Transformer Prime users facing GPS issues

Multiple users reporting problems in locking GPS when not connected to Wi-Fi

ASUS’s Transformer Prime may have been the hot-ticket this past holiday season, but that hasn't prevented it from running into its fair share of problems. After Amazon and other retailers ended up cancelling orders due to limited supplies, the tablet is now running into more problems- this time with its onboard GPS.

According to an 89-page thread on the popular XDA Developers Forumusers are running into trouble when attempting to use the GPS while not connected to a Wi-Fi network. In some instances the tablet is unable to lock on at all, while in others the device requires an unusually long time and some have hypothesized that the aluminum casing may be the culprit. 

Unfortunately, ASUS reps haven’t been too forthcoming with the issue, as no fix appears in sight and the only way to guarantee a GPS lock is to connect to a Wi-Fi network. Furthermore, ASUS hasn’t yet officially responded to the issue, and the company even removed the GPS as a specification from their US Transformer Prime website. 

The Prime was first announced back in November and received much publicity due to its 10.1” IPS display and it being the first quad-core Tegra 3 tablet to hit the market. The tablet has definitely run into a few problems, including a lawsuit over its name, but nonetheless most users have been pleased with the device and hopefully the GPS issue is resolved soon enough. 

Global Prime specifications including GPS
USA Prime specifications without GPS


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Omar Qudsi, 2012-01- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)