Pre-Order The Transformer Prime At Amazon: The Countdown Begins

Well it’s now officially December 19th – the day Asus will release the Transformer Prime for sale! Amazon are already prepared, with all four variants of the Prime available for pre-order right now. Any minute now they could switch from “Temporarily out of stock” to “In Stock”, so you’d better snag yours quickly! Here’s the different models available:

Every Transformer Prime comes with a Free 1-Day Shipping option, so if you order today you’ll definitely have the device before Christmas.

Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

Rumour: Transformer Prime Delayed Until New Year Due To Wi-Fi Issues

Several recent reports have indicated that Asus will delay the Transformer Prime release until next year, citing Wi-Fi issues as the reason. Apparently NCIX sent an email to customers who had pre-ordered the device, notifying them of the expected delay. Here is the redacted text of one customer’s email:

Unfortunately, we just received word that the ASUS Transformer Prime has been delayed worldwide and will most likely not be available before Christmas. ASUS feels the WiFi range does not currently meet their standards and has delayed all shipments worldwide. At the moment there is no ETA and no information on available quantities on the first batch.

If this was intended as a gift, we would like to recommend changing to a different tablet to ensure on time delivery for the holidays. Continue reading “Rumour: Transformer Prime Delayed Until New Year Due To Wi-Fi Issues” »

Update: Transformer Prime Launches December 19th

We just posted a couple of days ago that the Transformer Prime would be released December 8th. Well, we’ve now discovered that rumour – reported on several major websites – was actually incorrect. ASUS have now confirmed that the Transformer Prime will be released in the US on December 19th.

So you’ve got an extra 10 days to wait. The retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy still haven’t updated their expected shipping date, but it shouldn’t be long after the 19th. If all goes well, you’ll still be able to get your Transformer shipped anywhere in the US before Christmas. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas present, pre-order your Transformer Prime now!

Confirmed: Transformer Prime to be Released in US on December 8th

We’ve been hearing rumors of an early December release for some time, but now it’s officially confirmed. The good people at Netbook News have heard directly from an Asus spokesperson about the matter.

Apparently Taiwan will be the first country to receive the Prime, with the first devices hitting the shelves December 1st. Those in the US will have to wait a little longer, as sales will begin December 1st for online and retail outlets in the US. Amazon and other stores already have the device available for pre-order, so you can snag your copy now and be prepared for the rush.

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Source Code and User Manual for Transformer Prime

Well the news is coming in thick and fast now! The US product page for the Transformer Prime went live just a few days ago, and we just announced yesterday that the device is available for pre-order. Now Asus have released the official source code and user manual for the new tablet – before any physical devices have even hit the shelves!

ASUS Website

You can grab the official source from the ASUS Download Site. It’s pretty small – just the kernel modifications that have been made to suit the TF201 hardware. This will make it easy for third party ROM developers like CyanogenMod to make a compatible firmware release. Continue reading “Source Code and User Manual for Transformer Prime” »

ASUS Transformer Prime: Available Now At Amazon, Best Buy

There’s no need to wait any longer. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime is now available to pre-order from several online retailers in the USA and Canada. No word yet on the shipping date, but expect some time in early December.

ASUS Transformer Prime

ASUS currently lists 7 stores on their tablet mini-site. We’ve also compiled a list of all the places you can buy the Transformer Prime, and they’ll be available & regularly updated at our pricing page. Continue reading “ASUS Transformer Prime: Available Now At Amazon, Best Buy” »

Transformer Prime: Official Website Live

You’re officially allowed to get excited now. :-) ASUS has put the full Tranformer Prime website live, with features, photos & full specifications for the device.

ASUS Website Screenshot

This mini-site has got all the info you could possibly want about Asus’ new tablet. Continue reading “Transformer Prime: Official Website Live” »

ASUS Transformer Prime – Official Launch

ASUS has officially unveiled the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. This is the world’s first quad-core Tegra 3 device, and is every bit as impressive as you’d hoped. The official specifications are now revealed – boasting an even better battery life than we’d previously reported.

Specifications:

  • 10.1-inch SuperIPS + display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1280×800 screen resolution
  • 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor with 12-core GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot
  • microHDMI port
  • 8MP F2.4 rear shooter with continuous flash for video recording, 1.2MP front camera
  • 8.33mm thin
  • 586g (1.29 lbs.)
  • 12 hour battery life playing 720p video, 18 hours with keyboard dock
  • Metallic spun finish
  • Two available colors: Amethyst Gray and Champagne Gold (show below, respectively)
  • Android 3.2 – will be updated to Android 4.0 as soon as possible after release

Yes, that’s Gorilla Glass you see there. For those of you who aren’t aware, Gorilla Glass is the gold standard in toughened glass, and has been used by most high end Android handsets lately (including the Samsung Galaxy S2). It’s practically impossible to break, and highly resistant to scratches. Asus has also coated the screen in a special hydro-oleophobic (fingerprint resistant) coating, which should prevent smudges or greasy marks inhibiting the viewing experience. Continue reading “ASUS Transformer Prime – Official Launch” »

Transformer Prime Arrives at the FCC, Model Number Confirmed

ASUS Transformer PrimeWith the launch date of November 9th rapidly approaching, the Asus Transformer Prime has been submitted to the FCC for review. Most of the details are hidden behind confidentiality agreements, but we have been able to confirm some details from the publicly visible documents.

According to the RF Test Report, the model number for the Transformer Prime will be “TF201″. The old Eee Pad Transformer was “TF101″, so this seems reasonable. No word yet on whether there will be different model numbers for international regions.

The FCC documents also confirm the presence of WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities. Of course, that’s to be expected on any Android device these days, so nothing surprising here. We’ve already heard some official specifications from the teaser at AsiaD, including the presence of mini-HDMI, SD Card Slot, 14.5 hour battery life, & Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. Continue reading “Transformer Prime Arrives at the FCC, Model Number Confirmed” »