What the Google GALAXY Nexus is to smartphones, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is to tablets. Both are the most hotly anticipated Android devices, with the former already sporting the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latter rumored to pack the same sweet frozen treat (or, at least Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with Ice Cream Sandwich following shortly) when release time arrives.
The latest buzz about the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has been getting louder lately, with no precise release date for the quad-core Android tablet being officially revealed by anyone so far. Yet, signs are coming in, hinting that the release of the much-awaited tablet is drawing nigh.
Official Product Page Goes Live
One significant sign of an imminent release date is ASUS’s launching of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime official product page, which glowingly highlights the Android tablet’s features and specs, including the following:
- crazily thin and light build (8.3 millimeters thin, 586 g light)
- classy and stylish metallic spun finish for the tablet’s body and mobile docking station
- quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor for longer battery life, silky smooth performance, and superb multitasking
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 10.1-inch Super IPS+ touchscreen display (1280×800 resolution) protected from scratches and scrapes by Corning Gorilla Glass
- 178-degree wide viewing angle
- 1.2-megapixel secondary camera
- 8-megapixel primary camera with f/2.4 aperture, autofocus, and LED flash
- microSD card slot
- Micro HDMI port
- 8 gigabytes of free cloud storage–for life–on ASUS Webstorage
- preloaded apps (e.g., Polaris Office 3.0, SuperNote, Press Reader, MyCloud, MyNet, MyLibrary) and access to hundreds of thousands of apps on the Android Market
- mobile docking station (sold separately) that “transforms” the tablet into a netbook (complete with full QWERTY keyboard and USB port) and stretches battery power up to 18 hours
It is possible that the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Android 3.2 Honeycomb. Developers seem to have succeeded in putting a fully, beautifully functioning build of Android 4.0 onto the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, as shown in this demo video:
Preorders Have Begun in the U.S.
The other significant sign of an imminent release date for the ASUS tablet is the lengthening list of online stores that have started accepting preorders for the famed Android tablet.
Amazon U.S. is already accepting preorders for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime, whose brushed aluminum cover comes in either amethyst gray or champagne. Two models are available, too–a 32-gigabyte model priced at $499.99 and a 64-gigabyte model priced at $599.
You can head over to the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime preorder page on Amazon U.S. to place your order on the queue.
Amazon U.S. has also started accepting preorders for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Mobile Docking Station, which is what actually makes the Android tablet a “transformer.”
The docking station costs $149 and comes in the same matching colors (amethyst gray or champagne) as the tablet itself.
The docking station not only has a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad (just like what you’d find on a regular laptop or netbook) but also extends the tablet’s battery life by a few hours more.
The tablet itself has a 25-Wh Li-polymer battery that provides about 12 hours of power, but combined with the mobile docking station (which has its own Li-polymer battery), the overall battery life reaches about 18 hours.
If you want to preorder the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Mobile Docking Station along with the tablet, head off to Amazon now and save your spot on the queue.
…and in Canada
Best Buy Canada has also opened its queue for preorders of the quad-core Android tablet, but the Canadian retailer seems to have nailed down the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime release date in Canada (or at least an estimated time of release)–December 5.
Another Canadian online retailer, Future Shop, also pegs the estimated ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime release date on December 5. Like Best Buy Canada, Future Shop is also opening shop for preorders of the ASUS tablet.
Although not accepting preorders for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime yet, online retailer Staples Canada has also squeezed in a placeholder for the quad-core Android tablet on its website. The placeholder doesn’t give away anything juicy yet, except for the mention of the tablet’s name and the “Coming Soon” promise written in bold text.
Following the success of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, the Taiwanese company has yet again stirred excitement for its upcoming ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Millions around the world are looking forward to the release of the tablet, and rightly so, because of 6 reasons. A seventh one can be added: 40% longer battery life because of innovative technology that NVIDIA has squeezed into the tablet’s NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
Is the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime the apple of your tablet-hungry eye these days?