Asus First Quad-Core Android Tablet Available For Pre-Order

The Android-powered tablet from Asus is all set to make its debut. The tablet named Eee Pad Transformer Prime is now on pre-order in North America.

The 10.1-inch tablet is now available for pre-orders in a number of retailers in United States and Canada, such as Best Buy, B&H and Future Shop. There are reports that Amazon is also a candidate to offer Transformer Prime, but it still has to establish pre-order page. The device is scheduled to ship in December.

Asus revealed its tablet in last spring, which is successor to the Asus Eee Transformer. The device sports 8.3mm thick body, 1280×800 display, an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor (making it the world’s first quad-core tablet), 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a microSD slot. The tablet weighs about 1.29 lbs with a battery life of 12 hours.

Initially, the Transformer Prime will ship with Android 3.2, but will be upgraded to latest Android 4.0 (codenamed: Ice Cream Sandwich) by the end of this year.

The device will be shipped in two versions, including 32GB for $499 and 64GB for $599. It will be available in two distinct colors including: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold. Customers can have an optional attachable keyboard for an additional $149.

Now the major question arises whether the new tablet will do the business as its predecessor did. The first-generation Transformer came with a price tag of $400 and running Android 3.0 (Codenamed: Honeycomb). The most striking feature of it was its detachable keyboard that was an ideal alternative for users who wished to type, but didn’t want fully functional laptop. The latest tablet, though, sports high specs, a $100 increase will certainly be a problem to boost sales given the fact that the entry-level 16GB iPad is available at $499.

Although, Eee Transformer Prime is considered as the first quad-core tablet in the market, rumors suggest that Lenovo is also working on a quad-core Android tablet.

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