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UK Retailer Pulls Asus Transformer Prime Citing Quality Issues

Asus might have launched the first quad core Android tablet on the market - the Asus Eee Pad Transfomer Prime - but it looks like it could have been a premature move, as UK retailer Clove has stopped selling the device for now.

According to a blog post from the retailer, the decision was taken "because of complaints of faults" with the model, which means Clove will thoroughly test stocks before "fulfilling any orders".

Asus replied to Clove's move saying that it refutes "any and all claims from third parties regarding the quality of our products". Issues related to Wi-Fi and GPS reception have been common, possibly due to the all metal case construction of the tablet.

The tablet is due to get an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and even without it, the user experience is excellent, although some power users have criticised Asus for implementing a 128-bit locked bootloader.

The Transformer Prime comes with a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB RAM, 32GB onboard storage, an eight megapixel rear camera and a number of ports.

But its unique selling point lies in its ability to pair with a docking station and transform into an ultraportable, Android-based laptop with a 16 hour battery life.