It was previously displayed by ASUS of their Transformer Prime, eh?. Sounds like something they are trying to use to promote the Transformers movies. It looks like a sleek follow-up to the tablet introduced by ASUS last year, which was the ASUS Eeepad Transformer, though we have still been forced into guessing what we have to expect in the latest and greatest “quad-core”, Android tablet.
And first off, of course the Transformer is launching with just Honeycomb. But will it ever get Ice Cream Sandwich?, ASUS said to “stay tuned” for some more news as of Early December, and so if you are waiting until then to get a confirmation date on when the Prime will be transforming onto store shelves, it may just transform into a ICS device.
Some things on the Transformer Prime remain something we assume, in terms of features. Though a phone briefing with ASUS and Androinica reveals that nVidia has provided clarity on what the Prime will be offering. Just like the first Transformer, the selling point of this one is an optional keyboard accessory, and also the keyboard adds more battery life apparently. It’s like this accessory turns the tablet into a laptop in a way. Though, thats where the similarities end as ASUS has made some huge upgrades in other departments.
The biggest upgrades in this baby is the camera and CPU. It’s already been documented of why the Tegra 3 might blow your head off your neck, but this is the very first time that Androinica has received solid details of the 8MP camera rear camera, which is probably going to be the very best performing camera on any tablet. Though I myself am not really deep into taking pictures on a tablet, it’s just something that is nice to have. I use the useless two cameras on my phone which only one of them I use when I’m not near my gigantic Fujifilm camera. But the reviewers were quite impress by the tablets auto-focus, back illuminated CMOS sense and last but not least the 1080p HD video capturing. Along with that, comes with an F2.4 aperture, and the Transformer Prime will be able to capture alot more light in the photos to reduce the noise and improve the picture quality overall.
It’s a much better polished device thanks to the 0.3-inch slim and 1.29-lb weight not including the dock too. There is a oil free and smudge free aluminum frame with a amethyst grey and purple and champagne gold and silver color finish on this baby. There is also Corning Gorilla Glass with very strong viewing angles of 178 degrees for the protection against scratches on the LCD and the easy sharing with the owner’s friends. The “Super IPS+” screen will lead to much more better lighting displays in tablets nowadays. And so the screen is an all around improvement overall. The prime will also have a 1.2MP front-facing camera aswell.
Some other great assets to the device will include:
- SonicMaster technology for “crisp and acoustically accurate audio.”
- 6% larger speakers with “Crystal clear” sound to improve audio levels for music and vocal performances
- 32 GB or 64 GB of storage
- Preloaded apps: ASUS Launcher, Sync, and WebStorage; App Locker and App Backup; Supernote; TegraZone; Polaris Office
- 12 hours battery life, 18 hours with dock
You might be thinking right now that the Eee Pad Transformer is out to the pasture, but “it isn’t” as said by ASUS.
“We are still selling the first generation for the Eee Pad for the mainstream while the Transformer Prime will be geared towards the premium market,” as said by an ASUS marketing manager during the recent briefing with the press.
The tablet will be available for a retail price of $499, for a 32GB model, and $599 for a 64GB model. The dock for the tablet will be for $149 on top of the price of the tablet. All retail prices are set in U.S. dollars so the pricing might differ in different countries.
And last but not least, here is the specifications of the ASUS Transformer Prime:
- 10.1 LED touschreen with Super IPS+ (1280×800 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Android 4.0 upgrade forthcoming)
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU
- 1 GB Memory LP DDR2
- 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage
- 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR connectivity
- 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear with auto-focus, flash, and F2.4 aperture
- Docks/Ports: PAD 2-in-1 audio headphone/microphone jack, micro HDMI port, microSD card reader, internal microphone, stereo speakers, USB 2.0 port, SD card reader
- G-Sense, light sensor, gyroscope, E-compass, GPS
- Pad: 263 x 180.8 x 8.3mm / 586 g
- Mobile dock: 263 x 180.8 x 10.4mm / 537 g
Now think about this, what if Apple called their iPad, instead that name but a “iPad Tranformer Prime”. Do you think that’s a cool name?, I don’t. Keep names simple, damnit. I don’t think these names make products sell better, unless your a Transformers fan.