First Impressions: Asus Transformer Prime

The first quad-core, Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, Asus Transformer Prime, has finally arrived in the Philippines and the good folks of Asus PH allowed us have a brief time with it.

Asus Transformer Prime 1

At first glance, you wouldn’t view the Transformer Prime as a tablet. It is packaged with a keyboard dock and there’s no option to get it as a tablet-only device. And without 3G support, I see it as a hybrid notebook than a tablet.

Asus Transformer Prime 2

Anyway, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a hybrid tablet or a hybrid notebook, one thing’s for sure is that the Asus Transformer Prime is a gorgeous device. It looks very solid and expensive taking its design cues from the Asus Zenbook with the sand-blasted metal with concentric patterns. Really good-looking compared to the first Asus Transformer.

Asus Transformer Prime 3

The keyboard dock houses the standard Asus chiclet keyboard commonly found on their Eee PCs except for the Function keys which has no business on an Android platform. It also gives the tablet an additional 6 hours and houses the USB port and an SD card reader making it an Android-based notebook with exceptional battery life.

I wasn’t able to play much with the Ice Cream Sandwich on this one but expect a smooth experience now that the new and mature Android OS knows how to make use of multi-core processors. The Super IPS+ display may not be as fancy as Super AMOLEDs but it has its merits, like wide viewing angles and truer white colors.

For those of you who are waiting for a tablet that can also properly double as a laptop for your basic productivity, well the Asus Transformer Prime would fit the bill.

Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Specs:
10.1″³ Super IPS+ display @ 1280×800 pixels
Gorilla Glass Display
Google Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
NVidia Tegra 3 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
32GB internal storage
1GB DDR2 RAM
1.2MP front-facing camera
8MP autofocus camera with LED flash
micro HDMI port
micro SD card slot
USB 2.0 port, SD card reader (on keyboard dock)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR
6930mAh battery (up to 12 hours)
Keyboard dock battery (6 hours)
SRP: Php32,995
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  • perci

    Ganda. Talong talo iPad 2.

    • kulang na lang photoshop pati digitizer na screen.

      • Griswold

        yeah if i can properly edit photos on this one ok na ito for a travel tablet/laptop.

  • JmBalicano

    Wow.. This thing isn’t that much more expensive than the original Transformer, yet you get quad core performance..

  • Neil

    For that price I can have an Asus K43S laptop na with full computing capabilities pa. 😀

    • thejorlanb

      But not a tablet? And why would you buy this if your looking for computing capabilities? Portability.

      • JmBalicano

        And battery life.

  • JmBalicano

    On another note, is there any idea when the ASUS Padfone is supposed to come out? If there’s anything I’d be willing to sell my Note for, it’s that.

    • JmBalicano
    • this year daw. hehehe. last year pa yan inannounce. sa upcoming MWC lalabas na yung actual unit.

    • JmBalicano

      And the wait goes on.. It started gracing the pages of some local tech mags back when Froyo was the new Android on the block. By the time it actually launches, the design will probably look dated just cause it took so long.

  • .. nice looking tablet pc. though it sound weird