Asus Transformer Prime becomes official, starts at $499

Asus has finally announced their 2nd-generation tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime. It’s thinner, lighter and 5 times faster than the old one — boasting the first quad-core processor in a tablet.

Asus Transformer Prime specs:
10.1″ Super IPS+ display @ 1280×800 pixels
Gorilla Glass
NVidia Tegra 3 1.4GHz quad-core processor
32GB and 64GB internal storage
1.2MP front-facing camera
8MP autofocus camera with LED flash
3.5mm mic & headphone combo jack
micro HDMI port
micro SD card slot
USB 2.0 port (dock)
SD Card slot (dock)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ EDR
Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Asus promises an Android Ice Cream Sandwich update over-the-air once it become available (which is most probably coming next year).

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The tablet weighs 1.18 pounds, including the dock. While the original Asus Transformer was in the 0.5-inch thick, the Transformer Prime shaved it down to 0.33″. Battery life was also improved to 12 hours for the tablet alone and 18 hours when attached to the dock.

As for pricing, the 32GB model will retail for $499 in the US and $599 for the 64GB. I expect the same Php22k price point (just like the old Transformer) for the 32GB when it hits the Philippines.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

32 Responses

  1. Avatar for i^2 i^2 says:

    can anyone pls tell me where in manila i can buy a 64gb model of this?

  2. Avatar for alainL alainL says:

    Kelan release nito sa Pilipinas? :)

  3. Avatar for Juni Juni says: says it comes with Android 4.0 (ICS), not honeycomb. Did they change it back to Android 3.2 (HC)?

  4. Avatar for robert robert says:

    I saw the transformer prime featured in future perfect of ANC hosted by tony velasquez and I am truly amazed by this tablet. I am holding off my plan of buying galaxy tab p7500 with this gadget. The guest ASUS spokesperson told that it will be available next month February 2012 with an SRP of 33k php

  5. Avatar for Bullet Aso Bullet Aso says:

    is it available now in the Philippine market? If so, for how much is it sold when with the dock? and how much if without the dock? Where can I buy it?

  6. Avatar for David Z David Z says:

    Don’t look now, guys, but Hasbro finally sued Asus for this:

  7. Avatar for jangie jangie says:

    ngrerelease na daw sa US.. wala paba sa pinas., sana di mgmahal yan.. 499 dollars lng sana..

  8. Avatar for Gabe Gabe says:

    Hi Migs!

    I have been waiting for this ever since I read your post about the transformer prime. Do you have any idea when it would be released in the Philippines?

    I just bought a galaxy note and found out that android is for me. My partner bought an Ipad2 and it’s kinda a disappointment IMO.

    So i am torn between the transformer prime or samsung 10.1


  9. Avatar for JYEAH-R JYEAH-R says:

    this or the galaxy note?haaaisssstttt…

  10. Avatar for EL EL says:

    Hindi magbabago kanta ko. Forever anti-Apple na toits! Hoy! Mga ISheep fans dyan lumabas na Kayo! Sigaw na kayo na the best pa rin ang IPad 3 (kahit Wala pa). Hahahaha – bulag talaga kayo!

  11. Avatar for wenar wenar says:

    available na ba dito phil.? Saan makakabili nito?

  12. Avatar for maica maica says:

    ..i want that to receive in my debut
    i think i will be cool if i have it

  13. Avatar for Edwin C Edwin C says:

    Paglabas ng iPad 3 baka mag-iba na naman ang mga kanta ninyo.

  14. Avatar for 1GB and no 3G 1GB and no 3G says:

    Not satisfied sa RAM, no SIM slot. hays. Wait ko nlng next version, 6-8 mos from now, baka pede n din Win 8.

    For the specs, battery life, and price, taob n mga galaxy tab at ipads. Sana di ako matempt bumili this christmas. Waaaa!! :)

  15. Avatar for alain alain says:

    this is worth the upgrade. come to me transformer prime!

  16. Avatar for floyd floyd says:

    where do you buy the $300 transformer?

  17. Avatar for transformer optimus transformer optimus says:

    Ganun? Kabibili ko lang ng Transformer 101 ko then, eto naman? For sure ibabagsak nila presyo nitong 101. Kainis naman! First tablet ko ang Transformer and grabe sa ganda at bilis, pero mas gusto ko yang nasa taas paano to?

  18. Avatar for jonski22 jonski22 says:

    i think it’s more that Php22K…look at the specs…Tegra 3..QuadCore Processor…

  19. Avatar for erwin erwin says:

    This is the type of device perfect for Windows 8!

  20. Avatar for kuya dan kuya dan says:

    waaaaaaaaaaa hindi pa rin 3G bakit nmn ganun…

  21. Avatar for camhiliciouz camhiliciouz says:


    this is like SUPER!

    i really want one!

    i’ll ask again what Paulo did,can we install Windows 7 instead of the Android?

    this will make it more interesting.

    but i swear, this is really a WINNER! XD

    • Avatar for John John says:

      Nope YOU CANNOT.. ARM processor nito.. hindi pwede windows 7…

      maybe windows 8 sa future, kung mahahack.. but im sure by that time, meron ng mas mabibilis na processor at mas magandang tablet ang asus for win8

    • Avatar for camhiliciouz camhiliciouz says:

      thanks for the info! XD

      i guess the Prime is fab as it is.

      i haven’t tried the Android tabs…

      im really looking for my first, and the monotony of my idevices, sometimes, nevermind.

      i just hope a very decent office app is available! XD

  22. Avatar for jon jon says:

    wow, Transformer? Prime? Autobot na masyado ang dating nito ah.. Sana meron ding lumabas na Transformer BEE! lol

  23. Avatar for Glen Glen says:

    Okay im sold.. now where can I get one?

  24. Avatar for Jerome Jerome says:

    ndi p rin b 3G???

  25. Avatar for dan_md dan_md says:

    Goodbye overpriced and accessory-totting Galaxy Tab 10.1… Clearly, with the longer batt life, microSD slot, HDMI input, and lower price tag (things that are lacking in Sammy), this is the better option. Sana may magregalo… haha.

  26. Avatar for kevin kevin says:

    Wow! first quadcore in a tablet! with the affordable price range.. ^^

  27. Avatar for MyMaria MyMaria says:

    Oi! This will make a cool xmas gift… for myself. Weeeeeeee!

  28. Avatar for John John says:

    Seriously,I want this for my graduation gift. I hope this would be a game changer.

  29. Avatar for Paulo Paulo says:

    can I install Windows 7 in it?

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