The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet has found its way to Amazon. The listing looks to be a placeholder as there isn’t any option to pre-order, although some of the comments in the reviews section seem to indicate the tablet might have been available to pre-order when it was first listed yesterday.
An article from The Tech Report claims the 32GB model was available for $492.20 and the 64GB was listed at $584.22. The Transformer Prime is listed on Amazon’s Canadian website for $499 CDN and $599 CDN for the 32GB and 64GB versions, respectively, with either Amethyst Gray or Champagne rear covers. The site also has the matching keyboard dock priced at $149 CDN in both colors.
Nvidia recently posted a teaser video showing the Transformer Prime running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich late last week. As we learned earlier this month, the tablet will initially ship with Android 3.2 but users will be able to upgrade to ICS shortly after launch.
The Transformer Prime will be the first tablet to launch with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, a quad-core (technically it has five cores ) SoC that the company says is five times faster than the Tegra 2 it replaces. Additional specifications include a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display coated with Corning Gorilla Glass running at 1280 x 800, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, F/2.4 aperture and a back illuminated CMOS sensor and a 1.2MP front camera. The tablet weighs just 586g (1.29 pounds) and is 8.3mm (0.33-inch) thin.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 has a 10-inch 1280×800 IPS Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP rear and 1.2MP front cameras, a Micro SD expansion slot, HDMI port, USB 2.0, 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, as well as a G-sensor, light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass.
The iPad 2 improves on the original in many ways, including a significantly faster dual-core CPU, improved graphics and a thinner footprint. The iPad 2 also manages to shave off 0.2 pounds for a total weight of 1.33 pounds on the Wi-Fi only model. Apple has included two cameras on the iPad 2 – a VGA-quality front facing lens for FaceTime and a rear-facing camera capable of recording 720p video.
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