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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: W8
By 3DoubleD on 11/9/2011 1:03:37 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see the incentive to wait for Windows 8 on a tablet either.

1) The number of times I've been using a Windows PC and thought "I wish I had a touch screen":


2) The number of times using a Windows tablet and thinking it was better experience then if I just had a mouse and keyboard:


3) The number of Windows applications utilizing touch and optimized for ARM mobile devices:


Why on earth would I want a Window 8 ARM based tablet? Microsoft is coming 3 years late to the game and offering no tangible benefits to the regular consumer. x86 Windows applications will run like crap on ARM unless they are completely rewritten with lower performing systems in mind (and obviously compiled for ARM).

If we are waiting for a decent x86 tablet... maybe one day, but atom/brazos power draws are still much larger than most ARM SoCs.

RE: W8
By Da W on 11/9/2011 2:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
For that matter:

Number of time i used a touch-based mobile OS and i said "damn, i wish we could have a mouse and keyboard":


But for the sake of completeness, if you're gonna buy a tablet with an attachable keyboard and trackpad/mouse, might as well use it on a DESKTOP OS with traditionnal OFFICE software.

I never said anything about wanting an ARM Windows 8 tablet. I'm gonna go the brazos route for sure. Don't really care if it's half an inch ticker and you have to charge it every day instead of every 2 days. I usually always plug my laptop every time i can, whici is the point of having a tablet/laptop hybrid.

I'll go one step further: make a thin ARM tablet with an Ivy Bridge i7 + geforce GTX 680M loaded dock.

RE: W8
By jRaskell on 11/23/2011 11:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
I'll go one step further: make a thin ARM tablet with an Ivy Bridge i7 + geforce GTX 680M loaded dock.

I'm confused. If it's Ivy Bridge i7 (or any i7 for that matter), it isn't ARM, it's Intel. If it's i7, it isn't ARM, so what exactly do you mean by an ARM table with an i7 processor?

RE: W8
By retrospooty on 11/9/2011 4:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't really see the incentive to wait for Windows 8 on a tablet either."

Your smokin crack man... Apps Apps and Apps are the reason to switch.

" x86 Windows applications will run like crap on ARM unless they are completely rewritten with lower performing systems in mind"

Most apps use about 1% of todays CPU power if that. I agree 3d games and photoshop and apps that take a lot of CPU wont run well, but most apps will be fine.

Oh ya, and enterprise apps can make the tablet an actual workplace device now - HUGE virtually untapped market there.

RE: W8
By SPOOFE on 11/9/2011 6:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
Your smokin crack man... Apps Apps and Apps are the reason to switch.

Which apps would those be?

RE: W8
By retrospooty on 11/10/2011 8:19:03 AM , Rating: 2
Windows Apps. Outlook, Excel, Word and the thousands of others that are heavily used daily that dont work on smartphone OS's. Also add the thousands of enterprise apps that will now work on a tablet if its running windows. It makes the tablet a viable thing to use in the office.

RE: W8
By eldakka on 11/10/2011 9:11:56 PM , Rating: 2
Just because you port windows to a new platform doesn't magically make windows apps start working on that platform.

The apps will, at the very least, need to be re-compiled for the different architecture, and possibly substantially modified also.

RE: W8
By SPOOFE on 11/10/2011 9:40:27 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, okay. I thought there was some app that would be really important to me. Thank you for informing me that there is not. I appreciate the candor. :)

RE: W8
By encia on 11/10/2011 1:01:37 AM , Rating: 2
AMD could cut Z-01's power consumption if uses Radeon HD 3450 based GPU i.e. 40 stream processors.

Z-01's Radeon HD 6250M is based on Radeon HD 5450 based GPU i.e. 80 stream processors.

70 to 80 percent of Z-01's die chip is taken by Radeon HD 6250M GPU.

Radeon HD 6250M can easily rival desktop NVIDIA ION with 16 CUDA cores. Lower clocked 12 core Geforce would be easily beat by Radeon HD 6250M.

RE: W8
By Da W on 11/10/2011 9:14:32 AM , Rating: 2
Shrink down to 32 nm and you solved your problem. Can even add 2 extra bobcat cores to boot!

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