It seems there are as many questions surrounding the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet as there are answers. When will it be available? Will the combination of an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) result in the best tablet money can buy? And when will Asus roll out an ICS update, anyway? All fair questions, and the answers are still mostly fuzzy.
Let's start with the release date. Asus lists a handful of sites currently accepting pre-orders for the Transformer Prime in the U.S. and they include:
Out of those four, only one (Newegg) lists an ETA, which is currently December 27, 2011. Don't put a ton of faith into a December release, however, as we've been hearing January is a more likely launch candidate. And if you live in the U.K., eBuyer expects to have inventory on January 12, 2011.
Reviews and hands on impressions of the Transformer Prime are all over the Web, giving us a better idea of performance. It's early, but the consensus is that this is the Android tablet to beat, hands down. In addition to a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the Transformer Prime also packs 1GB of RAM and at least 32GB of onboard storage.
Unless something changes, the Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), and while Asus has promised an over-the-update to ICS, there's still no word on when that will happen.