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Asus Launches Transformer Prime – Hybrid Tablet Plus Laptop With Quad Core Processor

Sometime back, I had written about a small guide to help choose between smartphone, tablet and hybrid devices. This argument can be advanced further with the advent of hybrid tablet plus laptop. Infact, this development was quite on the cards and Taiwanese company, Asus. It launched the Eee pad Transformer Prime on 9th November, 2011, a tablet that will be the first to use Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It is a combination of Google’s Android operating system and laptop like features.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime has following technical specifications:

  • 10.1″ inch touch screen.
  • It is only at 0.33″ inches wide,
  • Weighs approximately 1.29 pounds,
  • Has a resolution of 1280×800 pixels,
  • 1 GB of RAM,
  • 8 MP rear camera with an LED flash
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera,
  • HDMI port for attaching the tablet with High Definition TV’s,
  • MicroSD card slot for that extra storage we need!
  • Pre loaded with SuperNote, a touch-enabled note-taking program,
  • Comes with Polaris Office for productivity

Transformer Prime will hit stores in USA in early December, 2011 and is priced at $499 with 32 GB of built in storage and $599 for a 64 GB version. Apart from this, a $149 keyboard and trackpad dock will be sold, which positions the tablet horizontally, making the setup look very much like a laptop as well as extends the device’s battery life from 12 hours to about 18 hours. The tablet or laptop feature has been a trademark of Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer lineup since it launched in March, 2011.

Initially, Transformer Prime will be shipped with Google Android Honeycomb, Google’s first operating system built specifically for tablets. However an upgrade to the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be pushed sometime later.

Another interesting device to be watched out for, but little bit expensive. Now, more hybrid tablets will follow soon!!


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