Transformer 3: 10" Android, quad-core tablet on the way

Google hasn't really said anything ​about tablets since their announcement yesterday of Android 4.0, but today, Asus Chariman, Jonney Shih revealed the next big Android tablet.

This tablet is impressive, sporting a quad-core nVidia Tegra 3, mini-HDMI, 14.5 hour battery, SD card slot and fancy "Zenbook" style top lid. It's also, tiny, measuring at just 8.3mm thick. Engadget says that it'll ship with Android -- likely Honeycomb at first -- and comes stock with a keyboard dock. 

Shih also said that he expected Ice Cream Sandwich to hit tablets "by the end of the year" or "perhaps earlier" but wasn't exactly definite with an answer to Walt Mossberg. The device is officially dubbed the "Transformer Prime" and we're told we should expect even more delicious details on November 9th from the company.

Will the device announcements this week end? Probably not. If you couldn't decide on a device before this week, you're now spoilt for choice.

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I think quad core is a utterly obsolete for android devices. In case of Windows 8 then i would say its fine because there are very hardcore games and apps such as Photoshop, CAD softwares and others available which can make optimum use of quad core computing.

Wow, never seen something so useless.
I own an android tablet and hell, it's laggy.
Instead of puting more juice in it to make it faster, optimize it.
WebOS on the Pré was less worst.

Quad core great. As long as there are apps there to make use of it. Else its just a waste. Opening a website in 0.1seconds instead of 0.3 or such.

I guess if it costs the same as the previous gen though then u can't argue with that.

HEH I finally caved two weeks ago as this looked like it wasn't going to see this year and I bought a cheap android tablet. Now it suddenly ramps up
Oh well, might buy one of these next year then

vacs said,
Too bad, this probably means that I shouldn't expect a Android 4 update on my Transformer 1...

You should. It will happen.

Transformer 3? This is the Transformer 2 you mean.

"Will the device announcements this week end?"

Neowin please double-read your articles before posting.

What i want to know is where the trailer is? Its not a proper prime without a trailer. Also where does the trailer go when it transforms?

coth said,
there is no USB port, so it's pretty big fail

i'll wait for acer

Like Transformer 1, there's two full-sized USB ports on the dock.

Sacha said,

Like Transformer 1, there's two full-sized USB ports on the dock.


if i need dock all the time with me - i'd rather buy netbook

coth said,

if i need dock all the time with me - i'd rather buy netbook

Then why buy a tablet that will come with a dock?
Just buy a different tablet. You seem to be forgetting that the dock when closed will also help to protect the screen, so doubling as a hard cover

Would rather have a more unified OS and smoother experience than hrdware thats faster than any of the apps it can run actually need...

Oh, goody! Soon any punter will have more cores in a tablet than us in most powerful desktops.
I believe that something has gone wrong during the neverending loop of progress. Wrong priorities?

cralias said,
Oh, goody! Soon any punter will have more cores in a tablet than us in most powerful desktops.
I believe that something has gone wrong during the neverending loop of progress. Wrong priorities?

A half decent single core x86 CPU will run laps round a Quad Core ARM CPU.

cralias said,
I believe that something has gone wrong during the neverending loop of progress. Wrong priorities?

I assume you're not including cancer research and human rights in that definition of progress.

Jeex said,

I assume you're not including cancer research and human rights in that definition of progress.

My bad. I intented to refer only to the portable computing technology.

Tony. said,

A half decent single core x86 CPU will run laps round a Quad Core ARM CPU.


That is wrong. There was a pic that came a while back that compared the quad-core tegra 3 to a core 2 duo, and showed that the tegra 3 totally killed the core 2.

Calling shenanigans on the article, it does not change into anything. I want to see before and after pictures of what it changes to.

Gotenks98 said,
Calling shenanigans on the article, it does not change into anything. I want to see before and after pictures of what it changes to.

You don't want to know

Gotenks98 said,
Calling shenanigans on the article, it does not change into anything. I want to see before and after pictures of what it changes to.

Laptop to Tablet

Gotenks98 said,
Calling shenanigans on the article, it does not change into anything. I want to see before and after pictures of what it changes to.

It changes into an iPad2, what else? LOL (tossing that in before some iZealot does)