iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Unveils Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet

Asus has finally unveiled its new tablet, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime, the first tablet on the market to sport a quad core processor, that makes it by far the fastest mobile ARM-based device on the market.

The tablet, which sports an Nvidia Tegra 3 Penta Core SoC, currently runs on Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming towards the beginning of the year, most probably.

The Transformer Prime will cost between $500 and $600, although we've heard that it could be as expensive as £499 in the UK (when bundled with the keyboard) and should be going on sale globally from December.

At 585g, the tablet is as light as the iPad 2, and certainly much lighter than the original Transformer Eee Pad Tablet. The cores are clocked at 1.3GHz (rather than 1.4GHz as we previously thought) and it is said to be up to five times faster than the Tegra 2.

The tablet will come with 1GB RAM, either 32GB or 64GB onboard storage, an eight megapixel rear camera, a 1.2 megapixel front facing one and the ability to plug in an optional keyboard that transforms it into a laptop.