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Asus Transformer Prime Goes Up On US Amazon As Pre-Order – No Word On Release Date

Just last week we saw the German Amazon site list the Transformer Prime as available for pre-order.  Now the US version is getting some love and people are free to pre-order, except for the fact that we still don’t know when they will begin to ship out.  Price is at a completely reasonable $499 for the 32GB version and $584 for the 64GB variant.  Tegra 3 processor is on board and as we saw this morning, the Prime looks fantastic running Ice Cream Sandwich.  No say on when the tablet will be released, but at least we know that Asus plans on having Ice Cream Sandwich on it only a few weeks after launch.  Might make the wait a bit more tolerable.

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  • Jersey Girl

    Pre-ordered the grey version just now at Best Buy with standard free shipping and the estimated arrival date is 12/18 – 12/23, if you do expedite it will arrive 12/18 – 12/20.  CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!

    • Kschmider

      I pre-ordered on Amazon today (11/22) and this evening my shipping status has been updated to “Shipment 1 of 1: The following item will arrive after December 25, 2011.”
      Looks like the Wife will not get it in time for Christmas.

  • adryan maldonado

    What are the specs to the keyboard dock? I want to know what ports it has

  • gimlet72

    Screw reasonable. I want it and I want it now!

  • Ouch, That price is a bit steep for my personal likings… 

  • Maurice97322

    Transformer Prime or ipad3?

  • bigrob60

    I saw the 32Gig version of the Xoom at BJ’S this morning for the low-mid $300’s and was some what tempted. But I knew this is was around the corner & it is well worth the price. It actually make all other tablets over priced to me. Does anybody know how ICS will handle peripheral devices like external hard drives, DVD/Blu-Ray drives etc.?

  • Richard Yoo

    Waiting for the tablet + dock bundle

  • I just prordered mine and it said it would come after the december 25th I hope thats not true cause i need it by the 20th. *Crosses fingers*

  • Pre-ordered. 🙂

  • The only question now is Champagne or Amethyst Gray

    • bigrob60

      I enlarged the champagne & it looked real nice & polished. 

    • Anonymous

      I went with the grey ‘cuz that slight purple twinge / black looks nice to me.  Plus, it’s a little less Apple-y.  Can’t go wrong with either one, though. Both awesome.

  • Anonymous

    I caved and made my first tablet purchase!

    This thing just replaced the Galaxy Nexus as my Christmas present for myself. Looks like I will be sticking with my Droid X until after Q2 2012 when quad-core phones start coming out.

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  • Eric Franca

    I’m curious what kind of usb peripherals these will be able to use. Anyone know if better webcams work via the usb port (on dock or tablet)? I use them all the time and would love to know. I’d hate to be stuck at 1.2 MP video chatting…

    • Anonymous

      What kind of Video Chatting are you doing that you need to be seen in quality better than 1.2 MP?!?

      • Eric Franca

        Video chatting with my wife whom I see monthly in person at best. Need all those MP. And come on, video chatting at 1.2MP is practically like looking at a little blurry person.


    Any thoughts on how long the original Transformer will still be available? I know Best Buy is selling them for $250 on Friday, but I refuse to go stand in line. I am hoping for some online deals sometime in the next few weeks.

    • Anonymous

      $250 is without the keyboard dock btw. Its $100 extra for dock on Friday.

      • GOTSOOT

        I know, its still $129 cheaper than what Amazon is currently selling it for.

        • Anonymous

          IMO the whole thing, dock and everything should be $300. Android tablets are limited, just my opinion

    • bigrob60

      Go buy it now then on Friday go in w/ the receipt demanding the difference refunded to you. Every store has a price guarantee for a certain period of time. I believe Best Buy is a week. You should double check on the site. It was last I looked. Then w/ the money you save buy the keyboard dock.

      • richard brown

        This is incorrect, Bestbuy price garuntee exmpts BlackFriday as a sale, if you want to try to convince the staff good luck but they do not have to by policy what so ever


        From Bestbuy.com please note the 2nd paragraph

        Buy It Now with Confidence
        Best Buy will match the price if you find a lower price on an identical available product at a local retail competitor’s store, a local Best Buy retail store or BestBuy.com. Simply let us know when you are making your purchase or during the return and exchange period. Perfect Match Promise products have an extended 60-day price match period.

        The Guarantee does not apply to: Our competitors’ website prices, offers that include financing, bundling of items, free items, pricing errors, mail-in offers, competitors’ service prices, items that are advertised as limited-quantity, out of stock, open-box, clearance, refurbished/used items, BestBuy.com Midnight Sale and special hour sale events, BestBuy.com Outlet Center and Marketplace items, and items for sale Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving..

        • bigrob60

          Last time I checked there was no limitation on it. My friends buddy(I know, friend of a friend) said that’s what he has always done. Which is why I checked a few years ago and there policy never mentioned exclusions then. I haven’t checked in awhile & there hasn’t been anything the past few years I’ve wanted anyways. 

          • richard brown

            Any way now we can get back to important things, like waiting for this Beast to come out I am getting it Day one in gray/

          • bigrob60

            Hypebeast Hoo!!! Did you pre-order?

          • richard brown

            No, I dont really like preordering before I know the release date.

          • bigrob60

            FortitudineVincimus’ post said it would arrive after Dec 25th. Pretty vague. 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Pre order in place.. woot woot

  • No more constant refreshes! 

  • *Should be $492 for the 32GB version, not $499.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone link me to the case cover thing? I think it’s called transleeve.

  • I owned the original Asus Transformer and loved it.  Sold the old one and can’t wait to get the new one! 

  • Chris Sandoval

    Add this to my Christmas list!

  • Bob

    $500 isn’t reasonable for anything.

    • Anonymous

      Liked and +1

      • Anonymous

        No like a boss

    • even a house?

    • Anonymous

      @readers:disqus  my classmate’s mom makes $72 every hour on the internet. She has been unemployed for 3 months but last month her paycheck was $8728 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read about it on this site  http://smlk.es/Cash

      • Richard Yoo

        u advertising bro?

    • bigrob60

      I’d pay $500 for the Quad core 32GB version any day. Better then the $700 for a phone now a days.

    • Anonymous

      How in the world are people complaining about this pricing????

      Quad core on the thinnest tablet with 32gb and $100 less than the ipad is stellar pricing!

      If you don’t think that is good pricing then you don’t want a tablet. So go buy your $300 laptop and be happy. I think people forget this a cutting edge luxury item.

      Heck, I would pay $650 for a quad-core laptop and that much battery life in that size. Some people pay $1000 for similar (Macbook air)

  • Just pre-ordered.  Which will get here first Prime or Nexus?

    • Chris Casey

      Do you think that your purchase was legit? I’ve been waiting since summer and want it really badly but am unsure as to the legitimacy. 

      • How have you been waiting since summer? This tablet was announced about a month ago…

      • Kelly

        yes, amazon has it listed on their tablet store front (looks like it is a rotating section at the top, so may not be on the ATP when you view it)  goo.gl/gcBkG

        and the link you are taken to from that tablet home page – the page that lists the available options goo.gl/rq14T

      • What legitimacy?  

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I care less and less about the Nexus, I am kind of over it, I look forward to this more. I am most likely going to wait to 2012 and see what Tegra 3 phones come.

      • Richard Yoo

        Ditto. Samsung and Verizon neglected the fact that people have limited funds. They may have sold us on the Galaxy Nexus on the phone market but the delay has allowed other markets to cross over such as this.

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  • Anonymous

    Sweet action!

  • Richard Yoo

    Which color y’all be getting?

    • Got the 32gb in Grey!

    • Kelly

      Amethyst gray 64gb

    • Jspears0104

      Trying to decide…. Leaning towards champaign 32gb

    • Anonymous

      I went with Champaign.

      Really hard to tell by the photos how it will really look in hand.  I am worried that it might look to Appleish, but I am tired of the typical gray/black devices.  That’s why I loved my TF, that Bronze color is killer, wish they had stuck with it.

      • Richard Yoo

        The Amethyst Gray is more purple than it is gray. From what I’m seeing from pictures it doesn’t seem typical. I might just get that.

        • Anonymous

          That’s the conclusion I came to, as well. Pulled the trigger on the Amethyst Gray.

  • I can’t wait to get one of these.