Asus has just officially announced and launched the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet which is the first device ever based on Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-Core processor. The device will hit the stores starting this very day with a price tag of $499 and $599 for 32GB and 64GB respectively while the keyboard dock will be separately priced at $149.
The most notable thing in this tablet is its quad core processor, Nvidia Tegra 3 with an additional ‘Companion Core‘ which runs at lower clock speed when in idle mode. The new 12-core GPU makes it 5X more powerful than Tegra 2 but at the same time sucking lesser power. The The battery life of the Transformer Prime tablet is quoted at 12 hours that can be extended to 18 hours as claimed by Asus with the use of keyboard dock.
The 10.1-inch Super IPS+ screen is protected using scratch resistant Gorilla Glass while the oily and watery smudges are kept at bay using the ‘hydro-oleophobic coating’ on the display panel and metallic surface.
Imaging side of the tablet is under the care of an 8MP Back-Illuminated (BIS) CMOS sensor that claims hugely improved clarity as it intakes more light information using its f/2.4 aperture range while 1.2MP front facing camera allows video chat capabilities and occasionally to check out our hair. SonicMaster technology coupled with extra long speakers significantly improves sound quality as claimed.
Finally, at the software front, it will be shipped with Android Honeycomb but it will be the first tablet to taste the cool Ice Cream Sandwich when its update hits in early December.