Asus officially releases the Eee Pad Transformer Prime
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Update: The Transformer Prime will have Android 4.0 before this year’s end.
It is November 9th in the east, and considering Asus is a Taiwanese company – it was only apt that the Transformer Prime was released today somewhere, on November 9. The Transformer Prime carries the high-profile quad-core Tegra 3 processor along with 12 cores GPU, 1GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage, a 10.1” multi-touch capable backlit screen and Android 3.2. It also has 1080p video recording support, 3.5-mm audio jacks micro HDMI , GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, microSD card and gorilla glass. The tablet sports profile 8.3 mm, weighs a scant 586G. Asus throws in an 8MP back and a 2MP front camera – all these for $499.
The battery promises to run you through a good 12 hours on a single battery life, but if that is not enough – you can always use the expandable optional dock keyboard costing $ 149 to extend the life to about 18hrs.
The Tegra 3, as we reported, should be a beast of a platform to serve you with minimum of energy consumption. This was achieved using the vSMP or Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing architecture makes this power usage switching possible. When a user only needs a low power, the 5th single core will come into play. It will do your daily tasks like viewing photos, reading mails or browsing the web easily, while conserving power and battery by shutting down the other four. The moment you need that extra power, let’s say while you are playing that demanding video game – the four cores take over to provide that extra bit of nitro to run these smoothly. If this reminds you of the Optimus technology NVIDIA made so popular in notebooks – you are not the only one! Androidcommunity finds out that the Tegra 3 could be up to three times a better performer than existing chips.
Note that Asus will continue selling the original transformer as a "Mainstream", alternative to the latest "Premium" level. The $399 price-tag can come down further once the Prime reaches stores.