As promised, here's another information our TP insider fed us last week.
According to him, Asus Philippines is ready to release Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime in the country anytime within this month, February 2012.
What's totally hot about Asus Transformer Prime - aside from the fact that it can transform into a laptop using a keyboard dock - is that it's one of the first devices to run the latest version of the Android operating system called Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a quad-core CPU featuring NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset. This guarantees top-notch performance.
Lighter than both Apple iPad2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sans the dock, Asus Transformer Prime is nonetheless feature-packed. The Wifi-only tablet, which comes in 32 GB and 64 GB variants, flaunts a 10.1 inch LED backlit Super IPS+ display with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen, an 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with LED flash, a Full HD 1080p video recorder, and HDMI port, and Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity support. On the software side, users get Asus Launcher Android skin, TegraZone, MyCloud, @Vibe Music, and Asus WebStorage.
Asus Transformer Prime will be officially announced in the Philippines by the middle of this month. And I think it will hit store shelves by the end of February. As for the price tag, the TP Guesstimate is around Php 22,000 and Php 25,000 for the 32GB and 63GB Tablet-only versions, respectively, and Php 28,000 and Php 31,000 with the dock. TP Friends, kindly stay tuned for updates.
Wrapping this up in true TechPinas fashion, check out the complete technical specifications of Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Quad-Core Tablet:
|Name||Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime|
|Type||Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen) with dock that makes it transform into a Netbook/Notebook|
|Dimensions/Weight||263 × 180.8 × 8.3mm ; 586g (pad only) / 263 × 180.8 × 8~10.4mm ; 537g. (dock only)|
|Available Colors||Amethyst Grey|
|Operating System||Android 3.2 HoneyComb (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|Display||10.1" LED Backlit screen with Super IPS+ (1280 x 800) 10 finger multi-touch, Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Cortex-A9 Quad-core CPU ULP GeForce NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset|
|RAM/ROM||1 GB RAM|
|Camera||8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash / F2.4 large aperture, 1.2 MegaPixels front camera|
|Video Capture||Full HD 1080p|
|Audio and Video Playback||MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC player/MP4/H.264/H.263 player|
|Ports||HDMI, microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth A2DP|
|Internal Storage||32/64 GB storage options, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB|
|Sensors||G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass|
|Battery and Uptime||12 hours; 25Wh Li-polymer Battery |
18 hours pad with dock ; 25Wh(pad) + 22Wh(docking) Li-polymer Battery
|Value-Added Features||ASUS launcher, @Vibe Music, ASUS WebStorage, MyLibrary, MyNet, MyCloud, File manager, ASUS sync, SuperNote, App Locker, App Backup, TegraZone, Polaris Office, SNS Integration, Google Services Suite|
|Announcement||In the Philippines: February 2012|
|Price||TP Guesstimate: Php 22,000 tablet only to Php 30,000 with accessories|