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Asus quad core Transformer ships with a locked bootloader, stopping customised ROMs

Taiwanese computer peripheral manufacturer Asus new quad-core processor based Transformer Prime tablet has been discovered to contain a bootloader that has been locked, disabling the ability to use custom software.

Popular mobile device forum xda-developers has uncovered this issue with the Asus Transformer Prime, where a message has been posted by the user Wordlywisewiz that reads: ‘Okay so Asus has Encrypted the bootloader on the prime with a 128 bit Encryption (Basically Impossible to crack!) like HTC did awhile back'.

‘This makes it impossible to flash Roms and Kernals which can really unlock the devices full potential ie Overclocking, Flashing Linux Distros, Customizing, Undervolting, Potential of Windows 8 etc', added the poster.

The Asus Transformer Prime was announced at the start of the November and as the world's first Nvidia Tegra 3 tablet, powered by a quad core processor.

The Transformer Prime also has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ LED backlit screen with Corning gorilla glass, with 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel camera and running from the Android ‘Honeycomb' 3.2 OS.

HTC notably locked their devices bootloaders, but has recently changed this policy enabling better access for developers and customisers by freeing up the previously locked-down aspects of their phones.