Asus has recently announced their new product, a successor to the highly popular Eee Pad Transformer, the Eee Pad Transformer prime. They have unveiled some of the specifications but intend to keep the majority of the information about the product secret until the proper launch 0n the 9th of November.
The things announced are:
- The popular and innovative keyboard dock has been kept. The dock will feature additional ports for other external devices, the keyboard obviously, a touchpad and a booster battery that will double the battery life of the tablet. This all seems great and really does make it a worthy rival to traditional laptops.
- It will launch with Android 3.2 Honeycomb and the recently released Ice Cream Sandwich should appear in a update in the near future.
- The processing power has been upped to a mightily impressive Tegra 3 processer (Nvidia’s latest). The stunning thing about this chip is that its a quad core. We’ve only had dual cores for a couple of months and now a quad core? Nvidia are clearly working hard. The Tegra 3 runs at up to 1.5Ghz per core and has a fifth core running at 500Mhz for background tasks.
- When not connected to it’s keyboard dock the device is a very slender 8.33mm. In comparison the iPad 2 is 8.8mm thick and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes in at 8.6mm.
I cannot wait to try this unit out and it seems Asus have been hard at work making the Eee Pad Transformer Prime the best it can be. If you had told me a quad core processor could be in a tablet 8.33mm thin a few weeks ago I would have said you were crazy.
Now it appears it’s reality. We should be hearing more about this on the 9th of November when Asus will hold a press event and hopefully we will find out the retail cost of the tablet.
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