There is no doubt about it. The Asus Transformer Prime is the hottest tablet this holiday season to offer the full Android experience. Pre-orders for the device on Amazon sold out in one day and the different models dominated the best selling tablets list. An official release date has yet to be announced, but several retailers are still taking pre-orders including B&H, Best Buy, GameStop, Newegg, and Tiger Direct.
Out of all the retailers offering the Transformer Prime, it appears GameStop has the best bundle package. For $539.98, customers get the 32 GB Transformer Prime, wireless bluetooth controller, and several free games including Dead Space, Re-Load, Sonic CD, Monster Madness, Riptide GP, and Cordy.
All signs are still pointing towards an early December release. Newegg has the estimated release date listed as December 8th and GameStop pegs it at December 9th. We still expect the Transformer Prime to ship with Android 3.2, but NVIDIA already demonstrated it running Android 4.0 and a software update is expected before the end of the year.
We never would have guessed this several weeks ago, but some US consumers could actually have a tablet running Android 4.0 before Verizon fixes the bugs in their Galaxy Nexus and releases it later this year.
Hopefully we should receive a review unit soon, so be on the lookout for a full review to see how the Transformer Prime stacks up with the current generation of Android tablets.