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ASUS' followup to the original Transformer packs quite a punch

ASUS made quite a splash on the Android tablet scene with the original Transformer. While Motorola's Xoom has been a disappointment, many enthusiasts flocked to the Transformer due to its more attractive pricing.
 
Now, ASUS has announced its follow-up, the Transformer Prime, which is based around NVIDIA fresh new Tegra 3 processor (aka Kal-El). The Tegra 3 features four processing cores, a fifth “companion core” for low-power functions, and 1GB of RAM.

Tegra 3 is based on an ARM Cortex A9 design and doubles the Tegra 2's processing power. A 12-core GeForce GPU handles graphics duties and offers up to a 3x improvement in performance. To say that the Transformer Prime will be a multimedia/gaming powerhouse would be an understatement. 

Tegra 3 delivers all of this while offering up to a 61 percent savings in power consumption.

 
Moving to the actual tablet's design of the tablet, the Transformer Prime now weighs just 1.29 pounds and is just 0.33 inches thick. The 10" screen retains its 1280x800 resolution, but now Super IPS+ to go along with Gorilla Glass. Brightness is pegged at 600 nits and it has a 178-degree viewing angle.
 
Although holding up a 1.29-pound, 10" tablet up to take pictures is going to make you look like a goober, ASUS hasn't skimped when it comes to optics. The Transformer Prime features an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.4 lens and back-illuminated sensor. As is typical of today's high-end smartphones and tablets, it can capture video in 1080p. A 1.2mp camera is included on the tablet's face for video conferencing.

 
When it comes to connectivity, the usual microSD slot and micro HDMI port are included. In addition, the Transformer Prime continues to offer its proprietary interface to attach the keyboard dock that turns the tablet into a fully functional laptop. The keyboard dock adds a USB 2.0 port and a full-size Secure Digital slot.
 
Battery life is listed at an impressive 12 hours for the Transformer -- that figure jumps to 18 hours when using the keyboard dock.
 
The Transformer Prime will be made available for $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB). The keyboard dock will be priced at $149. The Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2 “Honeycomb”, but will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich OTA in early December.



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RE: $$$
By bug77 on 11/9/2011 8:31:42 AM , Rating: 4
I suspect many people will.


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 9:04:08 AM , Rating: 2
I already pre-ordered two for around the house (theater room for home control and bathroom for entertainment on the go). I anticipate that I'll have downloaded a new ROM for it before I even get it delivered. I'm sure the stock experience will be OK, but not having access to the full Android market from the start has me worried. Maybe there will be an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM out by then? XDADev already has one for the Galaxy S II!


RE: $$$
By PAPutzback on 11/9/2011 9:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
Pre-Ordered where? i don't see it at NewEgg yet.


RE: $$$
By jimbojimbo on 11/9/2011 10:50:44 AM , Rating: 2
It's an Amazon Kindle Fire so I'll let you guess where you could potentially order it from.


RE: $$$
By cjohnson2136 on 11/9/2011 11:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
I think he might have thought the poster was saying he pre-order the Transformer Prime. That might e where the confusion was. When I first read it that's what my initial thought until i re-read


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 11:04:02 AM , Rating: 2
Amazon Kindle Fire. Amazon Kindle. Amazon. AMAZON.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. It's first come, first serve, so my estimated delivery is the end of November. But I might cancel it, depending upon the new Nook's performance. We'll see.


RE: $$$
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 9:38:02 AM , Rating: 3
That's a good idea... $200 for a media center remote isn't that unheard of... I'll have to look into that. But I'd rather buy the Transformer and use it for both. I live in a tiny condo so it'll never be far from hand.


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/9/2011 10:55:50 AM , Rating: 2
Combined with the Logitech Harmony Link app, it's a no-brainer. I can already control 4 audio and video zones in the house just using the widget for my Yamaha receiver, but combined with a tablet and the Link... c-c-c-c-c-combo! I'm pretty excited.


RE: $$$
By chrnochime on 11/9/2011 11:41:07 AM , Rating: 2
And this is relevant to the transformer prime in what way?


RE: $$$
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 12:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't. He was saying that the Kindle Fire was a great buy at $200 for a Home Theater remote.

I said that it was a great idea, but I'll probably go for the more capable (and expensive) Transformer Prime as I'd like more functionality, especially on the go.


RE: $$$
By Fritzr on 11/9/2011 6:14:36 PM , Rating: 2
The Transformer Prime is an Android tablet. This earns beau-coup geek factor points by making it a $500-$600 remote control :P


RE: $$$
By therealnickdanger on 11/10/2011 9:49:40 AM , Rating: 2
It's relevant to the Prime, the Fire, or any other Android or iOS device as the Logitech Link app is available for all (assuming you buy the $99 Link hardware). So whether you get a Fire or Prime, the Link kicks buttocks. That's all I wanted to say.


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