Asus officially announce the Asus Transformer Prime the successor to the Asus Transformer or like Asus says, a more premium option over the original transformer. The main selling point of this tablet is the Tegra 3 quad-core (really 5 cores) processor by NVidia. The tablet has already shown it’s impressive speeds off in a benchmark test where it score 10,000. The prime is going to have to be good to follow up the original transformer and after seeing what it has to offer it that won’t be hard.
Let’s look at a rundown of the specs before we jump into the hands-on from ZTop. The tablet will be a sleek and sexy tablet weighing in at 1.29lbs, 8.3mm thin, and a brushed aluminum backing, with the same circle pattern as the Asus Zenbook. The prime will have a 10.1” super IPS+ screen, with corning gorilla glass, and with 600 nits brilliant luminance offering a screen that is 1.5x brighter than the competition. The screen will have deep rich colors, and provide a 178° wide-view angle. Under the hood you will be provided with an NVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The processor is clocked at 1.4GHz and and has a whopping 5 cores. Four main cores that handle all the high maintenance task such as playing games, and opening web pictures. Along with the 4 main cores you have a fifth companion core for low end task such as running the OS, switching home screens, and opening core Google apps. The tablet comes with dual cameras one on the back and one on the front. The back camera is an 8MP auto-focus camera with flash and a F2.4 aperture, while the front camera is a 1.3MP camera. The transformer will have 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of ROM. The prime is going to get 12 hours of battery life without the dock, and 18 hours with the dock that has a 25Wh battery built in. The prime will run android 3.2 out of the box but they are saying it will soon get an update to android 4.0 which will even better the performance. This tablet will cost $499 for the 32GB model, and $599 for the 64GB model and will be available in black, or a brownish, tan color.
The first hands-on with this device came from a Brazilian blog site called ZTop. They got some hands-on time with an engineering model so there were a few bugs but nothing major and they will be ironed out before release sometime in December.
ZTop said to be a design mix of the IPad 2 and the Asus Zenbook. The tablet looks like an IPad 2 because of the front of the device. It has a large black border around the screen like the apple tablet, but the back is completely Asus styling. A big selling point is the form factor of the table. The tablet has rounded edges and is 8.3mm thin, that is thinner than the IPad 2 and slightly larger than the new thinnest smartphone the Motorola Razr.
On the prime itself the sides of the tablet include, a power button on the bottom right corner, a volume rocker, micro HDMI port and microSD card slot on the right side of the tablet, and on the left side of the tablet there is a 3.5mm headphone jack.
A main selling point of the original transformer was the keyboard dock, and of course Asus brought this back again but this time made it thinner. The keyboard connect to the laptop through 40 pins on the backside of the tablet. The keyboard dock has a 25Wh battery which provides an extra 6 hours of battery life to the tablet. The keyboard dock also gives you a USB port, and a subwoofer.
Asus also has made some changes to the android UI itself, the shortcut button to open the app now lets close them from the main screen using little x’s they put next to the app icon, and the notification bar has with scrolling to change basic setting such as WI-Fi, and airplane mode. There is also 2 batter icons which show you batter with and without the keyboard dock. Asus also changed the time widget that now adds the forecast for the next day. Also, you can put passwords on certain apps to protect them from other people.
Let’s take a look now at the older and more powerful brother the Transformer Prime, and the younger original transformer. The new transformer, the prime is much thinner than the original and it is also slightly smaller in height.
Of course one thing NVidia is hyping about Tegra 3 is the amazing gaming performance that you get with quad-core. This is shown off in the video of the blogger playing Shadowgun on the tablet, and I may say myself the gaming looks smooth, and beautiful.
Also another notable feature within the tablet that Asus included is Supernotes, an app that allows you to take notes by writing with your finger than shrinking it down to fit it on the lines. Along with this some other apps included by Asus are ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, ASUS sync, App Locker, App Backup, Tegra Zone, and Polaris Office.
Another feature that the blogger pointed out was the speakers and sound quality. He said the sound was extremely loud, and clear and would not disappoint anyone who is watching some movies on that beautiful screen, or just listening to music.
It really looks like Asus is taking the lead in the tablet market with this tablet but of course only the customers can decide that when they their own hands-on time with the device. You can get this tablet when it goes on sale sometime in December for $499 (32GB) or $599 (64GB) depending on how much memory you desire.