Now that we've had several days to torture test the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, we've put together our 30 minute in-depth video review. This Android tablet has drawn a lot of attention since it's the first quad core Nvidia Tegra 3 model to hit the market, and the tablet is nearly impossible to find in stores right now (it's a repeat of the original Transformer fiasco where stock was severely limited early on).
The Transformer Prime is Asus' second gen Android 10" tablet and it has a lot of solid specs for the price. It has an extremely bright and high contrast IPS display with what Asus calls Super IPS + mode that brings brightness to more than 600 nits for better outdoor viewing. The tablet is available with 32 gigs of storage for $499 and $599 for 64 gigs (I don't believe 64 gig models are shipping yet). This is a WiFi-only tablet, and it has WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth and a GPS. There's a microSD card slot and that storage integrates nicely in Gallery and Music. There is no USB port of any kind on the tablet itself, and you'll need to purchase the optional keyboard dock to get a full USB host port. It had a rear 8MP camera and a front video chat camera.
We really like the display, though our unit has some light bleed along the right edge and bottom edge when held in portrait mode (noticeable when playing videos with letterboxing). The GPS is indeed problematic, and it only gets a fix outdoors and is challenged by movement. WiFi works just fine in our tests with several access points and range and speed are average.
Top to bottom: Transformer Prime, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Motorola Droid XYBoard 10.1.
This is a very thin and light 10" tablet, and it's just a wee bit thinner and lighter than the thinnest on the market. The aluminum back is attractive though slippery, and build quality is very good. The Tegra 3's performance is very strong, though not earth shattering, and in part that's likely due to apps and the OS itself not putting all those cores to best use. With the Transformer Prime's promised upgrade to Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, it will be interesting to see how much performance improves. It will also be interesting to see what competing CPU manufacturers bring to market in 2012 (ARM Cortex A15 CPUs and more).
Like the original Transformer, the Prime works with the optional $149 keyboad dock that adds a full USB port, chicklet keyboard, trackpad and a secondary battery that significantly boosts runtimes. Polaris Office is on board, and it combined with the keyboard dock make this a good netbook replacement for MS Office work, web, email and video playback. The Transformer Prime is very strong at video playback of 1080p high profile H.264 video, unlike the original Transformer with it's video-acceleration challenged Tegra 2 CPU. The tablet does 5.1 audio out over HDMI, and we had trouble with this not playing to all speakers on our AV receiver and not converting to stereo with our HDMI HD TVs.
Here's our 30 minute in-depth Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime video review. Our full written review will follow in the coming days.