Asus had a press briefing on the Asus
The Transformer Prime has a 10.1″ Super IPS+ 1280 x 800, 10 finger multitouch display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Under the hood we’ve got Nvidia’s new Tegra 3 quad core process running at 1.3GHz with 1GB or RAM and the option for a 32 or 64GB SSD along side some cloud based storage from ASUS Webstorage.
The camera is significantly improved with an 8MP rear facing camera and a 1.2MP on the front with increased shutted speeds. The rear camera has a flash and features a large F2.4 aperture when most others have a smaller F2.8 which will improve field of depth. There are a bevy of connections available including a 2-in-1 audio jack, micro HDMI, Micro SD card reader, internal microphone and the dock offers an additional 1 USB 2.0 & a full size card reader. There are also a series of sensors including a G-Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, GPS & Light Sensor which presumably will be used to automatically gauge screen brightness.
It was unclear if the tablet will launch with Android 4.0, but since the spec sheet provided below indicated that its upgradable from Android 3.2 to 4.0 chances are it won’t hit the ground with Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Transformer Prime will cost you $499 (32GB) & $599 for the 64GB, the original Transformer will drop in price down to $399 for the 16GB and $449 for the 32GB. ASUS has just killed their original Transformer line up since the Prime at 32GB and the original at 32Gb are only $55 difference, who would buy the original with such a small price difference?
Nvidia’s quad-core chipset or Kal-El (Tegra 3) includes a fifth companion core for low power operations. What this basically means is that when your phone/tablet is idling, the quad-core chipset will shutdown and these low power operations will be handled by the companion fifth chip. When you need to do some high powered stuff on your device such as playing high-end games or a lot of multitasking, the companion chip shuts down and the quad-cores take over. Battery life will be greatly improved since all cores won’t be running while the phone/tablet is idling or while you happen to be just talking on the phone.
If you want more deatils we’ve got the whole side show of the press briefing below. If you want to check out the Performance of the ASUSPrime click here.