Not long ago we previewed the Asus Eee Transformer, a tablet that could become a laptop in the blink of an iPad. Now Asus have unveiled their follow-up, the Asus Eee Transformer Prime (insert giant robot truck pun here).

This sleek drool inducing tablet is beautiful in its design: when in laptop mode it resembles the equally aesthetically pleasing MacBook Air. Coming in both grey and gold the Transformer Prime has a pleasingly industrial aluminium finish and like the original Eee you can add a full size keyboard with a track pad to create a fully functioning laptop. This adds another 6 hours to the tablet’s battery life.  The tablet itself is only 8.3mm thick and at 586g it’s both thinner and lighter than its main competition the iPad 2.

…eye melting 600 nits which is double most tablets…

Powerful is supposedly very thin

The fingerprint smudge resistant screen is wide 178-degree viewing angle, and it has a “Super IPS” mode that boosts brightness to an eye melting 600 nits which is double most tablets.

The transformer Prime will initially run using the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system but will be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it finally decides to materialise.

…truly impressive graphical display.

The inside of the Transformer Prime is as exciting as its exterior, using the quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 12-core GeForce GPU. All of this means that the Transformer should run fast and have a truly impressive graphical display. Add to that 1GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of storage and a IPS display, twin cameras (8MP and 1.2MP), MicroSD and micro HDMI ports, and the dock adds USB2.0 and an SD card slot. The Transformer Prime also has GPS and a built-in gyroscope. 

The Asus Eee Transformer Prime will be released January 2012 with an RRP of £499.

Images courtesy of Asus

 

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