The holidays are coming, which means there will be lots of new products hitting the scene before prime shopping time. And speaking of prime, Asus officially announced its entry into the tablet and ultrabook category — the Eee Pad Transformer Prime — this morning. Priced at $499 for a 32GB model and $599 for a 64GB version, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime has a number of features that will get your geeky juices flowing. Learn about six of them below.
- It's tiny — The Transformer Prime is only 8.3mm thick and weighs just over a pound, which will make this a perfect choice for frequent travelers.
- The optional dock — The Transformer Prime can, well, transform into an ultrabook with the addition of the optional $149 keyboard dock, which comes with a touchpad, USB port, and SD card slot, even an independent battery helping you stay productive for longer.
- It's incredibly powerful — For a tablet, the Transformer Prime will blow you away. Coming stocked with a NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, this tablet is the fastest on the market. Additionally, the Transformer Prime will come with 1GB of RAM, and while it will run Android 3.2 when it launches in December, Asus promises there will be an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year.
- It'll go the distance — The Transformer Prime battery will keep on chuggin'. The tablet itself is said to last for 12 hours, and when paired with the keyboard dock, you'll get a whopping 18 hours of powered bliss.
- The cameras — The backside of the Transformer Prime is equipped with an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash that shoots full 1080p HD video, fast shutter speeds, and touch focus, while the front sports a 1.2MP forward-facing cam for video chatting. It even comes with a microSD slot so you can easily upload your photos.
- Color options — Finally, some choices! The Transformer Prime will come in two colors — amethyst gray and champagne gold.
I have to admit that I'm intrigued and can't wait to see the Transformer Prime in action. Get a better look at the setup in the gallery!