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Asus announce world's first Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

Taiwanese computer peripheral manufacturer Asus has unveiled the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, which runs from the recently announced NvidiaTegra 3 four core CPU with a 12 core graphics processor.

This news comes shortly after Nvidia made public their ‘Project Kal-El’ has come to fruition, in the form of the Tegra 3 chipset with quad core processing and a 12-core GeForce GPU on-board.

There is also a fifth ‘companion’ CPU which is used when non-intensive tasks are preformed, saving on power as a result and with lower overall power consumption.

These four cores are required for the more demanding tasks, such as gaming, multi-tasking and web browsing.

Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime builds on from their Transformer tablet from earlier this year that could effectively be transformed into a laptop, with the aid of a robust keyboard attachment – which when used is firmly locked into place and is then indistinguishable from an actual laptop.

The Transformer Prime will arrive with a 10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ LED backlit screen with Corning gorilla glass, whilst powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU, with 1 GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This is along with a f/2.4 8 megapixel camera and a 1.2MP front facing version, with Android ‘Honeycomb’ 3.2 – which will be upgradable to Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0

Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be available from early January 2012, bundled with the mobile keyboard dock for £499.

One Mobile Ring caught up with Asus in April, where we published a hands on walkthrough in pictures here of the first Asus Eee Pad Transformer and on video here, with a first impressions review here.

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Rob has worked in the affiliate industry for many years with large publishers, and previously worked as a journalist on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, ITProPortal, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show.