Asus's next Android tablet has emerged. The Asus Eee Pad Tranformer Prime HD, also known as the Transformer 700 series, will offer similar specs to the current Transformer Prime model apart from its super-sharp 1080p 10.1in screen. We were blown away by the Prime’s 1,280 x 800 Super IPS display, and to say we’re looking forward to this new model would be a gross understatement. Bring it on, Asus.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime HD offers a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and 8-megapixel camera. These specs were all present in the Prime, but as they are still streets ahead of what you’ll find in most Android tablets, we can hardly accuse Asus of treading water with this HD model.
The recent announcement of a number of 1080p-screened Android tablets is testament to the renewed flexibility of Android, following the ICS update. Ice Cream Sandwich is designed for phones as well as tablets, and has to cater from screens of 800 x 480 pixels all the way up to 1,980 x 1,200 pixel – one having six times the number of pixels as the other. A bit mad really, isn’t it?
With other tablets such as the upcoming Acer Iconia Tab A700 offering 1080p screens in the near future, the key draw of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime HD is its hybrid design. This gives the tablet a better typing experience than just about any other Android tablet, and boosts battery stamina. However, the increased resolution of the Prime HD’s screen will likely have a knock-on effect on battery life. We haven’t yet heard the official word on the new Prime’s battery life, but we’ll report back as soon as we do.
The timing on this update seems a little odd, though. Asus’s original Prime tablet is only just about to become widely available in the UK, but if the HD edition is going to go on sale within the next few months, who is going to splash out on the non-HD Prime? Answers on a postcard.