Update: ASUS officially announced this morning that the Wi-Fi-only variant of the Transformer Prime will be available through online vendors starting the week of Dec. 19, with stores set to receive the quad-core tablet a week later.
With pre-orders of the Transformer Prime available on Amazon since last week, ASUS has finally announced when the quad-core tablet will hit shelves.
According to an ASUS spokesperson, the Transformer Prime will be available first in Taiwan, launching Dec. 1. We here in the States won’t have to wait much longer, as the device will go on sale Dec. 8. Unfortunately, those of you living in Europe will have to practice some patience, since the Prime won’t be available until January, with exact release dates varying depending on local sales and distribution.
Rumors of the Transformer Prime started buzzing this summer, though ASUS did not officially unveil the device until October. Even after announcing the tablet, ASUS remained mum on specs, except for that Tegra 3 chipset, which the company made sure to constantly tout. Finally, in November ASUS confirmed details of the tablet, including a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) Super IPS+ Gorilla Glass display, miniHDMI and microSD.
While rumors also pegged the slate to have Android Ice Cream Sandwich on board, the device will actually ship with Honeycomb, though ASUS promises an ICS update before 2012. In addition, the Transformer Prime will feature a 1.2MP front camera, as well as an 8MP rear shooter, and a 22Wh battery that is said to last 12 hours, according to ASUS.
The ASUS Transformer Prime will retail for $499 and $599 for the 32 and 64GB models, respectively.