The Asus Transformer Prime Looks as Beautiful as You’d Expect

by: LucianOctober 27, 2011

Don’t get me wrong, the original Transformer was not too bad looking, but I wished it was as light and thin as a Galaxy Tab 10.1. Then I saw what they were doing with the Asus UX21 Zenbook and after being seriously impressed, I realized that they might use that sort of hardware in the next-gen Transformer hybrid.

So you’d get not only a very thin and light “tablet”, but you’ll also get a light and thin keyboard as well, making the new Transformer much like a little brother of the Zenbooks. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what Asus did.

The whole device is made out of aluminum, has a brushed surface, much like the Zenbooks, and a chicklet keyboard as well, which is becoming standard these days. It looks like it would be a joy to type on it, and it’s one more reason why these types of devices have the potential to become laptop replacements either in the near future or within a few years, depending on your computing needs.

One other reason is that they are starting to have powerful chips inside them. Will they be as powerful as an Intel Core i5? No, but they will still pack more than enough power to render websites almost instantly and show them to you as fast as your Wi-Fi connection can handle.

Tegra 3 is a big reason to be excited about this device. Not only does it promise longer battery life because of its 5th companion core, that uses 20x less power than the other 4 cores put together (according to Nvidia’s CEO), but it will help the Transformer become a great all around device with fast browsing, fast app processing, and console-quality games.

Asus hasn’t confirmed either way, but I really wish the Transformer Prime would arrive directly with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Not for me, because I could wait a month or two for the update, but for them. The reviews would be much better and the device would get so much more praise if the reviewers would be impressed not only by the beautiful hardware, but also by the software. Excitement around it would go through the roof.

I’m still surprised Google didn’t want to showcase the “unification” of their OS by launching it with both a tablet and a smartphone. Maybe they didn’t do it because they didn’t want to upset Samsung or something. But still. Oh well, I’m sure the Transformer Prime will be sold in millions of units in the next few months, and it will probably become the most popular single Android tablet/hybrid device.

Hopefully, they’ll decide to sell it as a “complete package” with the keyboard included for $500. That would be a true differentiating factor compared to other tablets. Plus, they’d help push this movement that says these types of devices are laptop AND tablet replacements. It’s the evolution of both. They are leading the way here, and they should make that stick in people’s minds, because it would only end up helping them sell more of these devices later.

  • The aluminum looks a bit cheap, nothing like apples laptops.

    • Reserve judgement until we do a hands on! I don’t think it looks cheap at all. It’s going to be a killer tablet, and if anything, you should compare it to the iPad, which is a toy.

      • Actually I would love to get my hands on an iPad 2 just for a week to try it out but you will never take my Transformer away EVER!

    • These pictures look cheap, if you watched the AsiaD conference with Asus’s CEO it looked solid.

    • JonK

      Awwwwww dereck are you an Apple fan? iPad is palstic now thats quality huh!

  • Mamoon Noorestani

    What type of display will the Transformer Prime use? Will it rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s Super PLS display.

  • AppleFUD

    I’m also surprised that this wasn’t announced along side the Galaxy Nexus as a Google experience device. Maybe Google doesn’t want to support a tablet?

    Hopefully with the release of Tegra 3 we’ll start seeing high quality Windows’ software ported over to Android. . . then some of us can say goodbye to MS :D

    However, Google still needs to do something about updates. We haven’t really seen anything form their supposed update program and they have yet to set guidelines for how long hardware should be supported. Personally I would like to see OEM’s support their devices long term, now that the hardware is able to last several years. I wouldn’t mind paying a few bucks for the update after. . . say a year or two, but I hope they would update for at least 3 years–no, users shouldn’t have to rely on the community for updates and figure all that out.

  • Im so excited for this device if they ship it with Ice Cream Sandwich and the keybard Asus will make an absolute killing with this device.

  • guest

    i cant wait for this! im asking for it for christmas, but since the release date is unknown, im worrying about when to ask for it. so excited!

  • I just hope that display color quality will be as good as Samsung galaxy tab’s or iPad2’s. Because first transformer’s display colors are faded in compare with these two.