Oh man, I'm getting excited just thinking about this device. Today ASUS has officially announced the much anticipated Transformer Prime, the first tablet ever with a quad-core processor. Taking advantage of the brand new NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor this will truly be the ultimate consumption device and the most powerful consumer tablet on the planet. Gaming will be like never before, and performance will be maximized all while still offering 12 hours of battery life. I can't wait!
We have seen our fair share of leaks lately of the new Prime and its keyboard, then these benchmark results quickly followed. Today ASUS has finally made the Prime official although we all knew it was coming, especially with the Transformer Prime landing page launched late last month.
In cased anyone somehow managed to miss the specs here is what we know. The ASUS Transformer Prime will be rocking a 10.1" Super IPS+ display at 1280 x 800 resolution (with Gorilla Glass), 1GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, micro-SD and micro-HDMI support, front and rear cameras, and then that all important quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. We have an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.2 front for video chat all wrapped in a brushed aluminum finish. The Transformer Prime will also be rocking an extremely thin form factor at just 8.3mm thin (0.33") and weighs in at a mere 586g (1.29lbs). That is actually a hair thinner and lighter than the current champion in the Galaxy Tab 10, just for some comparison.
We didn't get any official details on the battery size, but ASUS is stating 12 hours of hardcore battery life. You can watch several movies in a row on a road trip, or enjoy hours of hardcore gaming. The extremely efficient Tegra 3's advanced power management and "companion core" will help make the Transformer Prime be not only the most powerful tablet, but have some of the best battery life available at the same time. Then with the optional keyboard dock pictured above the Transformer Prime will actually have a run-time of around 18 hours.
I know you're all wondering and sadly it has been confirmed to be launching with Android 3.2 Honeycomb at first, and will be updated to ICS as soon as possible. ASUS feels great about the Prime and will have an update out as soon as the code is ready. We reported earlier today the Prime was delayed til December specifically for the fact that it will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but sadly that doesn't appear to be the case.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the worlds first quad-core tablet will be $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB variant. The optional keyboard dock will also be priced at $149.