Asus Transformer Prime Hands On [Pictures]

by: Darcy LaCouveeNovember 12, 2011

This is it folks, this is the Transformer Prime. No more computer renderings, or shots taken from afar, but a real legitimate production model, that slipped into the hands of a lucky blogger and folks, it looks simply stunning.

Boasting a form factor slimmer than the iPhone, the iPad, or even the Galaxy S2, the 8.3mm thin Transformer Prime has won the hearts and minds of geeks the world over. Packing some ridiculous raw horsepower, in the form of the 5 core Tegra 3, it also features an improved IPS + display that is alleged to be substantially improved over the original Transformer, which had one of the best displays on any tablet on the market in 2011.

Looks like the fatty iPhone could stand to lose a few pounds...

As for price, we know that Asus will be shipping it at with Wi-Fi for $499 (32 GB of storage) and $599 (64 GB). As for the keyboard, it will cost an additional $149.

Also, it’s important to note that the Transformer Prime will not be released with a 16GB version, but 32GB and 64GB accordingly. One little cool geek-tip is that this device will work with the new 64GB SDXC cards that are hitting the market,  meaning up to 128GB of data on the go, which should be more than enough for most folks. Additionally, there’s no word yet on a 3G or 4G variant, sadly. Manufacturers learned the hard way (from the lack of sales) with regards to producing 3G variants in the past, and are hesitant to take the plunge these days, it would seem.

And while the version leaked to the blogger was an engineering model, with some bugs still present in the software, we fully anticipate these to be resolved prior to launch. Asus has a long history of making things work in their hardware PC division, and have some of the most talented developers and coders in the industry. The Prime itself was running Android 3.2 , but Asus has publicly stated that the device will be receiving an OTA update to Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 shortly after launch.

Other important things to note is that the Transformer Prime will not function with the existing keyboard dock of the original Transformer.

Why this is a significant device


The Transformer Prime is the world’s first device to go to market with Tegra 3 on board, and with it, brings a substantial increase in performance, thanks to four active cores, and a companion fifth core, for less demanding tasks. The benchmarks of the Transformer Prime that have leaked so far are nothing short of absolutely stunning. Make no mistake folks, this is absolutely a next generation device.

Check out more info on Tegra 3 here

Furthermore, Ice Cream Sandwich has been coded from the ground up to offer true hardware acceleration, with everything displaying at 60 frames per second, offering unrivaled fluidity to enhance the user experience. While Android 3.2 Honeycomb will undoubtedly be a great experience due to the sheer power that Tegra 3 brings to the table, expect the update to Ice Cream Sandwich to bring with it a whole new level of usability,


The Transformer Prime will be the slimmest tablet on the market at 8.3mm thick, and boasts a brushed stainless steel exterior, and it looks absolutely stunning. The design itself, is clearly taking cues from the iPad 2, due to its black border, and the highly acclaimed Asus Zenbook Ultrabook. While those that have been fortunate enough to spend some time getting up close and personal have commented that it’s a finger print magnet, what high end device isn’t? We think it looks absolutely stunning.

The industry is all abuzz about this folks, and for good reason. The Asus Transformer Prime is likely to be one of the best selling Android tablets this holiday season, and beyond, in 2012. It’s significant because it boasts the latest, most cutting edge hardware on any mobile device, comes in a brilliant attractive design, and is packing serious productivity power via its optional keyboard dock. Make no mistake – this is not a toy, but potentially what so many have been waiting for; a notebook replacement with fantastic battery life, a great, responsive touch screen, and serious computing power for people on the move.

Excited much? As always, we love to hear what you think, so let us know in the comments below!

Via: Ztop

  • OMG, this cannot come fast enough. Can we have christmas on November 25th? Please?

  • Jon

    Any word on when this is coming out? Are they taking pre orders? I’ve been waiting for a tablet like this, and I think now’s the time to strike hahaha

    • AppleFUD

      Was scheduled for middle of November, but it looks like it has been pushed back to the beginning of December. . . and that’s somewhat questionable.

  • S H Goh

    transformer 1 was too thick & heavy. this is worth the months of waiting… can’t wait toget it !

  • Elina Hernández-Batista

    I WANT IT!!! i want it…

  • guest

    The design itself is clearly taking cues from the ipad 2 due to its black border” WTF!! Every tablet has a black border really the ones with white ones look bad

    • Anonymous

      I also don’t like most cars on the road are 4 wheeled. Why can’t we have 3 wheels, 5 wheels, or 7 wheels. Why can’t they make cars with odd number of wheels?

  • Lsh

    Any word on trackpad quality? Every review I’ve seen for Asus’s ultra book really rails on its poor trackpad…

    • Chanda949454

      Haven’t seen any bad review on this one. This isn’t ultrabook, thank god, a completely different animal!

  • oh wait apple like it so much that they will suit them

    • Anonymous

      Apple will have to line up behind Microsoft…
      But seriously, the judge can’t hold up a Prime and an iPad and ask the lawyers to identify which is which from 10 ft away the way they did with the Sammy Tab. The one with the nice keyboard cover is the Prime, and the one with a $45 plastic cover is the iPad 2. No one is dumb enough to confuse the two.

  • Excellent

  • Prime

    I for one can’t wait for the release. I thought people were crazy for camping out for the iPad but I will be there for the release of the Transformer Prime.

  • I owned the first Transformer, it was awesome. Can’t wait for this new one. I just built a new desktop and the Prime will be my laptop replacement.

    • Cnaskumar

      I didnt own any tablet till date, but just waiting for this to go for my laptop replacement.

  • Dennis Arkwright

    I will break my “No shopping after Thanksgiving (because the crowds are insane)” rule to go camp out at the first store to carry this. I have held out buying a tablet because I wanted to wait for the second generation to come out. This is what I have been waiting for.

  • Abc

    Receiving one of these for Christmas would certainly be an agreeable surprise!

  • This I can’t wait!

  • Although it is very difficult not to just run out and buy a tablet because it is available, I have resisted especially after doing exhaustive research on everything currently out there. I am done with the research…the Prime will be my tablet of choice. It will offer more than what I currently need but it will afford me the luxury of something to grow into. While I hate holiday shopping as soon as I get wind of its actual availablity, I’ll be there beating down the doors. The cash is already counted out and burning a hole in my pocket. Finally a Christmas season to look forward to.

  • em8

    Happy birthday to me!

  • Newguy

    The same price as the Ipad?

    • A bit cheaper, depending on the model – but it will be $499 at launch. The keyboard dock is another $150, so if you’re interested, get the tablet first, and get the keyboard after if you’re a constant emailer :)

  • To bad there is no 3/4G version yet

  • George

    Quad core… For all those high end Android apps out there! Given there aren’t any why do we need quad core? If its required to run the interface then why not just optimise the interface?

    • Anonymous

      If you haven’t seen Tegra 3 demos, then consider this: they are running different browser tabs on different cores. Yes, it’s true, there aren’t many (if any) Android apps optimized for multi-core, but it still helps a lot while multitasking. Actually, i think it’s just a lot cheaper and efficient to double the number of cores than to develop a single core with the same performance.

  • Sim

    Not only is it going to be the best tablet out there, it has the COOLEST NAME EVER! Apple Fanboi’s will be wiping away tears with their iPads ;p I was so close to getting a Galaxy Tab recently, but now I’m definitely demanding this for Christmas.

  • Is it possible to turn the screen around, with its back against the keybaord? That’s how I would use while on the tram …

  • Anon

    Someone has to say it, IT’S OVER 9000!
    It looks really nice and classy, but wish they had it in black.