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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Goes On Sale In Germany

Amazon has put the Asus Eee Transformer Prime on sale in Germany for a cool 599 Euros, roughly equal to £512, which is not as expensive as the equivalent Apple iPad 2 given that the Asus tablet in question is a 64GB model.

The device is currently out of stock (opens in new tab) and Amazon UK has yet to list the tablet in the UK. Available both in black and gold, the Eee Pad Transformer Prime is the first tablet to come with a quad core chipset.

The processor in question is an Nvidia Tegra 3 clocked at 1.4GHz. There's also 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive Super IPS+ touchscreen with Gorilla glass, Android 3.2 Honeycomb (upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich over the air), a microSD card slot and a weight of only 586g.

Other features include an eight megapixel camera with flash, a front facing 1.2 megapixel camera, full HD recording and playback capabilities and one of the thinnest chassis on the market.

By the end of the year, a number of other tablets will be launched with the Tegra 3 chipset including models from Lenovo. In 2012, the arrival of Windows 8 for ARM will change the mobile landscape and we can expect a number of tablets to feature quad core parts from Texas Instruments (The OMAP5 platform) and from Qualcomm.

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.