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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime Goes On Preorder

Asus has put the Eee Pad Transformer Prime on Preorder in the US through its own decicated website (opens in new tab), whilst the release date for the UK has yet to be announced.

The device, which will go on sale in the US from December, will cost $500 for the 32GB model and $600 for the 64GB one, while the popular keyboard docking station is likely to cost well above $100.

The tablet is powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, 1GB RAM, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel IPS capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, an eight megapixel rear camera that can take full HD videos, a front facing 1.2-megapixel camera, an SD card slot, microHDMI and will run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Available either in grey or champagne (but no white), the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be almost as thin as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad.

The docking station ups its battery life to an eye-popping 18 hours and converts it into a fully fledged ARM-based netbook. At least until CES2012 next year, Asus' Quad Core tablet will be the fastest on the market and the only one with a quad core SoC.

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.