Transformer Prime now official

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Asus’ EEE Pad Transformer will go down in history as one of the most unique and successful of the initial generation of Android tablets. The successor, the Transformer Prime, has been in the news a lot lately in regards to it being the first Tegra 3 equipped tablet out there, and now it’s finally official.

The specs of this thing surely don’t disappoint. Hidden in the 8.3mm thick/586 gram device is naturally the very fast Tegra 3 chip supplemented by 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is 32GB or 64GB, there’s a 8 mega pixel backlit CMOS back camera capable of 1080p video recording, and a 1.3 mega pixel front camera for video chats. The tablet itself also has a microSD slot and microHDMI port, and battery life is up to 12 hours.

Part of what makes the Transformer concept special is of course the keyboard dock that turns it into a laptop, and that is back as well. Slimmer, better looking, packing a USB port and SD slot, and capable of extending the battery life with another 6 hours. The dock more or less doubles the thickness and weight of the combined package, but the beauty is that you can choose whether to use it.

This version of the Transformer will cost a bit more than the last, starting at $499 for the 32GB version in the US and adding another 100 for the 64GB version. The dock will be an additional $149 like last time, though you will likely be able to pick up a bundle. It will ship with Android 3.2 but be upgradeable to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Release date is not known, but it will likely pop up before the holiday season.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.