Asus hasn’t officially launched the Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet yet, but it looks like someone might be testing a pre-release unit. If you run the AnTuTu benchmark utility on any current Android device today, you’re likely to find that you don’t have the fastest machine around. Thats’ because the Tranformer Prime now shows up at the top of the list.
It’s a bit surprising to see the test results in the wild, but it’s hardly shocking that the Prime is trouncing the competition.
The new Asus tablet will be one of the first devices to ship with an NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor. It’s expected too carry a clock speed of 1.4 GHz, but the benchmark results also show a version clocked at 1.6 GHz. In addition to having a faster clock speed than most chips on the market today and more processor cores than most competing ARM-based chips, the Kal-El processor will also feature big improvements in graphics performance.
Benchmarks such as AnTuTu don’t always paint the most accurate pictures of real world performance since it’s hard to measure all the different ways you might use a device. But the benchmark does try to gauge the speed and performance of the processor, memory, graphics, and storage — and that at least gives you something to compare to other devices.
According to the AnTutu charts, the devices living in the Transformer Prime’s shadow include the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II smartphones.
Asus is expected to formally launch the Transformer Prime on November 9th.