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Transformer Prime now available for pre-order

Transformer Prime now available for pre-order
Transformer Prime now available for pre-order
32GB model starting for $499 with dark gray and champagne color options

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The quad-core Asus tablet can now be pre-ordered from at least one major online retailer.

As the successor to the original Tegra 2 Eee Pad Transformer tablet, the Tegra 3 Transformer Prime (TF201) will be one of the first consumer tablets out in the market with a quad-core processor. Currently, Amazon has two models for pre-order, a 32GB and 64GB model for $499 and $599, respectively. Each model is then available in two different colors, Amethyst Gray and Champagne, for a total of four different versions available. Besides the difference in built-in drive capacity and colors, all models are identical in every other aspect.

The 10.1-inch Transformer Prime boasts a 1280x800 resolution display, Gorilla Glass covering, 1GB RAM, front-and-rear cameras with flash, micro HDMI and Android 3.2 with upgradeability to 4.0 when available. Overall, the unit weighs 1.29 pounds (0.585kg), is 0.33 inches (0.838cm) thick and is listed for a 12 hour runtime from a full charge. Notably, the optional keyboard docking station adds an additional 6 hours of battery life for the user.

Unfortunately, the docking station is yet to be available for pre-order on Amazon. Tablet pre-orders, however, are expected to ship sometime December.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-11-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.