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Transformer Prime Makes Appearance at AsiaD: Will Be Announced November 9

Asus chairman Johnny Shih was on stage last night at AllThingsD’s AsiaD conference and brought with him something special. After a brief conversation on stage, he jumped into a briefcase that he had carried out which just so happened to be holding the new Transformer tablet. Instead of Transformer 2, they are calling it the “Prime” (popular name in the Android world these days). It’s only 8.3mm thick, which is mind-bogglingly thin. For reference, the Galaxy Nexus is 8.84mm and the iPad 2 is 8.8mm.

Shih confirmed that it will run NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processor, has a 10″ screen, docks into a keyboard just like the original Transformer and will be announced on November 9.

Asus’ main man also confirmed that Ice Cream Sandwich has a good chance at being on tablets before the end of the year. It sounds like companies are just waiting for Google to release source so that they can pump out updates as soon as possible.  

Via:  AllThingsD, Engadget

  • Anonymous

    Man, I’m really looking forward to this one. Baby gets the ipad, mommy gets the Transformer and daddy gets the new toy. Life is good.

  • oddity98

    The Topp guy looks like Chuck Testa!

  • Anonymous

    Ice Cream Sandwich looked so good and it wasn’t even the final version,wow! Google really rose above the standard and hopefully this will put fire under Apple to do a revamp for iOS that has been the same since 2007!

  • If this has a full size SD slot, I’m so on board.  

  • Anonymous

    Imagine the guy in top picture with a speech bubble that says “I just sharted, and now I can’t stand up” lol

  • sounds waaaaaaay too much like the tv show

  • Billy Jenkins

    I was hoping for it to be called the Transformer Optimus Prime

  • Anonymous

    So I had my hear set on the Transformer 1 because the T2 should drop its price some but that thing looks so good I may have to reconsider. Quad core ICS? Hello laptop replacement!

  • Anonymous

    The only thing I am curious about with this thing is battery life. I know Tegra 3 is supposed to be way more power efficient than it’s predecessor, but with it that thin I wonder if they had to sacrifice some battery capacity. Either way I look for it to be a great tablet. 

    • Anonymous

      Just read it is supposed to get 14.5 hours, if that is just the tablet I will be very impressed.

  • Anonymous

    But but but, I sent you this tip over on an.droid life….

    Either way, glad to see it’s up!

  • Anonymous

    I genuinely hate Walt Mossberg.

  • Anonymous

    So glad someone finally beat the *pad on thinness, now they can’t say an android tablet is not thin sleek. This thing looks awesome and with Tegra 3 I’m sure it will run as good as it looks. It is on my pre-order list for sure.

  • shdowman

    And lawsuit incoming……..now.

    • Anonymous

      Was thinking the same thing, after all it’s a black bezel rectangle.

      • EC8CH

        yep. apparently if you can’t tell the difference when looking at the front of the tablets from 10 feet away that’s proof of “slavishly” copying.

  • PowersUSA

    Please have a better than 18 bit display that the current Transformer has. 


    • Anonymous

      I don’t know what all the mean but I remember the Transformer screen getting as good or better reviews than the ipad screen

  • shdowman

    Walt looks terribly thrilled there. Let me add caption:

    “Sigh….yeah it’s nice and all, but did you bring an *Pad 3 in that bag??”

    • Anonymous

      He’s still mourning Steve.

  • FortitudineVincimus


  • Are the transformers stock honeycomb? Will the ICS update be stock?

  • EC8CH

    Wow… if this is any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait to see the next round of Android tablets.

  • Anonymous

    … moss looks sad, sad about his beloved fruit company

  • Anonymous

    “He jumped into a briefcase..” Asus must also have the world’s thinnest CEO. 😛

    • Jordan


    • Anonymous

      Haha, good to see you posting.

  • Will it fit in the same laptop dock? That is a very important piece of information

    • Anonymous

      My question exactly.  This will answer the “will I buy it” answer.

    • Anonymous

      I read somewhere (not sure where) that ASUS said that the current laptop dock will be compatible with future versions. Probably not the other way around though. As AlexKCMO said, it may require and adapter, but I would think it would be a semi permanent one.

  • Anonymous

    Nice, so soon I will have the Asus Prime AND the Galaxy Nexus!  

    • Anonymous

      Well said. Good idea, me too!

  • Billgates

    That guy’s face is hilarious..

    • Mctypething

      u laughing bro?

      • Billy Jenkins

        yea. he probably is bro. since he said its hilarious

  • Anonymous

    The guy in the top picture looks so excited that he can barely contain himself.

    • Esmccarty09

      +1 haha

    • Didnt u know thats Walts “i dont give a damn unless its apple” look.

      • EC8CH

        Mossberg could give the Sad Panda a run for his money.

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, it’s like he’s Steve Jr. I hate reading his reviews because they just piss me off.

    • Jamdev12

      I also hate his smirks and his pointed comments that try to put his guests down. I haven’t watched an interview with an Apple employee but if it is completely different then he is definitely a total Apple douche

    • Nate Surber

      Uncle Walt looks like he should be selling Oatmeal and talking about diabeetiss.

    • Joelseph

      Hahaha ikr?  That’s totally my aunt’s “Put the damn camera away” face.  LOL

    • Anonymous

      He looks like he’s going to say, “I found this flaming bag of poop on my doorstep and I want to know who put it there.”

  • EJ McCarty

    i will be getting this. i dont have a tablet yet and ive been waiting for the quad cores. this is everything i need. with some ICS this thing will be smooth and elegant. i have a droid 3, but im considering switching to the nexus. any comments or suggestions on that?

    • The first transformer is awesome. Updates comes SUPER fast because there is very little skinning, there is a ton of support for it, and the hardware is great. You’re making a good move

      • EJ McCarty

        sweet thanks. how do you feel about the move from the droid 3 to the galaxy nexus. i know the 3 will get ics eventually but if im gonna get a tablet with ics the whole point is integration with the phone and i dont wanna have to wait for that because god only knows how long moto will take to get ics out there. and plus i dont wanna have to wait 4 months to get ics because by that time something new will come out haha. i just dont wanna spend the price for full retail, but maybe i could talk big red into giving me an early update 🙂

  • Braston Bland

    I wish they would have talked price. For some reason, I’m still leaning towards the Kindle FIre. I know it’s more e-reader than tablet, but I’m finding it hard to justify spending the extra dough when I just want to consume a little content on the cheap. 

    Who knows maybe Black Friday will bring some hellacious tablet deals… 😀

  • Jordan

    That is ridiculously thin. It’s amazing how they can do that with 10 inch tablets…

  • Anthony Lamberto

    Sweet so my bionic and transformer will get ICS happy day!

  • JG

    not sure if buying this over my current transformer is worth it…dont see a need for quads yet

    • Eskiar128

      same but its so thinn… i know i’m gonna be jealous of it

      • rjskalet

        i agree the thickness of it makes me want to get one over my original.

    • When it comes down to it, we don’t really need duel-core, a gigabite of ram, or tablets in general. They are nice to have though 🙂

      • Anonymous

        Considering the Dual Core Tegras can’t play high profile video and need to be converted or streamed, I’d say there is a need for “duel-core” and quad-cores.

  • OMG that is thin…think i just found my christmas gift to myseflf.

    • Billy Jenkins

      Wanna buy me one as well? It can be a double christmas gift for both of us.

      • LOLz sure i need a few things your name, address, SS# and DOB and i will ship it to you so it arrvies right before chrsitmas