Asus prices up five-core Eee Pad Android tablet
Nice kit, Ice Cream Sarnie ready
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Transformer Prime will come bundled with the keyboard dock. The whole package is priced at £499. ®
"Open it up a bit, silly girl... Oh, and turn around"
that was as far as I got
Gah, how am I supposed to ignore my family at Christmas without one of these?
ASUS builds tough stuff
My daughter has an Eee Transformer and she treats it rough, but it is still functioning well. Every day she throws it in her backpack and subjects it to two daily bicycle rides and playground breaks to boot.
My wife has an Eee PC netbook and I know for a fact it has fallen from counter tops to a marble floor on at least 17 occasions (yes, I count) and all it takes is a squeeze around the outer edge, to reseat the plastic latches, and it is as good as new!
If the new transformer has similar construction it is recommended.