It’s official, the ASUS Transformer Prime will be launching here in Australia in the New Year, more specifically a release date in January. Price is yet to be confirmed by ASUS however we’ve heard something around the $700 mark. The Transformer Prime is the first Android device to launch with NVIDIA’s new Quad-Core (or Penta-Core) Tegra 3 SoC. Other specification for the beast include..

  • 10.1-inch SuperIPS + display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor with 12-core GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB internal storage with microSD card slot
  • microHDMI port
  • 8MP F2.4 rear shooter with continuous flash for video recording, 1.2MP front camera
  • 8.33mm thin
  • 586g (1.29 lbs.)
  • 12 hour battery life playing 720p video, 18 hours with keyboard dock
  • Metallic spun finish
  • Android 3.2 – will be updated to Android 4.0 as soon as possible after release

Given the release date, it’s possible that the Transformer Prime might launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, however, we don’t see the likelihood. Move out of the way Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there’s a (harder,) faster, stronger, better tablet coming to town.

  • Pondyy

    499 in the US and 700 here? What gives? I dont want one with a keyboard. That is so typical.

  • Scott Ditchburn

    Centrecom have it up for pre-order:

    $799 32gb with Keyboard
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/epad-tf201-32gdocking-order-asus-transformer-prime-32gb-golden-p-55517.html?sort=2a
    $899 64gb with Keyboard
    http://www.centrecom.com.au/catalog/epad-tf201-64gdocking-order-asus-transformer-prime-64gb-golden-p-55518.html?sort=2a

    Just FYI, there is no price for non keyboard but if you gave them a call you could probably find out also find out if it’s official pricing (As set by the manufacture) or just a guess

  • jivemaster

    Don’t forget that it will likely include the keyboard accessory for the price, so it won’t be that bad a price in that regard.

  • http://androidtidbits.com Guillermo Martinez

    What about release dates to other parts of Asia? Really looking forward for this tablet. 

  • Hikari0307

    Unless it’s competitive with US prices, no way am I paying Australian prices for this. In fact even UK prices without vat which is usually cheaper than Australian prices is still more expensive than US prices >_< Time to hit the grey import markets on ebay or ask a mate studying in the US to help me out lol

    • Hikari0307

      or guess I’ll wait for MWC next year and see what other manufacturers like Samsung is gonna bring to the table next year.

      • Gutenmuach

        you will be waiting forever

      • Hikari0307

        xmas made me kinda broke anyway ahaha so even if I wanted to I couldn’t buy it in January ahaha

  • http://twitter.com/DzeRNumbrd2 DzeRNumbrd

    Think I will be waiting to see what Samsung bring to the tablet table in February before I jump on the Transformer.  Like the idea of having a keyboard, but love the idea of the big screen and nice display.

    http://www.bgr.com/2011/12/08/samsung-to-beat-apple-to-market-with-retina-resolution-tablet-in-february/

    Says it is Retina display level (~320ppi) but my calc comes out to 260ppi, which is still good.

  • Grunger

    If I get this, I’ll be importing it or at least saying to my relatives and friends – don’t give me a present for my birthday, just give me some money and I’ll put it towards the Prime.

    Matter of fact, I’ll tell ‘em to give me the money and I’ll still import it. No way I’m gonna pay Australian  prices even for these beauties.

    • Anonymous

      100%

  • Anonymous

    What ever happened to the idea of having a tablet that you doc your phone in? Things have gone quiet on that front lately. I was holding out for one but if they aren’t coming any time soon then the prime will might just be my first tablet.

  • Anonymous

    So buy from the US Ebay site then…?

  • Morkai

    Interesting, very cool that there’s finally details on the launch, but I think I’ll stick with a Transformer V1, all I’ll be using it for is comics/books/tv shows. Hopefully the launch of the Prime will drive the prices down.

  • http://twitter.com/xavierdylan Dylan Xavier

    is that $700 price tag with or without the keyboard?

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      Not too sure, just a price we’ve seen thrown around with no specifics.

      • http://twitter.com/xavierdylan Dylan Xavier

        What i had was $799 for Prime 32gb +keyboard, $899 for Prime 64gb +keyboard

  • Damon Lewis

    So almost a 50% premium on the US price? faaaaaaaantastic.

    • http://buzz.id.au Buzz Moody

      Australia Tax + Gerry Harvey Complaints Tax + High Australian Dollar = Low, Low Prices.

    • Anonymous

      Which is why anyone I know will simply import it instead of purchasing locally… I try to support local business but in tech stuff it simply seems financially stupid to do so.