The Asus Transformer Prime is arguably the most hotly anticipated Android tablet to ever come to fruition folks – and for good reason. Dubbed the world’s first Tegra 3 tablet, it will be equipped with NVidia quad-core Kal-El Tegra 3 for incredible performance and exceptional battery life, and will be sporting a ridiculously thin 8.3mm profile. To make matters even more enticing, its encapsulated in a fingerprint resistant, brushed aluminum body – closely mirroring the aesthetics of Asus’ gorgeous Zenbook. Oh and did I mention it is to be the world’s first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet?
And the goodness doesn’t stop there folks. Featuring a full connectivity suite with USB, mini-HDMI port and an SD card slot for memory expansion support – it is also said to provide 14-hour battery life when attached to the keyboard dock. Asus CEO Jonney Shih also noted that the tablet will be the first tablet in the world to run the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, with support for hardware acceleration, and all the other goodness we know that it brings. Ultimately, this will be the tablet to get not only because of its beautiful design, but because it will be able to transcend above normal tablets via its innovative and well designed keyboard dock, which will transform the tablet into a full-fledged netbook, and recharge the tablet at the same time too.
It wasn’t too long ago when we had received reports from ASUS that they were indeed already hard at work on a quad-core successor to what many consider to be one of the best Android tablets to date – the original ASUS Transformer.
While currently there is no official word on the release date of this particularly appealing piece of technology, we do know for a fact that ASUS will be making a formal announcement of the Transformer Prime on November 9, when ASUS plans to officially out the tablet for what I suspect is going to be some serious scrutiny for those looking for a tablet with, well, more.
We’ve also reported previously that the happy CEO of ASUS told Digitimes that the Transformer Prime will be priced competitively – at $499. Judging from how ASUS priced the original Transformer at $399 – we think it’s highly likely that it will be priced in this range. Hopefully, ASUS has produced enough of these so as to avoid the stock shortages that everyone experienced when the ASUS Transformer was debuted earlier this year.
Jonney Shih also took the time at AsiaD to touch a bit on the Padfone. We haven’t heard much about the Padfone since it’sofficial introduction in May, but Shih has promised that phone-tablet combo device is currently slated to ship in Q1 2012 and that it’ll be doing so with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in tow. No pricing or launch details were given on the Padfone either, but hey, at least we know it’s still coming.
Since we’re all abuzz with Ice Cream Sandwich chatter – it should be known that ASUS has publicly committed via their Twitter channel -that the original Transformer will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, too. History is usually a good indicator of what to expect from companies going forward, and with ASUS’ excellent track record in building one of the best Android tablets to date, selling it at an excellent price point, and providing prompt and timely updates, all bodes very well for the innovative company out of Taiwan.
More exciting details about the Transformer Prime — and even the original Transformer’s ICS update will all be revealed at the November 9th event, so stay tuned here on Android Authority as we provide you breaking coverage on the growing world of Android!
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