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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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By chrnochime on 11/9/2011 11:46:47 AM , Rating: 3
Point me to a new laptop that costs less than 750 and weights less than 3.0lbs....Nope. Don't see any.

RE: What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By XZerg on 11/9/2011 11:58:31 AM , Rating: 2
By TheRequiem on 11/9/2011 1:52:19 PM , Rating: 1
I checked, and didn't see any...

RE: What made the original Transofrmer so tempting...
By TheRequiem on 11/9/2011 6:31:33 PM , Rating: 3
In a price vs. performance comparison (remember, this tablet is $500) and Windows 7 needs considerable more power to run as fast.

1.) I guess this could be valid because of price, except it's over 3lbs (I thought the argument was under 3lbs?). Also, the specs for a Windows OS 7 netbook is not good enough to be as fast as this tablet. A 1ghz cpu?

2.) The price is $650 - That's $150 more then this tab, are we comparing Apple's to Oranges here? But if we are still referring to being under $750 (not sure why we would since the tablet is $500) Then it would be valid. Still wouldn't buy a cheap plastic netbook compared to this nice looking aluminum tablet.

3.) This is a budget netbook significantly lacking in processor & video performance and is in the same price as Asus tablet. It also oeprates Windows OS 7, I guarantee this thing will not be as speedy as this tablet.

4.) $699... $200 more? Also, again, significantly lacking in specs for the type of OS it runs.

5.) This is probably the only one that is really valid, except it's a Gateway. =) Still a little light on specs for the type of OS.

Either way, after reviewing these PC's, I definitely feel much more comfortable buying a Asus Transformer Prime tablet then before.

By chrnochime on 11/10/2011 1:08:09 PM , Rating: 2
Saved me from spending more time making the same comments heh :P

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