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.