ASUS today officially unveiled the eagerly awaited Transformer Prime. The first ever tablet to come with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip pushes the boundaries of what could be achieved in performance land and will definitely be the King of the tablet Hill for couple of months.
And with Ice Cream Sandwich promised to come until the end of the year, it gets more and more appealing by the minute. However, is its raw computing power and clever laptop dock enough to win your heart?
As usual, we put the newcomer against its rivals. This time it’s up against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the all-time bestseller – Apple’s iPad 2. Check out our extensive specs-comparing table to find the answer.
ASUS Eee Pad
Galaxy Tab 10.1
OS Android Honeycomb 3.2
(Ice Cream Sandwich in December)
Android Honeycomb 3.1 iOS 4.3 Display 10.1-inch
Super IPS+ LCD
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800 1280 x 800 1024 x 768 Height 263 mm 256.7 mm 241.2 mm Width 179 mm 175.3 mm 185.7mm Thickness 8.3 mm 8.6 mm 8.8 mm Weight 586 grams 560 grams 601 grams Processor 1.3GHz quad-core processor
Tegra 3 chipset
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB microSD Yes No No Front camera 1.2MP 2.0MP 0.3MP VGA Rear camera 8.0MP Auto-Focus with
LED Flash (1080p)
3.15 MP Auto-Focus with
LED Flash (720p)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n USB USB 2.0, Host with adapter USB 2.0, Host with adapter USB 2.0 (host with Adapter) HDMI HDMI (via adapter) HDMI (via adapter) HDMI (via adapter) Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP 2.1 + A2DP 2.1 + EDR Battery 22Wh 25Wh 25Wh Price
Availability Coming December Currently available, Currently available Sensors Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor Video codecs MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263 / MKV / WMV 9 / MPEG2 MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263 / MKV / WMV 9 / MPEG2 H.264
As you can see, the Transformer Prime has its weak points, compared to the others, but manages to overcome them with finesse. For starters, it has a smaller battery than its rivals and misses a 64GB storage option. However, it compensates this with the laptop dock, which can provide up to 6 additional hours of battery life and the presence of a microSD card slot.
Another possible setback is it’s later availability scheduled for some time in December. But if you think about it – it will definitely be upgraded to run Ice Cream Sandwich. Is it worth the wait? Shout it off in the comments.