Oct 19 AT 9:57 PM Sean Riley 33 Comments

Asus reveals Transformer Prime; world’s first quad-core Tegra 3 tablet


We caught a pretty good look at what we then called the Transformer 2 in the teaser video we showed you this morning, but a few hours can make all the difference as when Jonney Shih pulled the tablet out of his briefcase at the Asia D Conference he identified it as the Transformer Prime.

It feels nice to have another Prime device around to talk about. The next generation Transformer keys around NVIDIA’s quad-core Kal-El processor. According to NVIDIA, Kal-El will provide not just a significant boost in performance, but by using variable symmetric multiprocessing it will deliver that performance using considerably less power. I’ve had pretty good experiences with the battery life on existing Tegra 2 tablets so I can only imagine the kind of battery life that Tegra 3 might be capable of offering. If you want a reminder of what Tegra 3 is capable of you might want to rewatch this video that NVIDIA put out as a demo.

We don’t have the full complement of specs yet, but Shih did share a few additional details. The Transformer Prime has a 10.1-inch screen and is just 8.3mm thick, that’s a far cry from the 12.9mm of the original. Like the original Transformer it isn’t going to skimp on ports and will offer a mini-HDMI along with a full USB port. As we saw in the teaser this morning it will of course offer an updated docking keyboard for a more complete computing experience.

We’re not 100% certain whether the tablet will be running Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich at launch, but all signs seem to point to the latter. When asked whether we would see tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of the year he responded, “perhaps sooner.” Considering the Transformer Prime isn’t scheduled for it’s official announcement until November 9th that would leave a very narrow window for an upgrade if this were to launch with Honeycomb. It’s also worth noting that NVIDIA has repeatedly mentioned that they have worked closely with Google to be ready for the release of Ice Cream Sandwich.

Asus ended up with a bigger hit than I think anyone initially imagined with the original Transformer and with the Transformer Prime they look to be really stepping into the limelight. This device will feature absolutely top of the line hardware and by all appearances could be the first tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Transformer Prime was certainly the highlight, but you might remember that Asus also has a tablet/phone hybrid concept that they showed off last May call the Padfone. Well they have confirmed that it is going to become a reality in early 2012 and it will launch running Ice Cream Sandwich.

So are you ready to make your next Android device an Asus?

asiad-johny-shin-transforme Asus Transformer Prime Screen Asus Transformer Prime Side view Asus Transformer Prime docked side Asus Transformer docked closed Asus Transformer docked opening

Via: Engadget

Source: All Things D

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

    Asus keeps surprising when it comes to tablets. The first Transformer was *very* affordable, and this second coming is jaw dropping.

    I just hope they can keep surprising with software updates.

    • http://goncalossilva.com goncalossilva

      Ok, forget my concerns: “Asus plans on updating current Asus Transformers to the newly announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich before the end of the year.”

      I just hope they keep this up :)

      • EightBitJoker

        That very much justifies my recent purchase of a Transformer :D, Although I would’ve bought the Prime instead if I held out a bit longer.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      May be by coming from being a Windows PC maker, they learned to stay away from messing with the software too much, which is great for us Android fans.

  • M3rc Nate

    Very awesome, will keep my eye on this for sure. Definitely need to see what the Xoom 2 and other future tablets will be like before committing to a certain tablet though.

  • Nathan

    Imaged have both prime that would be sick. =D

  • http://www.youtube.com/emogamer Christopher Chavez

    Glad someone jumped on the Prime name. Was too good to pass up! :p

  • Anthony

    The fact that it’s called Prime and transforms is pure awesome. Wonder how many will name theirs Optimus :)

    • NotRelevent

      How long till LG releases the Optimus Prime? :p

    • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

      mines already called optimus (hangs head in geek shame)

  • E

    This will be my first table with out a doubt gud thing I didn jump on the first one and wait on this

    • Austin

      Where have you been eating your whole life:p

      • E

        Lmao srry 4 the typo

  • Dirge

    Wow, looks great. :O

  • Andy

    Looks amazing, I’ve been holding off since the summer to get this! Looks like Asus didn’t disappoint.

  • inviolable

    lol Transformer Prime. Well someone had to do it.

  • Sway_212

    YES!! It does have a full sized USB!! I’m sold!

  • Marsha88

    LOL i rather have my laptop….tablets are useless and only morons use it. They look so retarrd with this app-machine. My laptop does everything what a tablet does so what the point???

    • Stefan

      The only moron is you

    • hmmmm

      I don’t wanna sound like a dick like Marsha88, but I have to agree.

      I won’t be getting any tabs/pads now…cause they serve only so much of functionally when I have an android phone.

      Once Android dev team manage to put Chrome on the tablets, i will consider one.

    • Darkseider

      Useless? My Transformer has completely replaced my netbook and replaced my laptop for 90% of the things that I need to do with a portable device. The combination of the Tegra 2, rooted + OC’d w/ tweaks as well as an instant on OS that has the ability to connect to my corporate VPN, ssh, ftp and RDP is awesome. Throw in the USB host ports and extra battery on the keyboard dock and it pretty much trumps most portable devices. So… umm… yeah… no

  • sap26

    I’m so glad to see this happening for the tablet world. I took back my TF several months ago with plans, and hopes, of waiting on this.

  • Jordan

    damn, havn’t had my transformer that long :(

    lucky it’s awesome! ASUS is the only android developer who keeps up to date with updates too- I’m glad they’re staying in the android business! Great hardware + speedy updates = gold imo.

  • Jennifer

    Not bad it’s not a competition to iPad anyway!
    Have you guys seen those awesome iPad stands and holders?? It’s so coool….


  • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

    well i have a transformer and it is amazing. will i get the transformer 2?

    no not yet.

    i my get some negatives for this but what i really want is the transformer 3 which i am hoping will be dual boot win8 and android.

    a pipe dream maybe but thats my wish from santa or the tooth fairy or god or jebus or any other make believe people who might grant my wish

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    Yeah, I’m totally down for the Transformer Prime. Let’s see how much I can get out of my original Xoom…

  • Nolan

    I don’t know if I’m more excited about this device or the fact that it’s predecessor will be all over eBay soon.

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    She will be mine…oh yes, she will be mine.

    • sap26


  • KG

    My next two gadgets this holiday season:
    -Samsung Nexus phone
    -Transformer Prime


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    just digging for more information all around the www, and i have found most information on this (official?) forum

    transformerprime.info (my new home till the 9th of november !!! :))))

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