Asus Transformer Prime tablet due on Dec. 12

If you want to get your hands on the bleeding edge in tablet technology, you can do that very thing on December 12. The Verge reports that is the date that Asus will launch online sales in the US for the Transformer Prime 10.1 inch tablet device. As we have reported before, it will be the first device that will be sold with NVIDIA's new quad-core based Tegra 3 processor.

If you like to do your tablet shopping the old fashioned way by going into a retail store, the Transformer Prime will be available one week later on December 19. Pricing for the 32 GB version of the tablet will be $499 while the 64 GB version will set you back $599.

There's also an optional dock for the tablet that doubles as a notebook-like keyboard for an extra $149. The Transformer Prime will run Android 3.2 but Asus has promised that it will get an update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, in the near future. And if the early reviews of the tablet are correct you might want to hold off on getting the Transformer Prime until that update is available.

In the meantime you can check out the new promo video for the tablet above, which combines some odd looking CGI with some informative stats about the Transformer Prime's hardware specs.

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The Laughing Man said,
Anyone know if the touch pad works like a real mouse? I've only found mixed answers online.

It functions as a pointer and as multi-touch gesture input as well (Two fingers left or right swipes homescreens etc).

Heard this from a friend as she's planning to buy. But this is the first time I've seen it or watch the video. Pretty impressed!

I too would like to read these early reviews. Why should we wait exactly? Honeycomb is pretty great on my original Transformer. Certainly much better than 2.3 on my phone. Kinda gutted that I paid US $400 for my transformer a few months back but as far as I see quad core is over kill anyway. As of now my original transformer chomps everything I throw at it (multitasking between games and apps, opera browser with multiple tabs playing embedded videos/flash etc.). In fact there's only two games out that come close to challenging the dual core (shadowgun & riptide). Still it's a sexy piece of hardware for sure and I'll probably make the jump in 8-12 months.

While this looks and sounds nice, I think i'll find myself waiting on samsung's next tablets.. and hopefully ones that don't include tegra.

smooth3006 said,
Looks nice.

Yeah way to go ASUS for making a descent tablet with the worst colors of 2011. Thanks for trying ASUS, but I'll die before I allow myself to be seen in public with a purple or gold tablet... better luck next year.

Id love to sell my touchpad and get this, but I'll wait for windows 8 tablet with similar form factor and sell my Samsung rc20 laptop next year to help towards cost

WP7 said,
Id love to sell my touchpad and get this, but I'll wait for windows 8 tablet with similar form factor and sell my Samsung rc20 laptop next year to help towards cost

Rumour has it that Windows 8 might be able to run on this, problem is its only rumour

Teebor said,

Rumour has it that Windows 8 might be able to run on this, problem is its only rumour

Probably will be able to, only problem is it'll come from an aftermarket solution IE an android rooted dual boot of sorts as ASUS no doubt will have similar tablets released under different branding and features for windows.

Sadly no UK official release date that I've found yet

I was so excited when I heard this was being released in December then found out it was US only. Can't decide if I want to take the customs gamble to order one

There is also a front facing camera for video chats.

Xoligy said,
Looks nice indeed, no good if your a Skype user though camera is on the wrong side.

Never saw it in the vid. thanks for the info though!" =)

Sharmuto said,
There is also a front facing camera for video chats.

eilegz said,
too bad the price its just not right.... so expensive
The original Transformer is being sold here in Canada for $499 for the 16gb version and $599 for the 32gb at regular price (not counting the sales lately). So it's a little better that now the 32gb will be $499 and the 64gb is $599.

Thats not bad for price with the dock and keyboard - couldn't find a list of full specs yet but I guess the biggest question is will it play Crysis?

Asus should license the sounds from Hasbro.

Hey Asus, if you're going to steal the name, at least pay for the sound. Might even dupe some silly consumers into buying it.

(Like ^ This guy)

with NVIDIA's new quad-core based Tegra 3 processor and The Transformer Prime will run Android 3.2 but Asus has promised that it will get an update to Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich,... I Can't wait !!

But i was thinking about the jet stream

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