OTA Update Brings GPS And Speed Improvements

This week ASUS released an over-the-air (OTA) update for the Transformer Prime. This new release (version 8.8.3.33) will be installed automatically on your device using the software update service.

Users at XDA forums are reporting increased speed and better GPS using the new firmware version. Sounds like the upgrade’s well worth it, so consider docking your Transformer Prime tonight, and leaving it with a good WiFi connection to update.

[Source: XDA]

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!

Magnetic Cover for Eee Pad Transformer Inspired by Origami

Eeepc.it have discovered an awesome new cover for the Transformer Prime. This slick piece of work actually folds into various shapes, so you can stand the tablet in portrait or landscape mode, in a variety of different angles.

It’s available from Amazon.de for EUR 39.99 right now. We’re not sure exactly when it will ship (hopefully around the same date as the Transformer itself). This cover’s well worth considering, along with the optional keyboard dock to jazz up your purchase. One thing’s for sure – your EeePad Transformer Prime with this foldable Origami Cover will inspire envious glances from your friends and colleagues for months to come :-)

EeePad Transformer Prime Smart Cover

[Via Android Police]

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” »

ASUS: Transformer Prime Is Coming

Asus Transformer Prime teaser

ASUS has just revealed one of the hottest new Android products of 2011 – the Eee Pad Transformer Prime.

This is the successor to Asus’ popular Android tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer. Asus is targeting a very specific market here, by offering a premium Android tablet with a detachable keyboard. However, unlike the combined iPad cases which can often include a keyboard, Asus has fully integrated the keyboard into the device.

Not only can the keyboard be clipped on for an elegant “netbook” style device – the aluminium chassis which houses the keyboard also contains an extended battery. This allows the Transformer Prime to reach a battery life of up to 16.5 hours. That’s far better than any mainstream offerings on the market today.

The Transformer Prime will also be the first tablet device to feature Google’s new Android release – version 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. This update sports a ton of new features, from face recognition to enhanced email & productivity apps. The all-new operating system is likely to be a major selling point for the Transformer.

There are plenty of other benefits to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime. We’ll be posting about some of them in upcoming articles. Check out the Specifications page for more details, and be sure to subscribe to keep up to date with the latest Transformer Prime news!