You’d think that when Asus announces a version of its Transformer Prime tablet that is identical in every way except for a higher resolution 1920 x 1200 display, that would be good news. It is, don’t get me wrong, but I still can’t help but think of what reaction this will get from early Prime adopters. Asus is already facing heat from early adopters for bad GPS reception and a locked bootloader (an issue they have rectified), and now it’s essentially flipped off all those people who have desperately been trying (and succeeded) in getting what’s likely the hottest tablet right now by announcing that a better one is right around the corner. Seriously, I don’t see this going over well.
As for the tablet itself, well, it has a higher resolution screen. That’s it. Same specs all around, just that higher screen resolution. My guess? The Transformer Prime was supposed to be the device for Asus this year, only to have its theoretical launch date be drowned in leaked information about tablets from other companies sporting higher resolution screens. Asus then rushed to get an updated model out, which is why it’s otherwise identical. It will likely sell for $599-$699 when it launches in the second quarter of 2012. The question is what this revelation will do to sales of the current Prime.[Liliputing]