ASUS Transformer Prime hits US December 8 says Taiwan

ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime will go on sale in the US from December 8, the company has confirmed, a week after Taiwanese sales begin on December 1. However, European tableteers will have to wait until January 2012 for the Tegra 3 tablet, ASUS Taiwan told NetbookNews, with exact release dates depending on each specific country.

Pricing for the Transformer Prime had already been confirmed, back when ASUS initially announced the quadcore tablet. The 32GB version is $499 in the US, while the 64GB model is $599; the clever battery/keyboard dock, which adds full QWERTY input, extra ports and greater runtime to the slate section, is $149.

UPDATE: First, we've got official confirmation from ASUS on the much more accurate date of 12/19 for the delivery of these tablets to outlets as well as pre-order customers. Also while we're here, feel free to have a peek at our first in a series of hands-on reviews of the Transformer Prime. Let us know what you want to know and we'll let you know!

The tablet went up for preorder a few days ago, though without a date for its actual delivery, with ASUS offering both gray and champagne color variants. It will run Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch, though ASUS has promised an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the new year. Full hardware details on the Eee Pad Transformer Prime here.