The first Asus Transformer was something funky and unique. It was a tablet that could dock to a… there is no better way of describing than comparing it to the bottom half of a netbook. A touchpad, a keyboard, battery and some ports turned the Transformer into an Android based netbook of sorts, only with ARM based CPU and an IPS panel for a screen.
Now we’re waiting for the Transformer 2, also known as Transformer Prime, which will be the first tablet to ship with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 GPU/CPU (it’s going to be awesome, performance demo in the video above) Four cores, plus one to deal with mundane tasks such as background processes and anything else that does not need the powerhouse cores.
While four (actually five) cores in a tablet may sound like a plan to drain the battery like never before, the thing goes on for 12 hours, six more when docked. Compared to my iPad 1 that’s about twice the productivity, and I have to carry around my separate bluetooth keyboard.
It will definitely be an interesting tablet to consider if you don’t already have one from Apple (you do, don’t you).
The battery life and computing performance promises to be spectacular, but there is still one thing I can’t put my finger on. It’s going to sport a 8Mp camera at the back with the capability of shooting 1080p videos. The question is, who will walk around flailing a 10″ tablet shooting videos and taking pictures. That’s hipster tourist unleashed.
Release Date is set to December in the US, and January (bundled with the keyboard for 499 Pounds) in the UK according to V3.
This engadget article does a very good job at walking you through what to expect from the Asus Transformer Prime.
The official Asus EEE Transformer Prime page shows nothing more than a silhouette at the moment, expect it to change soon.