According to ZDNet UK, ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) has officially unveiled the next generation of tablets, featuring a Quad-core mobile processor called Tegra 3 developed by NVidia. Check out the cool trailer!
The new tablet will be released in 2012 only and will feature a 10.1” screen. The device was first introduced in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday, and it will cost around £499 when it comes to the UK in January.
The device is lighter, only 586g, and provides one more USB port than the predecessor, Eee Pad Transformer, which was launched in May. This device is also ultra-thin with only 8.3mm of thickness (one of the thinnest out there) and measures 10.4 inches by 7.13 inches.. Its audio is based on Asus’s own SonicMaster technology and it promises a battery life of up to 12 hours.
It comes with 32GB of internal storage, which can be expanded via the microSD card slot. Purchasers also get access to Asus cloud-based WebStorage, which provides up to 2GB of free storage.
It also comes with standard tablet features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1, 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calling, includes a micro-HDMI port, omits 3G connectivity, and comes with a few business-targeted apps pre-installed. These include the SuperNote text and graphics notepad, plus Polaris Office, which allows users to read and edit Microsoft Office 97-2007 versions of Word, PowerPoint and Excel files on the move.
One of the features that will make this tablet stand out from the rest is that it will feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), this system features resizable widgets as well as tailored Gmail and Calendar, it brings contacts on the device into the People app, which integrates updates from social services like Google +, similar to the People hub on Windows Phone 7.5.
ICS is the first version of mobile operating system by Android which runs on both tablets and mobile phones. Previously, most Android smartphones ran the Gingerbread version and tablets used the Honeycomb build.
As well as being a standalone tablet, the Eee Transformer Prime can be placed in a keyboard dock to use as a laptop. Docking it adds one USB 2.0 port and an SD card reader, and extends the overall battery life to 18 hours, according to Asus. The dock on its own weighs 537g. The tablet will be available in the UK in grey or gold, and the keyboard dock is included in the £499 price tag.
One thing is for sure, this new tablet will give loads of different thoughts to people who are willing to buy their tablets for next Christmas, is the new Prime worth waiting for? Will it take a chance against the new Xoom 2? In my opinion this is a very powerful device and when it comes down to Android this new tablet will be as professional and entertaining as it can get and with the additional keyboard in the box, emailing and writing documents will be really easy on this device. This might mean Android will be the Operative System of the future, what do you think? Will you buy the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime?