.11.2011 13:08

That is why I chose the Acer Iconia in May 2011, because I wanted a full size USB port on the unit (not on a dock). I can have 64gb travel drives up the wazoo and never need internal storage on my tablet, I sure hope Acer answers this tablet in the next 6 months as I will be ready for a quad core 2.0 ghz tablet next May to replace my Iconia (hopefully with 128gb internal storage)!

430.11.2011 13:17

Why do all of these tablet advertisements fail to list the software version?

I can assume, since it doesn't list ICS, that it is Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.

One might argue that the software version is the most important spec to list for comparability.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

530.11.2011 13:37

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Why do all of these tablet advertisements fail to list the software version?

I can assume, since it doesn't list ICS, that it is Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.

One might argue that the software version is the most important spec to list for comparability.
Or Even Gingerbread? What is wrong with you? The original Asus Transformer Was Released with Honeycomb 3.0.1 in like May. Why would they release the Transformer Prime 7 months later with Gingerbread?

I already put my Original Transformer for sale and preordered the Prime. The Transformer has been the best Tablet released and ASUS has been amazing with the updates, usually a week or two after the update is released or after a flagship like the Xoom gets it. We got 3.1 at least a month before the Acer Iconia and what's up with the USB talk again? I have NEVER used the 2 USB ports in the dock. When I first got it I tested a mouse, a USB drive, I even plugged in my PS3 controller, all worked well. But then I never used it again. I have the internal memory + 16 Gb Micro SD and I transfer all my files via WiFi so no need to connect anything. Still nice to have so I think the new dock is thinner and only has 1 USB port but that doesn't bother me cause again I never used them.

Thank You Asus for being awesome and cutting edge and providing such amazing support and updates for the best tablet ever created.

I would like to know the resolution though, if it records 1080p, does it display 1080p?

Also ASUS has stated it will receive ICS probably in the Q1 2012. Or maybe it will have ICS, who knows!!
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630.11.2011 13:47
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Originally posted by ThePastor:
Why do all of these tablet advertisements fail to list the software version?

I can assume, since it doesn't list ICS, that it is Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.

One might argue that the software version is the most important spec to list for comparability.
Why as Android is so customizable? If you don't like it install a custom ROM its not like replacing the screen/RAM/internal storage?

730.11.2011 13:53

Originally posted by favosys1:
Originally posted by ThePastor:
Why do all of these tablet advertisements fail to list the software version?

I can assume, since it doesn't list ICS, that it is Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.

One might argue that the software version is the most important spec to list for comparability.
Or Even Gingerbread? What is wrong with you? The original Asus Transformer Was Released with Honeycomb 3.0.1 in like May. Why would they release the Transformer Prime 7 months later with Gingerbread?

I already put my Original Transformer for sale and preordered the Prime. The Transformer has been the best Tablet released and ASUS has been amazing with the updates, usually a week or two after the update is released or after a flagship like the Xoom gets it. We got 3.1 at least a month before the Acer Iconia and what's up with the USB talk again? I have NEVER used the 2 USB ports in the dock. When I first got it I tested a mouse, a USB drive, I even plugged in my PS3 controller, all worked well. But then I never used it again. I have the internal memory + 16 Gb Micro SD and I transfer all my files via WiFi so no need to connect anything. Still nice to have so I think the new dock is thinner and only has 1 USB port but that doesn't bother me cause again I never used them.

Thank You Asus for being awesome and cutting edge and providing such amazing support and updates for the best tablet ever created.

I would like to know the resolution though, if it records 1080p, does it display 1080p?

Also ASUS has stated it will receive ICS probably in the Q1 2012. Or maybe it will have ICS, who knows!!
EDIT

Ok just watched the video which has full specs at the end, resolution is 1280 x 800 and O.S is Honeycomb 3.2 upgradable to ICS 4.0

830.11.2011 14:01

Originally posted by ThePastor:
Why do all of these tablet advertisements fail to list the software version?

I can assume, since it doesn't list ICS, that it is Honeycomb or even Gingerbread.

One might argue that the software version is the most important spec to list for comparability.
It was in the video, but forgot to add it, sorry, it Android 3.2 with upgrade to ICS likely in February.

930.11.2011 15:20

All "love" for Asus asside, ;)
All I was trying to say is that I've seen releases for phone and tablets all over the place and they all say... ICS comming soon.

I'm sorry, but I don't trust a single one of these manufactures when it comes to that. Their track record is terrible!

I'm sitting on a Logitech Revue unit that has been promising Honeycomb for a year now. Still waiting.

For me it's current software UP FRONT or nothing at all.

Maybe things will be different in the future, but right now there is just too much difference between the versions. The "Most current" is critical.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

101.12.2011 10:30

Don't worry they'll be something wrong with it and it'll be up for fire sale in a month lol.

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If its got tits tires or electronics its gonna give ya problems

111.12.2011 10:49

Originally posted by XdjxedxdX:
Don't worry they'll be something wrong with it and it'll be up for fire sale in a month lol.
I think your confusing the amazing Asus transformer with all the other crappy tablets. All the tablets went down in price at least 50 bucks and then much more. The Asus Transformer was the only Tablet that kept it's price and went down at most 20 dollars (excluding black friday sales obviously). This is obvious since the Trnasformer is the best tablet ever made (excluding the prime) and it was the best tablet ever priced being from the start $100 dollars cheaper then the other lame tablets. So at an amazing price, amazing value, amazing quality, an exclusive actually useful dock, constant timely updates and great support there was a constant demand and therefore it has been a huge success.

So please don't put the Transformer in with the bunch.
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121.12.2011 12:14

Hopefully the original or prime will get cheaper by next summer. It has great value but not trying to spend 499 on a tablet


"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

131.12.2011 12:16

Originally posted by plutonash:
Hopefully the original or prime will get cheaper by next summer. It has great value but not trying to spend 499 on a tablet
The original Tansformer was $400, up to recently it was $380. Now I guess they're not ordering any more since the new Prime is coming out so now the resellers are starting to increase the price. It is now $404 on Amazon by a reseller.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 01 Dec 2011 @ 12:17

141.12.2011 12:44

Originally posted by favosys1:
Originally posted by plutonash:
Hopefully the original or prime will get cheaper by next summer. It has great value but not trying to spend 499 on a tablet
The original Tansformer was $400, up to recently it was $380. Now I guess they're not ordering any more since the new Prime is coming out so now the resellers are starting to increase the price. It is now $404 on Amazon by a reseller.
shucks! was hoping asus would have a tablet specifically designed to compete with barnes and amazon but still have a 10" screen

"Cable thief is a victimless crime."

151.12.2011 12:49

Originally posted by favosys1:
Originally posted by plutonash:
Hopefully the original or prime will get cheaper by next summer. It has great value but not trying to spend 499 on a tablet
The original Tansformer was $400, up to recently it was $380. Now I guess they're not ordering any more since the new Prime is coming out so now the resellers are starting to increase the price. It is now $404 on Amazon by a reseller.
Yep, until very recently, you couldn't get the the tablet + dock on eBay for less than $420 or so, which is great for resellers or those looking to upgrade. The only other tablet Ive seen keep that much value after 6 months is, of course, the iPad/iPad 2.

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