Asus Transformer Prime tablet now shipping

If you want to get in on the ground floor of a new mobile processing chip, you can finally do so with Asus' Transformer Prime tablet; the Android 3.2 based device is officially the first product that will have NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor inside. The quad-core chip is the successor to the dual-core Tegra 2 that has been used in a large number of high end Android-based smartphones and tablets in the past year.

The Verge reports that shipments of the Transformer Prime have begun for Amazon customers who have pre-ordered the tablet; pre-order shipments have also started over at TigerDirect Canada. However, Engadget reports that orders for the tablet at Best Buy have now been back ordered with the retailer telling customers they won't start shipping it for another week or two. It appears that those customers won't be getting the Transporter Prime under their Christmas tree.

Asus has already sent out a statement saying it expects all pre-orders for the tablet to be fulfilled "shortly" and that the Transformer Prime will be in retail stores "in the very near future". The statement added, "We will reach normal inventory levels in January for the North American market based on current orders and forecasts."

Just a reminder: the 10.1 inch device comes in two versions; 32 GB for US$499 or 64 GB for US$599. Both versions weight 1.29 pounds, contain 1 GB of RAM, a micro SD card slot, and a micro HDMI port; they also have a 1.2 megapixel front camera and an eight megapixel rear camera. An optional US$149 dock allows the tablet to have a notebook-like keyboard.

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this thing could really do with Windows 8. Even the developer preview is better than Honeycomb. (probably better than ICS too)

I thought the $500 included the dock as well, but this states its optional?

That makes it quite expensive, but then its new tech so not totally surprised

Teebor said,
I thought the $500 included the dock as well, but this states its optional?

That makes it quite expensive, but then its new tech so not totally surprised

It's less expensive than the iPad 16Gb and the keyboard is still an option and you don't get to have USB port or SD card reader... So, it's not that bad...

coth said,
poor device. low resolution display 1280x800. no USB, SD card reader etc.

i'd wait for acer a701.

U r kiddin', right? What do you expect from a tablet? Mini workstation power?

coth said,
poor device. low resolution display 1280x800. no USB, SD card reader etc.

i'd wait for acer a701.

Has both when docked so... guess it depends where you want the USB port.

coth said,
poor device. low resolution display 1280x800. no USB, SD card reader etc.

i'd wait for acer a701.

Acer?? Hahahah!!

I suppose if you want to save a few bucks for the sake of having your PC die right after the standard warranty period. I've had more than one Acer do that, and only Acer, that's why I wont buy them any more. I'd pay the extra for an ASUS, because at least I know it will work until it can't anymore, not die for no reason while still looking new... then have the company ship broken replacement parts and then take another 2 months shipping working ones with the wrong specs....

Acer...

Worst... company.... ever!

Brandon said,

You're kidding right?

no. why would someone want only 1gb of ram.

why dont the tablet makers add more ram instead of cpu cores ?

ShareShiz said,

no. why would someone want only 1gb of ram.

why dont the tablet makers add more ram instead of cpu cores ?


cause your not running battlefield with it

ShareShiz said,
quad core with 1gb ram

pass -_-

You do realize that modern gaming consoles only have 512MB of ram? Unlike a PC dedicated machines don't need an extreme amount of ram, 1gb is more than ample for anything the prime will want to do.

freak180 said,
^^ not really, It looks awesome with the current OS

So lets totally disregard like 25+ years of OS programming and subsystems like directX just because the current OS, which is android in this case, has some neat but ultimately gimmicky interface elements. Ummmm WHAT!!! Microsoft is going to smash the tablet industry. Android is becoming a prettier and prettier UI but its losing the simplicity required for a small touch screen form factor. I love the WP7 tiles. I dont care how pretty my OS is, as long as it allows me to run rings around other people sitting with their vanity based tech products i am content. Its a sad world the one in which people actually think a tech product makes them cool.

So far Microsoft is far from overtaking anything at that pace, especially on the mobile and tablet market.

An Android isn't that new either, considering it is a fork of the GNU/Linux kernel, and the 3D graphics library is based on OpenGL ES.

So yes Android is new, but still has strong foundation and a good programming legacy behind it.

Edited by m-p{3}, Dec 20 2011, 6:08pm :

Holey said,
Imagine an Asus Transformer running Windows 8... THAT will be awesome

imagine a forum where people don't double post!