ASUS is prepping a December U.S. launch for the world's first media tablet to feature a quad-core processor. Called the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the new mobile device uses Nvidia's new 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 chip, which is based on ARM's quad-core Cortex A9 technology.
Measuring 10.4 x 7.1 inches and just a third of an inch in thickness, the tablet weighs 1.29 lbs. Though shipping initially with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system, the tablet also is upgradable to the new Android 4.0 platform, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS).
"Google has done a great job on ICS and has made the platform open to the ecosystem and easy to develop on," said Nvidia blogger Will Park on Tuesday.
"Thanks to Google's developer support, Nvidia's experienced software team was able to work with ASUS to quickly bring up ICS on the Transformer Prime," Park wrote.
Already available for pre-order on Amazon for $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB), the ASUS Eee Pad is equipped with a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen made with Corning Gorilla Glass. The high-definition, 1280x800-pixel display also works at viewing angles of as much as 178 degrees.
The new tablet's Transformer Prime moniker is due to the device's optional detachable docking station, which hinges to the tablet's main body. Among other things, the docking station sports a full-size QWERTY keyboard, a multi-touch touchpad , two USB 2.0 ports, and a 4-in-1 SD card reader.
Available from Amazon for $110, the 1.41-lb. docking station also includes a reserve battery that adds six hours to the tablet's battery life. Additionally, the docking station doubles as a protective cover for the tablet's high-resolution display.
Beyond having Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 chip, the Eee Pad integrates 1 GB of DDR2 memory , both Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth radios, a micro SD card reader and the user's choice of 32GB or 64GB solid state drives. The new tablet also has two cameras: a rear 8-megapixel camera with flash as well as a front-facing 1.2-megapixel camera for video conferencing sessions. (continued...)
Posted: 2011-12-12 @ 8:12pm PT
Can someone please tell me if the samsung galaxy works with XRM or CRM programs? If not does anyone know a GOOD tablet that does?
Posted: 2011-11-24 @ 9:37pm PT
Its available today - Black Friday at Best Buy for $299! You can buy it online and get the docking station for only $25 more. I just picked up two of them!!
Posted: 2011-11-23 @ 12:19pm PT