ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime spotted in the wild near iPhone 4, DROID RAZR

Chris Burns - Nov 11, 2011, 5:09pm CST
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime spotted in the wild near iPhone 4, DROID RAZR

This week we both saw the official announcement of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor that would power it – and today we get a special treat from ZTOP: a hands-on treatment complete with a size comparison to the comparatively hefty iPhone 4 (or the iPhone 4S). What kind of comparison is that, you might ask, why compare a tablet to a smartphone? Because the iPhone was sitting on the guy’s desk and he had an ASUS Transformer Prime to take some photos of, that’s why. Also behold a couple of videos from the device which show off some new apps as well.

The videos you’re about to see are magnificent, one of them showing off a game we’ve seen before on the Tegra 2 dual-core processor: Shadowgun. This game is currently only available for devices running the NVIDIA processors Tegra 2 and Tegra 3, and the version you’re seeing here below of course isn’t even officially out yet since the processor isn’t supposed to be in the wild yet. Get wild!

The other application is SuperNote and will allow you to make use of a pen stylus, (which isn’t packaged with the device or even really available from ASUS or anything like that,) this a bit strange outside the idea that ASUS is promoting the tablet as a do-all device. It’s the video above really that you’re going to want to pay the most attention to as it’ll be making full use of all four of the Tegra 3’s active cores, while the app below is more than likely just operating with one.

Now for a couple photos, and you can get the rest back at the source at ZTOP, these pictures showing off what it really means here to be undeniably thin. This tablet, whose details you can get in full in our “ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime Official” post, is just 8.3mm thin (and for the record, weighs 586g / 1.29 pounds). Also included below is a less than perfect photo of the Prime next to the also brand new DROID RAZR, a review of which you can find back here. There’s also a comparison shot between the original ASUS Eee Pad Transformer and the new one, and one with the Prime plugged into its media dock which makes it a laptop, essentially.

So what’s going on here with this tablet, look like something you want to pick up for ultimate supremacy in Android devices? You must!

[via ZTOP]


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30 Responses to ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime spotted in the wild near iPhone 4, DROID RAZR

        • Maybe you get the same textures, but they
          explicitly said they made a version for the tegra 3, this processor have the
          ability to manage more details like real time physics, dynamic lights and all
          this with a higher frame rate, and in the video you can see they added water
          and other thing to take advantage of this processor!!!

  1. Shadowgun is currently #5 in the top paid apps category for iPad. Don’t know why you said its only available for Tegra.

  2. I was so close to buying a Transformer (well, getting it for Xmas from the other half), but am now holding off for the Prime, UK release price dependent. Just a shame it’s got a smooth metallic finish which will likely be quite slippy. I actually like the current textured finish of the regular Transformer.

      • Well, I’ve requested that Santa bring me the Prime – though it depends on how the US pricing converts into UK. At present it’s more or less $1 = £1 which is ridiculous, but that’s the way it is. Part of the price increase can be warranted with the increase in RAM (base model of the prime is 32Gb, whereas that’s the top-end original Transformer).

        The things really attracting me are the weight (or lack of it), screen quality and incredible battery life. Quotes of 12 hours continuous 1080p video streaming? Up to 16 with the keyboard attached? Wow.

        • I need a tablet ASAP, otherwise I would be more than happy to wait, I have read reports that the 32GB will be priced at £499 and released mid Jan 2012!

        • Damn – originally scheduled for this week, then “December in the US” and now you reckon January? Ah well, so it’s a late Xmas present. Even if it comes out and it’s too expensive, by that time maybe the original Transformer will drop in price slightly.

        • That’s the exchange rate, yes. Annoyingly, though, the actual *price* of things once they cross the Atlantic usually works out at nearer £1 to $1, which is what I meant. Something retailing at $499 in the U.S. will usually cost as near as dammit £499 over here.

  3. It’s $499 for a 32gb model…. not 16gb.

    Apparently Asus will not be offering a 16gb model for the Prime, which means there’ll be none price at  $399.  But a 32gb quad-core for $499 is a good deal.

  4. just 1 problem is here…
    You cant use sim on Prime!! :(
    I need a tablet whit sim reader,for 3g uses!!!

    • I bet you will be able to plug in a huawei 3g usb dongle and get internet on the go..
      The only issue i see is the esthetics “disconfort” that you get by using this external dongle..

    • When I held the original Transformer, my hands ended up very sweaty, oddly enough.  It’s what eventually made me not buy the original and hold out for this one!

    • The first Transformer is very uncomfortable to hold at first. The edges are very sharp for a tablet, and the bezel is too wide. Also, it’s somewhat heavy. The Prime shortens the bezel, softens and smooths out the edges, and is lighter. It even adds hotness with how thin it is and the shiny metal. The OG Transformer also feels cheap with the back cover. There is some kind of air space that if you press on the back you can feel it depress.

      Prime looks to be the best tablet ever made.

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