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ASUS reveals upgraded Transformer Prime tablet

by Steven Williamson on 10 January 2012, 13:45

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Following Acer’s unveiling of the Iconia Tab A700 yesterday, Taiwanese company ASUS have become the second manufacturer this week to confirm a high resolution tablet, revealing a refresh of its Eee Pad Transformer Prime slate.

As the worlds’ first quad-core tablet, the Transformer Prime is touted to be one of the hottest new tablets of 2012, but ASUS isn't holding back to see if the tablet takes off and plans to introduce a new model that will upgrade its display to a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution.

The Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T will retain all of the same specifications as the previous model, including its 10.1 inch screen, the latest version of Android and 1.3GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, but will undergo a front-facing camera upgrade from 1.2 to two megapixels and will have a RF transparent plastic strip across the back of the tablet to improve wireless and GPS performance.

The Transformer Prime TF700T is slated for a June release in North America, so we wouldn’t expect to see it hit the UK until a few months later. ASUS has priced the 32GB and 64GB models at $599 and $699 (469 and 547 EUR) respectively.

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Ummmm….1920x1200 isn't 1080p. It's 1200p. 1920x1080 is 1080p.

Having said that, I'm glad SOMEONE is bringing back 16:10 aspect ratios.
Wonder what they're going to call this one then “Transformer Prime+” perhaps?

Bad news for Prime users though - they expected to be getting the top level model and now it's effectively been replaced/downgraded.

Be interesting if Asus tried to maintain all of their tablet models as a range - so the existing (non-Prime) Transformer became the entry model, the Prime is middle range, and the new Prime is the top end. Oh, and of course, there's the “pocketable” 7" model that Hexus covered this morning.

I suspect though that the old Transformer will get dropped and the Prime's will be the ones on sale only.
I hope they offer a model that will plug into the normal prime KB, otherwise the early buyers have been well and truly shanked by Asus.
Ummmm….1920x1200 isn't 1080p. It's 1200p. 1920x1080 is 1080p.

Having said that, I'm glad SOMEONE is bringing back 16:10 aspect ratios.

Little slip-up there, my apologies! Thanks
Steven W;2246993
Little slip-up there, my apologies! Thanks

1080 capable =P as so many pixels of the 1200 will go to the bottom bar.

1280x800 > 1920x1200 = 1.5x, if the bottom bar remains a consistent size then the display will essentially be 1080p for all intensive purposes as far as apps and video playback are concerned.