Oct 27 AT 9:32 AM Sean Riley 18 Comments

Candid shots of Transformer Prime in the wild


We’ve seen the Transformer Prime in a flashy teaser trailer and under the harsh lights of a stage, but until now we hadn’t gotten a chance to see what the Transformer Prime looks like at home with its hair dock down.

No new revelations from these images, but the keyboard dock continues to look fantastic to me. The design takes some cues from the new ASUS Zenbook, although the two tone keyboard inevitably draws some comparisons to the Macbook line. Regardless of the aesthetics, it looks like it’ll be a pleasure to type on. And ASUS has definitely given more thought to creating a device that can bridge the gap between a tablet and a netbook/laptop than any of the other manufacturers thus far.

Of course the headlining feature of the Transformer Prime is the Kal-El (aka Tegra 3) processor and its five cores. In case you’d forgotten, those sneaky NVIDIAns crammed a fifth core (which we’ve lovingly dubbed “NinjaCore”) in their quad-core processor. That means we don’t only get the crazy fast performance offered by a quad-core tablet, but there’s also a fifth core to handle light duties when you aren’t making Kal-El flex his yellow Sun enhanced muscles.

It’s this quad-core +1 architecture that allows ASUS to stretch the quoted battery life on the Transformer Prime to an insane 14.5 hours. If the new dock offers a similar battery boost to the original, that will mean over 20 hours of total use with the tablet and dock until you need to go hunting for an outlet.

One of the few pieces of information we’re still missing for the Transformer Prime is an actual release date. The official announcement is coming November 9, and it would surprise me if ASUS didn’t get this to market before the end of November.

How many of you are considering the Transformer Prime? I’d also be interested to know whether you’re planning to get the dock or if you only have eyes for the tablet.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime keyboard dock Asus Ee Pad Transformer tablet back in keyboard dock Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime lockscreen Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime side view

Via: Phandroid

Source: Notebook Italia

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://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    This is a sexy tablet.

    She will be mine. Oh yes, she will be mine.

  • holymobilizer

    Now for an actual release date so I can ask for it off. I will be waiting in line for this one. The only reason I don’t have the first transformer is because the brown color. I am glad I waited!!!

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      You would think after the Zune that companies would have concluded that they should leave brown to UPS.

  • WarDrake

    I’m Getting this thing as soon as it hits the market, with the keyboard!
    gotta love the New Processor architecture on the Tegra 3 ^_^

  • Sturoid

    This thing has way too much bezel. I couldn’t care less about the quad-core in this thing. Give me the Tab 7.7 and I’l be perfectly happy. So far there has been 1 game released and that was yesterday that really takes advantage of dual-core and has great gameplay and visuals. This thing will be over kill.

    Show me that there is a huge abundance of dual core optomised apps/games first before trying to push out quad-core

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      I’m with you on the 7.7 being the sweet spot in terms of size and I’d probably be willing to sacrifice a few small quadrupeds for it’s screen, but the battery life and the docking capabilities more so than the power have me considering the Prime.

    • Sway_212

      True that…the bezel is quite huge. And you have a good point regarding the quad-core. The only advantage I see is that the battery-life could be better now. Plus this thing is also more future-proof than dual core tablets. At least I’m hoping so..till manufacturers think that even quad-core is not enough.

    • masterpfa

      We are talking about two different things here. This is a Transformer with the emphasis on being able to transform from a Tablet to a NetBook.

      What I think you are all asking for is a separate tablet, by Asus, to fit the form factor you would like to see.

      I agree with you about the lack of dual games, but are you really suggesting that hardware not be developed or released first? Game developers will release and develop games for available platforms I think having the hardware available, gives the developers something to work with and too, in a sense “Future Proofing”

  • Transient

    I’m seriously in love with the hardware, I’m just not sold on the software in this form factor. ICS in a 7″ HD slate is interesting enough for me to want one but Android just doesn’t have compelling productivity software to make this setup worth it. iOS is light years ahead app-wise and it still doesn’t match stuff like Coda, Dreamweaver, inDesign, Photoshop, Office (Google Docs on the desktop is getting very good, maybe enough, but not better) and the rest of the Adobe creative suite.

    I think a 7″-10″ inch pick up and go tablet works best with a tablet. I’d rather see this same exact setup next year with a ULV 22nm Ivy Bridge and Windows 8. I’d drop $800-1000 for something like that. True laptop replacement and with a 7″ kindle fire flashed with stock ICS, it’d be a perfect companion.

    • WarDrake

      just so you know, Adobe is releasing a full suite of apps for android in the first Quarter of 2012, that includes Photoshop and Dreamweaver, both with all the capabilities of the desktop versions.

      besides, if you want a laptop, buy a laptop, this is a tablet, buy it when you want a tablet.

  • Tal

    Too much bezel. The only devices that seem reasonable in that regard are the nexus prime, note and tab 7.7. While the 7.7 is the only tablet in that list. I can’t see myself playing on my tablet. So a dual core 1.4 vs. a tegra 3 quad core is a silly comparison.
    My perfect device is one that I can carry on/with me easily. A 7″ tab without that messy bezel – like the regular tab still has – or even a 6″-6.5″ without bezel (similar to the 7.7) would be ideal.
    Next should come the folding screens … I guess 2013 devices will be 4″ and folding out into 7″.

  • sap26

    This keyboard dock isn’t just some gimmick. It’s a great deal if you can spare the extra money. Not just being able to have a physical keyboard, but it adds SO much more battery life. Funny thing is I found it easier to use the actual screen for scrolling on the Transformer rather than the touchpad.

  • Paramet3r

    I WANT IT IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW! With dock and 3G if possible, This might even replace my Laptop if some talented devs make it dualbooting android with Linux…

  • uknowme

    This will be in my hands right around Christmas. As long as it is released by then.

  • Nathan

    I want it but tablet aren’t cheap =(

  • EightBitJoker

    I like how ASUS has decided to use better materials in this one, giving it that “premium” feel that some consumers require.

    In my opinion, this will surely pioneer the next generation of tablets better than how the Xoom did it.

    Just some thoughts:
    1. That lockscreen is looking very ICS, which I like
    2. Any news on display architecture, 3G model?
    3. What version will the retail model be?

  • masterpfa

    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme

    Asus has just blown all competitors totally out of the water IMHO.
    The Eee Transformer was in, many peoples opinion, about the best tablet available currently and with my hands on it appealed to me as a Tablet alone when compared with all the other Android Tablets and even better when docked into the proprietary dock keyboard. Asus have been very quick with their updates and all.

    Now a Quad Core+1
    All the usual lovelies and probably a bit more
    And with their rate of updates soon to be Ice Cream Sandwich

    Tis going to be an expensive Christmas for me, unless of course, my family have been taking the hints I’ve been dropping

  • pritams