ASUS has officially announced the Transformer Prime Android tablet, just weeks after chairman Jonney Shih showed off the quad-core tablet at the AsiaD conference.
The ASUS announcement confirms that the tablet will have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core system on a chip, which offers up to 5x the performance boost as the Tegra 2, making it the first in a market littered with dual-core devices. Other specs include a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) Super IPS+ Gorilla Glass display with a 178-degree viewing angle and 600 nit brightness, mini HDMI, and microSD and .33-inches thick design.
ASUS Transformer Prime will launch with Honeycomb, but ASUS has claimed it will receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update before 2012. The ASUS Transformer prime will also have a gyroscope, GPS, SonicMaster audio and both a 1.2-megapixel front and 8-megapixel rear shooter. The 22Wh battery is said to last 12 hours, according to ASUS.
ASUS will also offer a 1.2 pound keyboard dock similar to the one paired with the last generation Transformer, which offers full QWERTY, shortcut keys, trackpad, full-sized USB 2.0 input and full-sized USB.
The Prime closely resembles the ASUS Zenbooks unveiled earlier this summer with what ASUS calls a “metallic swirl” design. It will come in two colors, Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold.
The Transformer will launch in December and cost $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB model.