Asus Transformer Prime release date confirmed

The Asus Transformer Prime tablet will hit shelves on 8th December in the US, though it will be available a week earlier to residents of Taiwan.

There's been a lot of speculation recently about when the hybrid Android tablet with keyboard dock would be available for purchase. Some had it down for release on 28th November, but that date has come and gone. Now though, online retailer Newegg claims it will begin selling the Transformer Prime on 8th December. GameStop is likely to be a little peeved at that, having announced that it would have stock available from 9th December.

However, the earliest available Transformer Primes won't be showing up at these official retailers, but in Taiwan. Netbook News quotes an "Asus spokesperson" as saying that the tablet will be available there as of 1st December, with the US stock arriving ready for sale on 8th December. This tallies with the Newegg date.

The Asus Transformer Prime tablet was recently shown off by Nvidia, which was keen to demo the performance of the tablet's Tegra 3 chip. This new hardware features four ARM-based processing cores along with a fifth, more power-efficient 'companion core'. The tablet will also come with a gigabyte of RAM, and a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of on-board storage. It's expected to launch with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with an optional update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich further down the line.