It seems more and more firms are devoting their resources in producing tablet computers. Ever since Apple launched its iPad, electronics giants have been scrambling to get their own products into the market. Samsung too had come out with its tablet called Galaxy Tab. Now, ASUS has announced that it will launch its Eee Pad Transformer Prime 'hybrid' tablet next month. This device will be the first to feature NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor, code named Kal-El. NVIDIA quad-core processor is nearly five times faster than the Tegra 2 chip, the company claims. With this processor, web browsing will become four times as fast and the graphics quality will take a threefold leap compared to its predecessor.
The tablet will come equipped with either 32GB or 64GB of internal flash storage. Both versions will have a micro SD card slot for expansion and easy transfer of files. It also boasts of a slim 8.3mm (0.33-inch) body. The exterior has been jazzed up, with a 1.2 megapixel front camera with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and a Super IPS+ display. The exterior is coated with Corning Gorilla Glass with a brightness of 600 nits. It also features an 8 megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an F/2.4 aperture. It features low-light noise reduction and a back illuminated CMOS sensor. The device weighs just 20.67 ounce. The tablet will be initially shipped with Android 3.2.
Apart from the above, all its models will feature 1Gb of system memory, a 3.5mm combo audio jack and a micro HDMI port. The 32GB model will be priced US$ 499 while the 64GB version will cost a hundred dollars more. This ASUS tablet has an impressive battery life of 12 hours while the optional dock can take it up to 18 hours. The tablet with the optional dock accessory will cost you US$ 749.
So far, this promises to be the best Android-based tablet. ASUS has said it will make more modifications once the tablet has been released. The only dampener is that it will not be launched with Ice Cream Sandwich.