Asus chairman Jonney Shih was enthused to show the company's upcoming Eee Pad Transformer Prime Android tablet during an interview at conference AsiaD today. This is the awaited sequel to the popular Eee Pad Transformer tablet that we reviewed a few weeks ago. The Transformer Prime will be a quad-core netbook/tablet hybrid powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC running Android Ice Cream Sandwich (though it wasn't specified if it would launch with it or upgraded at a later time).

Shih had the tablet on-hand to show but only revealed a handful other details including the tablet's 10-inch screen, 8.3mm thick chassis, built-in USB, mini-HDMI port, SD slot and 14+ hour battery life. Asus will formally announce the tablet next November 9th.

But current owners don't despair. Asus expects to upgrade the current Eee Transformer tablet to Android 4.0 ICS before the end of the year as well.

Shih took the opportunity to promote its recently launched Zenbook ultrabooks and also confirmed that the Asus Padfone (smartphone-tablet combo) was still in the works, expected to ship during Q1 2012 with Android 4.0.

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