Nov 09 AT 1:00 AM Anthony Domanico 47 Comments

ASUS reveals Transformer Prime specs, moves launch to December


ASUS just sent out a press release officially announcing the Transformer Prime, the world’s first quad-core Tegra 3 Android tablet. As you’re probably well aware by now, we at Android and Me have been drooling over this beastly tablet computer for a while now, and judging by the final specs of the device, we feel we weren’t too misguided on this one. Read on for the full scoop.

Highlights of the Transformer Prime include:

  • Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processor
  • Additional 5th core (which we’ve lovingly called “Ninjacore”) to reduce power consumption when 2 or 4 cores are not needed
  • 10.1″ IPS+ display with Corning Gorilla Glass and 178 degree viewing angle
  • 1 GB RAM (LP DDR2)
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus rear camera with 1080P video capture and large F2.4 aperature
  • 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video conferencing
  • 12 hours of battery life, up to 18 hours when paired with the keyboard dock
  • 2 color schemes: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold
  • 2 storage options: 32GB and 64GB ($499 and $599 price points) with expandable storage via microSD
  • 8.3 millimeters thick, weighs in at 1.29 lbs.

No firm information about a release date was given in ASUS’s press briefing, though we are now 100% sure we won’t be seeing this hit the market until December, when ASUS will officially launch the device. We still don’t know whether or not the Transformer Prime will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or 3.2 Honeycomb. We believe it will likely launch with the latter, and that ICS will come via an over-the-air update very shortly (weeks) after launch. ASUS will be demoing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime at their unveil event in December.

Though we still don’t know exactly where or when we’ll be able to get our hands on the Transformer Prime, we are sure of at least one thing: several of us will be lining up to get our hands on one of these bad boys on launch day. Will you be there with us?

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Show Press Release

Fremont, CA (November 8, 2011) – ASUS officially announces the world’s first tablet with the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor — the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime is ultra-thin at 8.3mm (0.33”) and lightweight at 586g (1.29lbs) while featuring a stylish metallic swirl design with class leading enhancements including ASUS SonicMaster audio technology, an HD 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and battery life rated for up to 18 hours* when combined with the optional mobile dock. Pricing will range from $499** (32GB) to $599** (64GB), with the optional mobile dock accessory priced at $149**.

Incredibly Slim yet Incredibly Powerful
Featuring an ultra-slim form factor, the Transformer Prime is only 8.3mm (0.33”) thin and weighs in at a mere 586g (1.29lbs without dock). This makes watching movies, surfing the web, playing games, taking photos, finishing up homework or video chatting with friends or family so easy and natural that you’ll wonder if the Transformer Prime was designed specifically with you in mind. Its innovative metallic swirl design is made of aluminum for a secure yet extremely comfortable grip that comes in two gorgeous colors: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold.

The Transformer Prime is the world’s first tablet to feature NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Tegra 3 processor. With the quad-core CPU, 12-core GeForce GPU and vSMP technology, the Transformer Prime delivers an optimum user experience featuring smooth multitasking capabilities, lightning fast app loading, a rich and fluid web experience, full 1080P HD video for realistic media playback or recording and of course, incredible gaming performance that allows you to experience games in an entirely new way.

Fantastic Battery Life
While the Transformer Prime is extremely slim and light, ASUS did not forget about battery life. Thanks to the advanced power management features of the Tegra 3 processor and ASUS optimizations the Transformer Prime has a battery life of up to 12 hours*, but when combined with the mobile dock, it lasts up to an incredible 18 hours*, the longest battery life of any current tablet. That’s enough battery life for a trans-ocean flight, all-night game session, viewing several movies on a long road trip or even video recording, editing, and then playing back your child’s school play all in 1080P HD clarity.

Unrivaled Visuals
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime boasts a wide 178° viewing angle IPS display, protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, which features new ASUS technology to enhance the brightness of the screen for a better outdoor reading experience while still offering a remarkably vivid and brilliant viewing experience of photos, books, videos, movies and web pages indoors. Thanks to Multi-Touch technology, you can use your fingers to do everything from swiping through photos, surfing the web, playing the latest games, typing emails, instant messaging, reading books or magazines, and starting your favorite movie.

A 1.2MP front camera allows for instant photos or high-quality video conferencing with friends, family or coworkers while an 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash takes brilliant photos or video thanks to a large F2.4 aperture, back illuminated CMOS sensor, touch-to-focus depth of field and low-light noise reduction to provide the clearest and sharpest photos or even 1080P HD videos.

Advanced Audio
The Transformer Prime offers impressive audio capabilities in a tablet, powered by ASUS exclusive SonicMaster technology, renowned for crisp and acoustically accurate audio. It produces crystal clear sound with a wide sound stage, increased audio fidelity, and distinct vocal enhancements for an immersive audio experience with your favorite music track, video, or movie.

Unlimited Productivity
The Transformer Prime is offered with either 32GB or 64B flash storage options for quick, efficient and reliable access to your applications. Both models feature a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and micro HDMI port so sharing both what’s inside and on-screen is quick and easy. However, the function that gives the Transformer Prime its namesake is the mobile dock, which gives new meaning to the term versatility. This innovative and convenient design seamlessly provides the user with a keyboard and touchpad, along with limitless expandability options via the USB port and SD card slot.

ASUS will include several innovative applications like SuperNote that is fantastic for its ability to take, draw or record notes and Polaris Office which is great for staying productive with the ability to read, edit or create Word, Excel and PowerPoint (MS Office 97-2007) compatible files. Thousands of top rated applications and games are also available at Android Market that fully takes advantage of the Transformer Prime’s amazing features and power.

*Battery life will vary based on usage patterns and options.
**Pricing will vary by country and SKU. North American MSRP pricing listed.


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  • masterpfa

    This looks awesome and I like the fact that the storage options are 32GB and 64GB from the off.

    Asus mean business and thankfully have pulled away from the rest of the crowd who have been more than happy just to supply a “Tablet” that fitted in with the norm, only Asus decided to bring it’s “A” game out and leave the competition in it’s wake.

    This I will definitely be getting as soon as it’s available

    (Family , friends, spouse time for hint dropping is done, Plain and Simple….. GET ME THIS…please!)

  • Dale Bebeau

    Who in their right mind wouldn’t buy this tablet? It has over twice the power of an iPad and it costs over 30% less. I don’t know about you, but if I had some extra money lying around, I’d pick one of these bad boys up on launch day.

    • drop

      I agree the specifications are nice. I think the best way to recover some market share from the Ipad is to have the best LCD panel, as most people will their tabs to play photo slideshows and/or plays movies.

      The problem is that nVidia is very good at marketing tricks (“ninjacore”, really??), but their final products sometimes fails to deliver (think GeForce versus Radeon, think the issues with Xbox overheat ).

      The first thing I would like to know is the true pixel density of this thing? Can it match the ‘retina’ display?

      • Toonshorty

        I wouldn’t say nVidia fail to deliver. I had an AMD Radeon HD 5770 which plenty of issues, upgraded to an nVidia GeForce GTX 460 and all those problems have dissapeared. Personally I believe nVidia would do a much better job than AMD.

        Love the look of this tablet, if I had the money I’d jump on this immediately.

      • jd092

        ‘Retina’ is irrelevant, the iPad2 doesn’t have the ‘Retina’ display yet, they don’t even know if they can make one that big at this point.

        • Vandara

          you guys do realize retina is not a special type of display right? it’s not like lcd or oled. it is merely a screen with a specifically high dpi.

    • alterSchw3de

      Unfortunately the price in € is not a single buck cheaper than an iPad2 :(

      • Dale Bebeau

        sry2hear, but luckily the Transformer Prime is still worth it even if they cost the same.

      • lol

        Why should it? You are just trolling.

    • pekosROB

      Hell to the yes!

      I need to find someone to buy my Xoom!

  • vasra

    Tablets are more about VIEWING than number-crunching.

    When wil we finally get a display that has more than 1280×800 resolution?

    Really. You can’t view mathematics PDFs on those tablets without constantly zooming in, zooming out.

    The resolution isn’t enough. Not even with sub-pixel rendering.

    • mattcoz

      Agreed, I have the current Transformer and can’t see myself upgrading until I can get one with a higher resolution.

  • Sway_212

    This is everything we all hoped for and much more! I want this now!

  • Dr.Carpy

    Thanks for the heads up with the spectacular specs Anthony! This pad is playing for keep! Did I read correctly up to 18 hrs potentially with the dock! Goodness gracious, the other Tablets better protect their necks!

  • M3rc Nate

    So i guess the 14-16hrs and 20 with keyboard dock was a bit ambitious of a guesstimate then huh? Oh well those are still good numbers.
    Love the back side camera MP and aperture , though its interesting the front side is 1.2MP. I’d have expected more like 2.0MP, and 1.3MP seems to be the norm.

    I honestly have no clue what color i want…i dont LOVE either (or maybe its the brushed aluminum i dont LOVE) but i do like them both a lot. Idk! (first world problems)

    I am curious if there is ANY reason to buy the 64Gb version. I just ordered a 32Gb MicroSD card and i dont know… There isnt anything that HAS to be on internal that takes up space? I really see myself being not to heavy a user. I mean if i can figure out how to get my itunes digital movies onto the T-Prime then maybe il use up some substantial space but still…my 8Gb SD phone isnt even full yet.

    • jd092

      It would take a lot of space to fill up 32Gb internal and a 32Gb microsd. Plus carry the dock and add another full size sd. 64Gb would probably be a waste of money, unless you plan on carrying a ton of movies around on it.

  • Sway_212

    I am slightly disappointed that it doesn’t have a full sized USB on the tablet,but on the keyboard dock. Means I have to get the dock for it,plus the extra battery life.

  • Daniel

    What? No 3G/4G?!

    • Sway_212

      It probably will have them dude….Asus would’nt be so dumb as to leave those options off.

    • Anthony Domanico

      There may be carrier-tied options with 3/4G, though I don’t think there are with the Transformer 1

  • Slith

    Finally! Seems like I have been waiting six months for this tablet. Oh wait…

  • ben dover

    I have the OG transformer and I haven’t regretted my purchase yet! The prime is pretty sweet but I’m going to hold off this round and wait for the next. Even though it’s very tempting to sell my current transformer and get it’s big brother!

  • Jon Niola

    Is that back plastic or brushed metal? In the photo the grain pattern in the back sure makes it look like metal.

    • jd092

      It is supposed to be aluminum I do believe.

  • average person

    This is an over price tablet. i waited so long for this…

    The appeal of this tablet lies on the fact that it has a keyboard! so the actual cost is + 149
    499 + 149 =650 + taxes or 599 + 149 = 750 + taxes.

    even with these specs there is nothing great about a 800 + dollar tablet…… just saying!

    • whosaidwhat

      You are not making any sense. The dock is an option. You buy it if you want it. You don’t have to buy it to get the tablet.

      So I go to a dealership to check out a new car and I’m told the base price is 20k. To get the super charged v6, I have to dish out 30k. I’m I supposed to get upset because I can’t afford the super charged version?

      Another example is like saying a Dell laptop is priced too high because the docking station costs an extra $150. Again, it’s an option.

      The transformer 1 (16GB) is $399, $380 sometimes when on sale. The prime is has a quad core, 8MP camera, slim and better design in general, better display, better battery, microSD, and hdmi. I personally think they could have undercut everyone like they did with the transformer 1 and released this at about $450 but I can’t complain when everything else (Xoom, Galaxy tab 10.1, etc) on the market cost more but gives you less.

    • WarDrake

      Ant this is why there’s one more for us who’ll be waiting in line to get this.
      Thanks for spot.

    • Darkseider

      The little voice in my head can’t shut up. Overpriced quad core Tegra 3 tablet at $499 for a 32 Gig model yet $599 for 32 Gig iPad2 w/ a dual core is acceptable with NO option of a keyboard dock with expansion capabilities AND additional battery. Seriously you need to lay off the crack pipe. This device can be used as a full on netbook/laptop replacement as well as gaming console with it’s HDMI out and ability to use bluetooth controllers. DLNA capabilities for streaming media wirelessly. Instant on OS. MicroSD expansion. USB host ports on the optional dock to use external HD’s for mass storage as well as a full sized SD slot. Throw in some cloud storage and a cheapo Mifi hotspot and you are beyond golden. The fact that you cannot see how incredible this device is speaks volumes.

      My Transformer w/ dock has fully replaced my netbook and laptop for my daily computing needs. I am typing this up now on it while tethered to my G2X. Aside from not being able to burn .ISOs with the Transformer I have NO need for a laptop/netbook any longer. Throw in some tasty free cloud storage from Dropbox, Asus, Ubuntu One, Google and Amazon and well hell… I have near unlimited storage and instant access to any document or file I need from any device as well. OK I am done now… I digress..

      ./end rant

  • CJR

    Interesting and its such a great device but when it comes to tablets I’d go for an iPad

    • Darkseider

      You need to lay off the kool-aid. iPad2 32 Gig $599. Transformer Prime 32 Gig $499.

    • jd092

      Better processor, HD screen, equal battery life and cheaper for same storage, can’t beat it right now. Oh and did I mention it’s thinner, lighter, and looks better than the iPad2. Who wants to watch a movie on a square screen with black bars on the top and bottom when it can be full screen.

    • CJ84

      get off this site you troll! did you not read the site’s name, “ANDROID and Me”? why would you come to an android based site if you are an Apple fanboy. that’s why you guys are the worst cuz you feel the need to troll us when we don’t hate on you. go troll a windows mobile site lol.

  • WarDrake

    I was honestly looking for 600 with the dock included, but 650 seems like a good deal anyways, i’m still getting this as soon as i can manage to.

    after seeing the previous post of 3 reasons to get a tegra3 device this year, i’m even more sold on this than i was before.

  • I what?

    Lol at the isheep crowd. If you seriously cannot see how much of a thrashing this tablet gives the iPad 2, then you’re either blind or delusional. I would sometimes assume both on some of the isheep. I digress.

  • jd092

    Preorder here I come. As soon as it is available on Amazon I’m preordering because there will be shortages, although with the price the dock may have to wait a while :( Still, I can’t wait to get my hands on this thing. Maybe someone in the press will get one early so we can lust over it.

  • Leeran7742

    Really cool!!!!! BUT still not a replacement for a laptop IMHO.

  • Kwills 88

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but for 499-599 with these specs, followed by an included dock, with an extended battery, this is probably the best priced tablet, some of the tablets out right now cost this much and they offer way less…I would honestly think something is wrong with you if you didn’t want to get this.

  • Nathan

    Christmas maybe have to wait and see. =D

    • Brad W

      After seeing the final specs and pricing, I’m in! If they don’t have this for my Christmas vacation time I will be sorely disappointed. I agree with @jd092, preordering as soon as I can!!

  • CJ84

    how many USB ports will there be?

    this thing is a game changer! it is the apple eater and the fire extinguisher! once it gets ICS it will be the BEST tablet in existence. and even with honeycomb it still outdoes all the rest. ICS just makes it that much better.

  • HLL7575

    I am the type that NEVER bought the latest and greatest quickly. But I will plunge in with TF Prime this time for a few reasons:

    1. Kids are out of college, so I have $$ to burn. I totally ignore the over-price nonsense. If people can pay for a smartphone (AND the data plan), and update whenever there’s a new iPhone came out, they can surely afford the TF Prime. Remember, if you HAVE TO get the latest and greatest, you could resell your old one on eBay or Craigslist. I have seen people asking for $400 for TF 1 with 16GB and the dock. Granted, they might have paid $550 brand new, used a few months, but $150 is the money well worth spent.

    2. I could really see TF Prime to replace my laptop, PC, etc. finally. I would not, however, totally ditch my PC yet, but the fun factor of a tablet just becomes so irresistable, for many practical reasons too.

  • dilawer

    Even though these specs are mouth-watering but I guess it’d be much better to wait for the ASUS Padfone, it will also feature Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor.

    • AsakuraZero

      no it will use the S4 processor they ditched T3 for some reason that i dont remember

  • jonas

    Sign this and we will show ASUS that there is a need for 3G in our Transformers

    • Me

      erm afaik there is a tf101 with 3g

  • charliethesuperturtle

    Sexy thing
    Sexy thing

  • pritams

    still waiting for mine..