ASUS Claims First With Ice Cream Sandwich

  • 12-hour battery life
  • 4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich O/S
  • Comes with mobile dock

The world’s first tablet featuring the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor – the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime – is now available in Australia. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is also the world’s first tablet to be unveiled with Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is available through an over-the-air update.

Developed with NVIDIA and Google, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime features a mobile dock. It is claimed to have enhanced features that include audio powered by ASUS SonicMaster technology, an 8MP rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and an 18-hour rated battery life when combined with the mobile dock. All of these features are housed in an ultra-slim 8.3mm metallic spun finish chassis that weighs just 586g.

Featuring a slim form factor, the unit is 8.3mm thin and weighs in at 586g. It brandishes a metallic spun finish design made of aluminium for a secure yet comfortable grip. It comes in only one color – gold.

It also features ASUS’s SonicMaster technology, which is said to have crisp and acoustically accurate audio. It produces crystal-clear sound with a wide sound range, increased sound fidelity and distinct vocal enhancements not found on any other tablet in the market, claims ASUS.

The Eee Pad Transformer has a 178-degree viewing angle IPS display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass. It has a Super IPS+ screen that is said to enhance the brightness of the screen for a better outdoor reading experience.

As mentioned, it has NVIDIA’s next-generation quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and with the quad-core CPU and 12-core GeForce GPU, the unit delivers  multitasking, web browsing as well as Full HD video playback and gaming. On its own, the Transformer Prime has a battery life of up to 12 hours, but when combined with the mobile dock it lasts up to 18 hours as the dock recharges the tablet.

With offline browsing, users can save web pages and view them later without an Internet connection, making it convenient for travellers. While on the road without access to a wifi network, users can use the wifi Direct feature to directly transfer files between wifi-enabled devices. Other enhancements include the new default Roboto font, with a typeface that is easy to read. Users can now also access the Transformer Prime’s camera directly from the lock-screen. Finally, among various other UI changes, users can create folders on the home screen by dragging one app on top of another.

A 1.2MP front camera allows for video conferencing while an 8MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash takes clear and sharp photos due to a F2.4 aperture, back illuminated CMOS sensor, touch-to-focus depth of field and low light noise reduction. The 8MP camera also has the ability to take full 1080p HD video.

The Transformer Prime is offered in both 32GB and 64GB models. It features a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and micro HDMI port for sharing both what’s inside and on screen.

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