Nvidia Tegra 3 Toting Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet from Asus Pops Up for Pre-order

Paul Lilly

What could potentially be your next high-end tablet just went up for pre-order. We're of course talking about the Eee Pad Transformer Prime from Asus, a next generation slate oozing with tech sex appeal. It has an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, for starters, along with a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS+ capacitive touchscreen display. And did someone say Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)?

Actually, it looks like the Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), but is upgradeable to Android 4.0. Not just in theory, either. Nvidia posted a video on its blog showing the Transformer Prime running ICS that was recorded two days after Google made the source code available. If we had to describe it in one word, it would be "slick."

There are two versions up for pre-order -- TF201-B1 (32GB) and TF201-C1 (64GB) -- both available in Amethyst Gray or Champagne Gold. Other than storage size, they're the same tablet with 1GB of DDR2 memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 1.2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera with flash, 2-in-1 audio jack, microSD card slot, internal microphone, a single stereo speaker, various sensors, micro HDMI port, and an optional mobile dock.

Pricing is $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for for the 64GB model. GameStop, which is one of five vendors in the U.S. listed on Asus' pre-order page (Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, and TigerDirect are the others) is the only one listing an anticipated release date (December 9, 2011).

Image Credit: Asus

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