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Asus Unveils Eee Pad Transformer Prime Tablet

Asus hasn't announced whether its 10-inch Android tablet will be powered by Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich.

Asus recently gave a sneak peek of its new Eee Pad Transformer, a next-generation Android-powered 10-inch tablet called the Transformer Prime that features a Nvidia quad-core processor, and is just 0.32 inches thick. It's unclear whether the Prime will have Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.

Just like the original Eee Pad Transformer, Prime will include the option of purchasing a keyboard dock to emulate a clamshell laptop form factor. Asus CEO Jonney Shih revealed the new device during the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong, and the company plans to officially launch the tablet Nov. 9. Asus did not say if the Prime's official unveiling in three weeks will include information about pricing and availability.

Transformer Prime

The 10-inch Asus Transformer Prime sounds like it will be an impressive device and may be one of the earliest tablets out of the gate rocking Nvidia's anticipated Kal-el quad-core chip for mobile devices. Prime also includes a mini-HDMI port, SD card slot, and Asus claims the device has a 16.5 hour battery life when connected to the keyboard docking station. Asus did not reveal a number of specs, including screen resolution, a complete list of ports, storage, memory, processor speed and connectivity options. The Transformer Prime has an aluminum finish similar to its new Zen Ultrabooks.

Asus' sneak preview of Prime follows the company's release of a Transformer Prime teaser trailer on Wednesday, when the device was referred to as the Eee Pad Transformer 2. The trailer doesn't discuss the specs for the new device, but it does give you a sense of what the Transformer Prime will look like. You can check it out below.

Shih also discussed Asus' upcoming Padfone, a smartphone that can connect to a tablet shell. Shih said the company's current plans are to launch the Padfone in early 2012 running Ice Cream Sandwich.

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