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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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I would buy this but
By ShaolinSoccer on 11/9/2011 11:44:08 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't have the capability to stream video wireless to a TV like the Samsung Galaxy SII using AllShare (DLNA1.5). This should be standard on all tablets. I mean, if a phone can do this, why can't they make tablets do this? These tablets need to be like universal remotes and be capable of integrating with audio and video devices through wireless. Give me features like that and I will be more than willing to buy this with a keyboard dock and never consider buying a laptop ever again. I don't mind paying $650-700 for a laptop so it's a no brainer to buy a tablet with these features since I would mainly just use it for email, Facebook, texting, some apps and audio/videos. Everything that you can see on a tablet SHOULD be visable through wireless on a large screen TV so your family can clearly see it, too!




RE: I would buy this but
By KamikaZee on 11/10/2011 6:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
Allshare is just Samsung's DLNA software. If your TV/media receiver is DLNA compliant, them there are lots of apps that you can use to achieve the same effect.

So yea any android phone/tablet can do what you want, I use the twonky app (got it when it was in beta and free) and it works great.


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