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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Arrives At FCC

The soon to be released Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, the follow up to the popular Asus Eee Pad Transformer, has arrived at the FCC where engineers will be probing the device to make sure that it falls within US Federal radiation levels.

Engadget (opens in new tab) published a drawing of the back of the beast courtesy of the FCC and some have said that it is by far the sexiest Android tablet on the market.

The FCC filing doesn't reveal much; there will be a penta-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC, a battery with enough juice to last 14.5 hours (apparently), a 10.1-inch screen, a mini HDMI port, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi but no news of a 3G model.

The Transformer Prime is expected to launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during an event on the 9th of November and will come one week after Google-owned Motorola Mobility announced two XOOM 2 tablets, including a smaller 8.2-inch model.

It is likely that Asus will allow the Transformer Prime to use the same docking station that was sold with the first version. That peripheral turned out to be a massive crowd puller and a unique selling point. It offers additional battery life, a decent size keyboard and a few more ports as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.