Feb 22 AT 1:00 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Asus delivers unlock tool for Transformer Prime


As promised, Asus has delivered a bootloader unlock tool for their popular Transformer Prime tablet. On a Facebook announcing the tool Asus said, “we pride ourselves on delivering the best experience for our fans and users throughout our products’ life cycles.”

I’ve owned the Transformer Prime since it was first released last year and I’ve been impressed with the software support from Asus. They have already delivered the major update to Android 4.0 and several other minor updates that included bug fixes and improved performance. Google has yet to update some of their own Nexus devices to the latest version of Android, so that just shows you the speed at which Asus is moving.

Before you unlock your Transformer Prime, make sure you read all the details. It only works with the Transformer Prime model TF201 and the device must already be running Android 4.0. They warn that once you activate the utility you will not be able to recover your ASUS product (“Original Product”) back to original locked condition and the Revised Product will no longer be covered under the warranty of the Original Product.

The average consumer doesn’t care about unlocking their bootloader, but it’s nice to see Asus provide this option to the hardcore crowd. Hopefully more manufacturers, like Motorola, will adopt this practice on future Android devices.

Update: We just learned that ClockworkMod Recovery has already been ported to the Transformer Prime.

Update 2: And now the first custom ROM is already available.

Via: Facebook

Source: Asus Support

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  • xray49er

    cant wait to get off work and unlock this beast. Already cwm is running on it and an early version of cm9 cant wait for the dev community to get a hold of this thing

  • spazby

    great news

  • Mark

    Took all of 30 seconds to unlock it. This is a great day for Prime development. There is already a dev with a near fully function CM9 build.


  • boro09

    Props to ASUS! Hope we’ll see others follow suit!

  • Chaoz

    Now to get Android-Ubuntu hybrid on it! :D

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      Let’s just wait for the MWC :) Android-Ubuntu sounds great :)

  • ArticulateFool

    Unlock the power!

  • Vance

    Hey Taylor – are you having wi-fi signal strength issues on your Prime? Curious if any of the fixes you reference addressed that issue. Mine is still weak. My wife and will be sitting next to each other on the couch in the basement and her TF101 has a strong signal while my TF201 is touch and go and always weak.

  • honourbound68

    Good job Asus! Good to have a company that listens to all its customers and takes care of their needs. We that root our devices are a minority but are important in that we “normally” the “tech guys” that friends and family consult on what to buy.

  • MrDSL

    How nice they finally let you do what you want with an item you bought with your own money..



  • Nathan D.

    Sweet, now I have to back up my tab first before doing this.

  • Slith

    Love it. Thanks Asus!