Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" tablet is available for preorder from Amazon, Best Buy and other U.S. retailers, with shipments scheduled for December.
has made its Eee
Pad Transformer Prime
convertible tablet computer available for presale in
the United States, offering consumers the chance to reserve the market's first
quad-core slate in time for its December rollout.
the successor to the popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet, the Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Android 3.2 Honeycomb-powered Prime has a 10.1-inch, Super IPS+
display made of Corning Gorilla Glass, with a 178 degree angle, which lends
itself to viewing by several people.
tablet is powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor and has 1GB of
RAM, a combination that will enable games, videos, applications and pretty much
all multimedia to hum along swiftly on the device. The tablet is only 0.33
inches thin and weighs 1.29 pounds, making it thin and light on top of powerful
mobile dock, which makes the device a convertible tablet, includes a keyboard
and touchpad for text input. The tablet boasts 12 hours of battery life thanks
to its power management software, and up to 18 hours without a charge when
paired with the mobile dock.
its 8-megapixel rear camera, the device also shoots HD video in 1080p,
complemented by a 1.2MP front-facing shutter for video chat. There is a micro
HDMI port to enable users to play their content on a larger HDTV screen or
monitor with an HDMI cable (sold separately).
Boy Genius Report
noted that Asus
has said the Prime will get the bump to the new Android 4.0 "Ice Cream
Sandwich" build, which merges the Android smartphone and tablet branches
into a more cohesive user experience.
Prime also supports mobile Flash, which Adobe is eventually doing away with to
push HTML5 development. However, Adobe did say Flash would be coming to ICS
devices soon, so the multimedia technology isn't going extinct for a while.
customers can preorder the 32GB Prime for $499.99 or the $64GB version for
$599.99 in champagne or gray colors here from
Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers
the first mass-marketed quad-core-powered tablet, the Prime should sell fast
and sell well to consumers looking for an Android tablet with premium features
that outperforms even the vaunted Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad 2, whose A5
processor makes it a tough rival to follow.