ASUS redesigns Transformer Prime, touts 1920×1200 display and new chassis

January 9, 2012

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Well folks, this is both good and bad news. It appears ASUS has just announced a brand new beautiful model of the ASUS Transformer Prime only this time around the specs have been improved in a few key areas. The new model, being called the TF700T, will be touting the same IPS display only instead of 1280x800 they've boosted the resolution to 1920x1200 and made a few other small changes as well.

According to the official press release from ASUS they've not only changed the display, but we also have an upgraded front facing camera. It's been boosted to a much better 2.0 MP lens for video chat vs the 1.3 in the original Prime. Then here comes some good news -- GPS and Wifi! ASUS has redesigned the entire rear casing and have improved the GPS and WiFi signal range and quality. Something that has seen a large amount of criticisms since release.

For the most part the new and improved ASUS Transformer Prime is the same in all other aspects. Same awesome 1.4 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor under the hood, 1GB of RAM, and awesome rear camera so users shouldn't be concerned with losing anything. Although if you just picked up the original you are probably thinking of returning it right about now -- and I don't blame you.

ASUS has confirmed that this will NOT replace the original (just released) Transformer Prime, instead it will be an upscale higher model for those wanting the better display -- although I'm sure many current owners will want the fixes to WiFi, GPS, and everything else the radial spun aluminum design didn't seem to help. Availability hasn't yet been released by ASUS other than Q2 of this year, but pricing will get a small bump and they expect to hit market at $599 for the 32GB, and $699 for the 64 flavor. Keyboard dock is the same and current models will all work together seamlessly. One important note is this will be shipped running on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Who's taking their Prime back to wait for the new and improved TF700T?

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  • Anonymous

    And now it’s perfect.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure if I will keep my prime or not at this point. I don’t Have the wifi issues others have mentioned and I could care less about GPS though it does work for me outside. But the higher resolution has got me thinking about making the change. I want to confirm the processor will be a tegra 3. In a different article I read it would be a qualcom dual core at 1.5 ghz. Also, there is the issue of when it will be released and availability at launch….

    • right

    • Anonymous

      The 1.5 dual core is the Memo, the 7 in. tablet that they also displayed. The new TP will be available Q2 and be about $100 more :/

  • Ryan C

    I’m a little frustrated that there has been like no outreach to customers who bought the faulty designed product via pre-order. I mean it was their fault they placed the GPS and WIFI antennas where they put them paired with an all aluminum encasing.. and it also would be completely fine to have an all aluminum backplate if they moved the antennas directly under the front glass like how it was done on the ipod thouch 4. Thats how they got away with an all aluminum backplate with no plasic window! At the end of the day, i love my prime and i think its a beast for the price, however i still feel under-compensated and cheated. I mean they turn around and instead of offering a return or fix, just release a whole new tablet with the fix it should have had to begin with, and for $100 more. We as buyers, especially pre-order-ers, should at least be able to have a discount or at least only have to pay the extra $100 for this tablet in compensation. Just something, anything, IMO.

  • I jizzed in my pants.

  • Shawn

    I see a class action law suite in the futurefor asus,

    • Disgruntled Asus Customer

      I, for one, will be happy to see this happen

  • Guest

    Dick move ASUS

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  • Penz

    I’ve had my TF201 for only a day now and seeing this update really does annoy me. IMO, I think ASUS should offer a retrofit option to replace the current aluminum backing with the newer design. I’d pay shipping in order to get this….. be really good customer service.

    • Jon Garrett

      see yours on eBay, order the new one. problem solved. 

      this is why I never run out and buy new devices just because their new. I always wait til after the negative reviews to see if its still worth having.

  • Anonymous
  • They should be giving these new primes out to everyone who’s been dealing with a randomly rebooting MESS… Among other things. Let’s hope the right update comes out and fixes this.

  • Sputnikxxx

    Honestly I purchased the prime because of all the hype. I was let down very much so. It is apparent that the spun metal case was a bad idea on the first release of the prime. I feel they should at least offer the option to swap out the casing. If they intend on bumping up the price for the new one. 

    If they really wanted to dominate the market in tablets they should do a recall on the first prime series, and send out everyone new ones for the mistake, and offer the tablet for the same price. 

    Seems like companies have forgotten how to treat customers fairly