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Are we being revisited by the netbooks? Is this a smaller ultrabook? Is this the future of the laptop? Well, actually, it is neither of those things! This is a tablet, in the most conventional form factor, with the additional full-fledged keyboard dock. Hooked up together, it does look very much like a netbook if you aren't looking closely at the details. To say that the Transformer Prime evolved from the original Transformer would not be factually correct. At least when it comes to the design bit. The chocolate brown plastic finish, with an imprint, has been replaced by the amethyst grey aluminum. Also available is the champagne gold option, in case you like that one better. Quite similar to what the lid on the Asus Zenbook ultrabook looked like, this one also has a circular pattern, what Asus call the metallic spun design. This is a tablet that is littered with ports and connectivity options on all sides. Holding it in landscape mode with the Asus logo the correct side up, you will have the power key on the left edge of the top spine. The right spine has the 3.5mm headphone jack. The left spine is probably the business side – volume rocker, mini-HDMI out and a microSD slot.
Bringing a new tablet onto the market is not easy. Manufacturers are up against the mighty iPad – and even giants such as Samsung and HTC have found it hard to compete against Apple's flagship device. Asus has been trying a different tack – now, you might know the Taiwanese company as the maker of budget netbooks, and expect that any tablet it produces will be a similar low-cost production. But in the case of the Transformer Prime, Asus has actually come up with the very first quad-core tablet in the world – plus it's the first to run on the latest Android OS for tablets – Ice Cream Sandwich. At first glance, the Asus EEE Pad Transformer Prime is very like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Turn it over and you'll see how well made it really is. The device connects to its own keyboard via its USB and HDMI ports. The Galaxy Tab is able to link to any Bluetooth keyboard, while Asus has seen fit to bundle the keyboard dock – bringing the price to 499 – not exactly cheap but highly desirable. Especially as tablets start to take over from PCs. It is also highly customisable and has an incredibly powerful chip, which can handle far more in the way of software than is currently available. So could it finally be the tablet to rival the iPad?
Garnering plenty of attention from almost every critic, thanks to its combinational stellar pricing and expansive functionality, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer managed to rise to the top of the ranks within the Android Honeycomb landscape last year. For round two, Asus isn’t simply going to be content with making the usual set of iterative improvements, oh no, but instead, they’re aiming to grab a firm grasp on the market while setting the benchmark for everyone else.Perhaps, it’s the allure of being the very first to feature the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, or maybe that it’s one of the few devices to offer the most up-to-date Android experience in Ice Cream Sandwich, whatever it is, the Asus Transformer Prime is here to tantalize us with its all-encompassing magnificence. Knowing it’s packed to the roof with dreamy hardware, the $500 pricing it’s sporting is simply icing on the cake – though, all talk is nice, but let’s find if it can walk the walk.Impressively, Asus went all out this time around with the design of the Transformer Prime seeing that they didn’t leave any stone unturned in crafting this beauty. Simply put it, the Asus Transformer Prime is one of the best-looking tablets we’ve seen to date – hands down!
The first tablet on earth to be licensed by Google to officially be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the ASUS Transformer Prime, and we've got it running slick here in a full review for you. This tablet has been out for some weeks now, but has just been updated officially to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this month. As we found at CES 2012, this tablet/transformer device has indeed worked with Google to make this happen, and you'll see the speed and excellence therein because of it. Also before you begin be sure to check out our full Transformer Prime review to see the rest of the capabilities of this machine. The build you're seeing here is what you'll get when you update your ASUS Transformer Prime to ICS, and the first thing you'll see is that it's not Vanilla. The way ASUS has worked with Android 4.0 is in a way that makes it NEARLY Vanilla, that is completely unmodified by the manufacturer, but they've done some cool changes themselves. They've not only done a good job in not taking too much out or adding too much back in in this build, and you'll see right away that the system is slick as ever. The icons for the basic built-in applications have been changed to Ice Cream Sandwich loveliness, and interfaces have been changed to several basic Google-built apps.
A few months after the success of the EeePad Transformer, Asus is back with the EeePad Transformer Prime, which looks set on push the envelope in all domains. The screen, the processor, the design and soon the operating system have all been improved on the Prime. The overall concept is however unchanged: what we’re getting is the missing link with a keyboard dock equipped with an additional battery and connectors. First of all, this is the first machine to run on the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor (codename Kal-El). A quad-core clocked at 1.5 GHz, it also has a fifth core (Companion Core) clocked at 500 MHz designed for simple tasks that don’t require too much processing power. 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage are added to the mix. Asus has preferred to start its Prime range at 32 GB rather than 16 GB at the same time as keeping the price down to the level of the smallest capacity (16 GB) first Transformer at launch. The connectors on the new tablet are identical to those on the first: a 40 pin proprietary port for the keyboard dock connection, file transfer and charging via a USB port or USB charger, a micro-HDMI out, a microSD slot to increase storage capacity by up to an additional 32 GB and finally a 3.5 mm headphones jack.
The first Asus Eee Pad Transformer turned quite a few heads with its keyboard dock and sparked numerous debates over whether it's truly a tablet or a laptop. Asus is back again with the Transformer Prime, but has beefed it up with a searingly powerful quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM. The model we tested was running the older Android 3.2 Honeycomb software, but Asus promises it will be updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the time it goes on sale in the UK. We can only review what's in front of us -- hence our disappointment with the software -- but we'll update this review once the promised update materialises. The Prime will be available from January for £499. Like the original Transformer, the Prime is a device of two halves: a 10.1-inch tablet and a keyboard for it to dock into. We're not quite sure if it's more tablet or laptop. The tablet part is a 10.1-inch affair. An all-metal back makes it feel incredibly sturdy. We poked and squeezed until our fingers hurt and couldn't detect any signs of weakness. We're very confident in the Prime's ability to survive a good road trip.
The burning question with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer prime release, as with any tablet, is this: is it better than the Apple iPad 2? The immediate follow-up question is usually a bit less thrilling: can it beat the reigning champion of Android tablets, the super-slim and light Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? We'll explore both questions in depth, but for those whole don't like to wait around for the punch line, we'll say that the super-thin and light Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime might just be the best tablet ever made. But first, the basics - in the UK, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will go on sale in January 2012. There's only going to be one version over here, which is a 32GB SKU bundled with the keyboard,a charger, cleaning cloth, USB cable and earbuds.This bundle will cost you £499, which is £70 more than the 16GB tablet-keyboard bundle that theoriginal Eee Pad Transformer came in when it launched earlier in 2011.The most important spec on the new Transformer is the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. Everything amazing about the Prime tablet rests on this quad-core, 1.3GHz chip.HD videos play smoother (and longer, with up to 12 hours of battery use for video) than ever before.
When it launched the original Eee Pad Transformer TF101 last spring, ASUS was the first and only vendor to offer a 10-inch tablet with a keyboard attachment that turned the device into a clamshell-style Android notebook. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201 achieves an even bigger first, as it is the first tablet powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 CPU. However, the $499 Transformer Prime is more than just a performance leader; with a slim design, super-bright IPS screen, sharp camera, and comfy keyboard dock, it's now the Android tablet to beat.Click to EnlargeOne of the best-looking tablets we've tested, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime has a brushed-aluminum Amethyst Gray back with a shiny, circular gray pattern and a silver ASUS logo that reminded us of the ASUS Zenbook UX31 Ultrabook. The front of the device has an unremarkable, but pleasant, glossy black bezel.The thin rounded sides hold a fair selection of ports and buttons. The smallest power button we've ever seen on a tablet sits inconspicuously on the upper-left surface. In practice, we found it difficult to locate the button, but paradoxically, it was far too easy to accidentally press it when holding the device upside down and leaning it on a table or lap.
Welcome to the next generation of Android tablets - where the year 2011 has been dominated utterly by the dual-core processor by the name of Tegra 2, so too does NVIDIA hold the next keys to the kingdom with the quad-core processor Tegra 3, and this is the city which you'll love to explore: the ASUS Transformer Prime. What you're going to get is a 10.1-inch tablet made with Gorilla Glass, radial spun Aluminum, a best-in-class Super IPS+ display, and an optional keyboard dock that brings you to the next generation of mobile: transforming devices. Will this slate / notebook Transformer Prime convince you that it's time to join the tablet world, finally, after all this time? We shall see! The magic in this device is not only in its keyboard dock, but once you get a taste of the ta on its own, its hard to resist the desire to own what basically amounts to the other half of it. Battery life essentially doubles when you've got both pieces and with this connection you've got the next generation of device in your hands today: a notebook with a touchscreen. Of course to make it all worth it, you've got to have an operating system that'll back it all up - we'll chat about that a bit more in the Software portion of this review.
What does a laptop in the post-PC era look like? Is it an ultrabook with familiar internals and software in a dramatically slimmed-down shell? Or is it possible to use a modern mobile OS like Android, energy-efficient chips, and build something that bridges the gap between the portability of a tablet and the power of a laptop? Leave it to two companies with deep roots in the PC industry — Asus and Nvidia — to take a stab at that question with the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. It’s the world’s first quad-core Tegra 3 tablet, and not only does it have double the power of today’s dual-core ARM processors, but like the original Transformer, it's available with a keyboard dock that transforms the tablet into a more traditional laptop. On top of that, the $499 device (with 32GB of storage) has been slimmed down from its predecessor and given both an 8-megapixel camera and a brand new SuperIPS+ display. You can see why the package sounds like the perfect blend of tablet and laptop, but is it? Do the added cores enhance the user experience? And as a tablet, is it primed to take on the iPad — the frontrunner in this post-PC competition? Those are big questions, all of which will be answered in the review below.
Since the launch of the iPad 2, we've been kind of waiting for the Asus Transformer Prime. While we didn't know it existed until a few months ago, the thought of a powerful, robust, and sexy Android tablet has been invading our tablet dreams for months. Is the Transformer Prime that tablet? With its quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, it definitely has the potential. The Prime comes in two colors, amethyst gray (gray and purple) and champagne gold (silver and gold). We got the amethyst gray version for review, and although a purple tablet admittedly wasn't the highest item on our holiday wish list, the gray and purple are blended in a sleek, sexy, and appealing way. And although the aluminum backside does a good job of resisting fingerprints, the glossy screen and bezel succumb to them easily. The Prime is about an inch wider than the iPad 2 but a hair thinner; it's also thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's slightly heavier than both aforementioned tablets, but its weight is distributed evenly, so we felt only a negligible difference. The Prime takes some design cues from the iPad 2 with a sloped backside and rounded corners that don't dig into our palms, as the previous Transformer did.
It sometimes rolls this way. One of the most hotly anticipated product launches of the year and, you guessed it, the prized package drops on your doorstep for testing and evaluation literally hours before the official launch hits. Have we had nearly enough time with this sleek little minx? Absolutely not. But when the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime shows up packing NVIDIA's new Tegra 3 Quad-Core SoC with its perky fifth companion core in tow, you man-up (or woman-up as the case may be), get your geek on and burn some midnight oil. At least dessert wasn't on the menu. No Ice Cream Sandwiches here just yet, thank God. Android 4.0 on top, with this kind of turn-around, would have been an aneurism in the making, but hey, life is short. Live fast, die young, stay pretty. Nah, I'll pass on that, thanks. Honeycomb 3.2 will do just fine for now and Asus is one of the best in the biz with OTA updates, so we'll take that in stride later. So, what do we have for you on the pages ahead? This is a PREVIEW of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet with NVIDIA's Tegra 3 Quad Core low power SoC. We've got a lot of ground to cover and time is short; so we'll cut the chatter. But you've been warned.
Welcome to the big leagues. The Asus eee Pad Transformer Prime feels like the first laptop-class Android tablet, with its quad-core 1.4Ghz processor, clever add-on keyboard dock, and its support for USB storage and console gamepads. This is easily the most impressive Android tablet ever. But with such startling specs, it's outstripping the weak app selection available for Google's Android Honeycomb OS. Although there are a few standout apps for the platform, the lack of a thriving Android tablet app community makes the Transformer Prime a less sure choice than it should be. Physical Description and Battery LifeThe Asus eee Pad Transformer Prime ($499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB) is a very long, narrow tablet at 10.4 by 7.1 by .3 inches and 20.6 ounces, but it's very slim at .3 inches. It comes in silver and purple. There's a power/dock connector on the bottom, a MicroUSB slot and MicroSD card slot on the left, a standard 3.5-mm headset jack on the right and a somewhat annoyingly recessed power button on top. The tablet connects to the Internet using Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and it also has Bluetooth.
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