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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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.