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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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