ASUS Transformer Prime Coming in December for $500

The ASUS Transformer Prime has been detailed alongside the official launch of the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip that powers the device.  The tablet will be going on sale globally in December and will start at $500 for a 32GB Wi-Fi model with a 64GB Wi-Fi model going for $600.  When it goes on sale, it will take the mantle as the world’s first quad-core tablet.

The device will center on a 10-inch 1280×800 Super IPS+ display protected by Gorilla Glass.  It will have a wide 178-degree viewing angle with a maximum brightness of 600 nits.  Its quad-core Tegra 3 processor will be matched with 1GB of RAM, while it will also have a GPS module, a gyroscope, SonicMaster audio and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera. The Prime’s rear camera will be 8-megapixels and is capable of capturing 1080p video courtesy of its CMOS backlit sensor.

Although rumored to have a battery life lasting up to 14 hours, it will in fact last around 12 hours using its 22Wh battery according to ASUS.  The $150 keyboard dock accessory will add an additional six-hours of battery life, while it will continue to sport a USB 2.0 port and a full-size SD card slot.  The tablet itself has a micro SD card slot, 3.5mm combo audio jack and a micro HDMI port.

The tablet is 0.33-inches thin and weighs 1.29 grams.  When it ships, it will be available in two colors, amethyst gray and champagne gold.

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