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Asus Transformer Prime Coming December 8th?

By - Source: Digital Trends | B 30 comments

A Newegg pre-order listing shows a release date of December 8 for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet.

A pre-order listing on Newegg shows that the upcoming Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet is slated to launch on December 8. The device will come packed with Nvidia's new Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.30 GHz, and sport 1 GB of DDR2 memory, 32 GB of storage and a typical pricetag of $499.99 USD.

"Paired for perfection," states Asus on its tablet-oriented website. "The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the perfect example of what a tablet should be. The innovative design not only seamlessly provides the user with a keyboard, touchpad and expandability options, but also battery life up to 18 hours for all day computing and productivity."

Strangely enough, the Asus website doesn't list Newegg as an official pre-order site, but instead lists Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, TigerDirect and even GameStop. That said, Newegg is the only online retailer that's actually listing a ship date, leading us to wonder if the release date is even valid.

When launched next month, the Transformer Prime tablet will sport Google's Android 3.2 "Honeycomb" OS backed by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 SoC, 1 MB of L2 cache, DirectX 11-capable GPU cores and a 10.1-inch 1280 x 600 resolution screen made out of Gorilla Glass. It will also feature an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a microSD slot, a mini-HDMI port and 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.

The Transformer Prime will be the first tablet to use Nvidia's new Tegra chip, but it will also reportedly be the first tablet capable of running Google's next edition of Android, v4.0 aka "Ice Cream Sandwich." A separate 64 GB version priced at the typical $599.99 USD will launch sometime soon, but neither model will sport 3G connectivity.

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    blueeyesm , November 29, 2011 12:48 PM
    It certainly needs a red and blue custom paint job with the Autobots emblem...
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    burnley14 , November 29, 2011 12:08 PM
    Wanted to get the original Transformer but never did, maybe I'll jump on board for this one . . .
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 12:09 PM
    Gamestop say the 9th of Dec so I'm thinking it could be possible.
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 12:14 PM
    how can they sell a mobile internet device that has no 3g? there is no wifi everywere !!! bbuuuoo i will not buy it.
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    donovands , November 29, 2011 12:31 PM
    Transformer Prime? Isn't someone going to sue? Will the next version be the ASUS Megatron? (In which case I will be forced to buy it on the awesomeness of its name alone)
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    blueeyesm , November 29, 2011 12:48 PM
    It certainly needs a red and blue custom paint job with the Autobots emblem...
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    Marco925 , November 29, 2011 1:49 PM
    donovandsTransformer Prime? Isn't someone going to sue? Will the next version be the ASUS Megatron? (In which case I will be forced to buy it on the awesomeness of its name alone)

    While your statement made me laugh, it isnt quite as close as Optimus Prime.
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    tanjo , November 29, 2011 1:49 PM
    Next, make one that will compete with Gigabyte's Booktop. I don't like this weak stuff.
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    marcush , November 29, 2011 2:04 PM
    "10.1-inch 1280 x 600 resolution screen"

    I am hoping that is a typo?
    I was even hoping that the new tablets would have an even higher DPI.
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    aaron88_7 , November 29, 2011 2:18 PM
    Quote:
    The device will come packed with Nvidia's new Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.30 GHz

    Huh? Wasn't it supposed to be clocked at 1.6Ghz? I've also recently heard it was 1.4Ghz, and Best Buy has it listed as 1.0Ghz.

    Maybe this is why Asus has been so tight lipped about the specifications/release date. Problems behind the scenes?
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    igot1forya , November 29, 2011 3:32 PM
    "DirectX 11-capable GPU" - really it's only a valid spec on a Windows system - so what are the GL spec'ed at?
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    hannibal , November 29, 2011 3:45 PM
    Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 is still manufactured with older technology, it is quad core, so temps and power usage can be problematic...

    28 nm upgrade will do good to these multicore GPU's and CPU's!

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    doive1231 , November 29, 2011 4:07 PM
    Hey, it says 12/08/2011. It's been out for months.
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    sturgeob , November 29, 2011 4:45 PM
    doive1231, This is the newset Transformer, not the original one. It has not been released yet.
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    deltatux , November 29, 2011 4:54 PM
    Amazon says 16th, Best Buy says 5th, NewEgg says 8th, my local retailer where I preordered it says between December 1 - 15th.

    Conclusion: no one except ASUS seems to know.
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    plc383 , November 29, 2011 5:28 PM
    Don't know if anyone has touched on this but, the dock has touch sensitive areas to simulate, left and right mouse clicks.. Finally a combo with gamers in mind.
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 5:33 PM
    Gamestop says 9th
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    Parsian , November 29, 2011 5:44 PM
    oh man, i wish they could release a version with WACOM. I can totally throw away my ion netbook and stick with this for school and install win 8 on it. I am hearing Matlab is coming out with ARM version as well :p 
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    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 5:58 PM
    The article says that Newegg is not listed on Asus's website as a preorder retailer, but it most certainly is there on the US side when you click 'preorder'
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    coldmast , November 29, 2011 6:06 PM
    "DirectX 11-capable GPU" for when Windows 8 comes out for ARM, and developers flock en masse. #sarcasm
    In order for this statement to have merit:
    1. Microsoft has Direct X (and windows 8) available for this device and games that used Direct X 11 on ARM existed.
    2. Some way existed to leverage an x86 processor w/ said DirectX 11-capable GPU. (Atom powered dock)
    3. ARM magically emulates x86.
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    DaddyW123 , November 29, 2011 6:37 PM
    I'm wondering what would happen if I put an unbuntu live install on an SD card and popped it into tablet... would it come up? That would be freaken fantastic. Chip out? Android Tablet. Chip in? Ubuntu!
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