Asus has given its next-generation Eee Pad Tranformer a name: Meet the Transformer Prime. Asus chairman Jonney Shih showed off the tablet at the All Things D conference in Hong Kong. He also unveiled that the tablet would be formally announced on November 9th — Asus has a long history of teasing products before they’re actually ready to ship.
Like the original Transformer, the new Prime comes in two parts. There’s a 10 inch Android tablet. And there’s an optional keyboard dock which allows you to use the device more like a laptop. Since the dock has its own battery you can also get longer battery life by docking the tablet.
But the new model is thinner and faster. It will be one of the first devices to ship with an NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor and it measures just 8.3mm (less than 0.33 inches) thick. That puts the Transformer Prime squarely in iPad 2/Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 territory.
Asus says the Transformer Prime will get up to 14.5 hours of battery life — although I’m guessing you’ll need the laptop dock to get that kind of run time.
via The Verge