ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime gets official: Tegra 3 quad-core Tab starting at $499

November 9, 2011
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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.

Who's excited?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pradyuman-Vig/100001076901964 Pradyuman Vig

    Waiting for Windows 8 on this… Android is stupid for a tablet just like iOS is. iOS still has apps, it still KIND OF makes sense.

    Windows 8 is going to be the way to go for tablets.

    • Rasta Basta

      lol… I have the Asus Transformer, first gen… It rocks, has plenty of useful apps… Windows 8 on ARM is gonna have, what, angry birds? yeah, come on…

      • Anonymous

        1 word … Microsoft word…it doesn’t have that its useless to me . all the angry bird apps in the world cant fix that.

      • Rtfm2012

        Multiple “office” apps available for Android, or simply RDP into a win or nix box. The Asus has replaced my laptop – Netork Engineer/Writer

      • Fer

        Hi !! justba question.. how can i buy it? i mean wt is the official site wr i can buy it?

  • http://twitter.com/ppiimpex Prakash Bhimani

    Way to go Asus. Hats of to you. Launch a Win 8 on tablets and I am in. May be dual boot would be a dream come true.

  • http://www.cnx-software.com Cnxsoft

    12 hours of video maybe (thank you companion core!), but 12 hours of hardcore gaming unlikely.

  • http://www.epriceindia.com Shardul

    Now real Competition starts from this tablet PC in Tablet Industry

  • Axel Terrier

    I’ll buy it as soon as it’s available in France. 
    I think Asus is going the right way with the Transformers, the future is laptops with touch screens!

  • insight spinner

    I have the tf101b. I like the change in power button location. That was sometimes a problem. I’m giving this to my mom and bring the prime.

    • insight spinner

      Buying…not bring.

  • Fer

    hi good day to all! I’m new to this blog and am interested in buying this tablet, anyone know which brand is? and that I can buy online site? I’m from mexico and here there is not much good technology

  • Zyonnigt

    Is the keyboard included in the $499 price???