Asus has officially launched the the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the Zenbook-like tablet/keyboard combo which is the follow-up the the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
It was less than three weeks ago that Asus CEO Jonney Shih revealed the new tablet on stage at AllThingsD’s AsiaD conference, but now Asus has revealed the full list of specs.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be the first device to ship with Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 processor, which was also officially launched today, and promises five times the performance of Tegra 2 . The Transformer Prime won’t be available immediately as some had expected, but will be hitting stores early next month.
The quad-core Tegra 3 processor will be back up by 1GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The tablet has also been slimmed down to just 8.3mm but still promises a battery life of 12 hours – or up to 18 hours with the added battery in the new dock.
Other hardware improvements see an 8 megapixel camera on the rear with a flash, f2.4 lens and a back illuminated CMOS sensor – with the ability to record 1080p video. There is also a 1.4 megapixel camera on the front.
The screen has also been given a boost, with the 10.1in 1280×800 display now using Super IPS+ technology which claims to be a lot brighter for better outdoor use. Asus SonicMaster sound technology has also been included.
The dock and tablet have been designed with the Zenbook aesthetic in mind and when closed will look very like a smaller version of the UX21 or UX31. The tablet will come in both amethyst gray (gray and purple) and champagne gold (silver and gold) and is designed to resist water and oil thanks to a hydro-oleophobic coating, making it fingerprint resistant.
Unfortunately there’s no Ice Cream Sandwich at launch with the Honeycomb (3.2) version of Android available instead – however Asus has said that the updated version of Android would be available soon after launch.
Pricing is of course a very big issue when it comes to tablets, and the Transformer Prime 32GB edition will cost $499 when it hits shelves in early December while the keyboard dock will set you back a further $149. The larger 64GB model will cost $599.
We’ve reached out to Asus for UK pricing on these very enticing tablets and we’ll bring them to you as soon as we get them. For now let us know in the comments what you think of the Transformer Prime.