The first Tegra 3 powered tablet will arrive before holiday season.
After Nvidia recently announced of the new Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core CPU for tablets, ASUS was quick to announce that they’re the first one’s in the industry to launch a tablet with the Tegra 3 chip.
The new Eee Pad Transformer Prime has some incredible specs in its lean 8.3mm body. So first off, it has a 10.1″ Super IPS+ panel with over 600nits of brightness. The iPad 2′s screen has close to 350nits and is barely readable under bright sunlight. The rest of the 1280×800 screen uses 10-finger multi-touch and is covered in Corning Gorilla glass.
At launch the Transformer Prime will come with Android Honeycomb 3.2, but once optimized, ASUS will be releasing an upgrade of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich early next year. Apart from the quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, the Transformer Prime will have 1GB DDR2 RAM and will come in either 32GB or 64GB flavors. Speaking of which, the Transformer will come in either Amethyst Gray or Champagne Gold metallic spun finish on the back, giving it a very premium feel.
Of further interest isn’t the same old 1.2MP front facing camera, but the rear 8MP auto-focus camera that has a bigger f2.4 aperture size. This may very well be the same sensor Apple is using on their iPhone 4S. This will most certainly make the Transformer Prime not only the most powerful and fastest tablet on the market, but also one with the best camera.
Not satisfied with all of this, ASUS went once step further by claiming that they have effectively reduced input lag on the Transformer Prime, an issue that’s been plaguing all Android Honeycomb based tablets; bringing it down to 50ms compared to 110+ ms of other tablets.
All in all the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime…or EPTP (!) sounds like one hell of a tablet. It should be released here before the year end, and ASUS has priced it as a high-end version of the existing Eee Pad Transformer which will be sold alongside the Prime for the time being. The 32GB version will cost $499 (AED 1,900) and the 64GB will cost $599 (AED 2,300). The docking pad itself will remain the same, at $149.