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Asus' Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first Android tablet to be based on Nvidia's five-core Tegra 3 chip, will arrive in Blighty early next year.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

The 10.1in successor to Reg Hardware's Editor's Choice high-end Android tablet will come with Android 3.2 Honeycomb pre-loaded, but Asus pledged the device will be upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sarnie.

Alas, Asus didn't say when such an update might be made available.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend

The Prime sports a 1280 x 800 display covered with Corning's Gorilla Glass. It has 1GB of DDR 2 memory and 32GB of Flash storage expandable with Micro SD cards. There's an 8Mp camera on the back and a 1.2Mp webcam on the tablet's face.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Connectivity extends to 2.4GHz 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1, a micro HDMI port. Buy the optional clip-on keyboard dock and you get an extra SD card slot and a USB 2.0 port.

The dock has a secondary, 22Wh battery on board to complement the Prime's own 25Wh power pack. The cost is a doubling of weight - 586g for the tablet alone to 1.1kg for both - and a doubling of thickness to 18.7mm. The Prime alone is a slim 8.3mm.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

The Transformer Prime will come bundled with the keyboard dock. The whole package is priced at £499. ®

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