Asus Transformer Prime: The iPad Killer?

Asus, a well-known computer manufacturer from Taiwan intends to be the first one to rain on iPad parade. To do that, Asus is putting all it has in one tablet, the Transformer Prime.

This tablet is based on the best selling Android tablet, the Transformer, and has kept all the goodies that made it so successful, such the keyboard dock and added some more.

For this second iteration, Asus teamed up once again with NVidia. This time, Asus has the upper hand on other mobile devices manufacturers, as it will be the first one to introduce the next generation quad-core Tegra 3 processor.

Asus is so proud that they are calling it the “world’s first tablet to feature Project Kal-El, NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Tegra® mobile chip, giving birth to a new breed of high powered tablet devices“.

At this point I’m sure you are wondering what is so great about this tablet that will make it THE iPad killer that everyone is waiting for. Well, check out the specs and some more.

As we were saying, the beast is powered by a Tegra 3 quad-core processor running at 1.3GHz with a 1GB RAM. Asus also added an extra core to handle smaller tasks to save energy, making it a five-core device.

It has a 10.1-inch screen as the predecessor but this time it will be a Super IPS+ Gorilla Glass display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 with a 178-degree viewing angle. For comparison, the iPad2 has a 9.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 768. The Gorilla Glass makes the display more scratch resistant, lighter and thinner. Asus also coated the display and the back cover with a hydro-oleophobic coating to make it fingerprint-resistant.

Talking about the thickness of the tablet, it measures 8.3mm at its thickest place, making it the thinnest tablet it the world beating the Samsung Galaxy Tab (8.4mm) and the iPad2 (8.8mm) in the process.

On the sensors side, it has it all. GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer and other fancy sensor you’ll find on any other tablet nowadays.  It is also equipped with two cameras. A front facing 1.2 megapixel camera for video call and self shooting and a high-end 8 megapixel shooter with an auto focusing f/2.4 lens capable of capturing 1080p full HD video along side a LED flash for nocturnal shooting.

In term of connectors, you will find a mini-HDMI output, microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack to plug your headset, unless you want to share the sound with people around you in which case Asus has equipped the tablet with SonicMaster audio technology for a better sound quality.

If you are not sure if you should go for a tablet then this one is for you. Plug the Transformer Prime to its dock (sold separately or as bundle in the UK) and you will have a complete netbook. Not only the dock is a full sized keyboard, it is also a secondary battery and adds extra connectors such as a full size USB 2.0 port and a SD card slot.

Asus is reporting that the tablet has a 12 hours battery life thanks to its 22Wh cell and plugged to the dock you can get an extra 6 hours.

As the previous model, it will run on Android OS. Sadly it won’t be Ice Cream Sandwich but will be updated sooner than later.

The availability is not clear yet but Asus is promising early December.

Here you have it, all the reason not only to be the iPad killer but also to request one for the holiday season!

Oh, for those who don’t believe in Santa or can’t wait until Christmas night, prices has been announced and this is probably the last argument that will convince you to get one… at least in the US.

For those of you in the US, the tablet will be sold at $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB. The dock will be sold separately for $146. For us, in the UK, only the 32GB model will be available at launch, and will come with the keyboard for £499.

Will it be the iPad killer that everyone was waiting for? Will you get one? Please comment below.