All that we have come to know of uptil now is that the sequel to the original Transformer has been named Transformer Prime (and not Transformer 2) and that it will make its debut on November 9th. We have come across a few other tit bits as well pertaining to the new Transformer including the fact that it also stands a chance of becoming the first tablet to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich. However, what was missing so far were clear shots of the upcoming tablet as the ones doing the rounds were not satisfying enough. The dearth seems to have been taken care of with the emergence of a few pic depicting the Transformer Prime in a better light.
The Transformer Prime was first confirmed by Asus chairman Jonney Shih who had also shown off the product at the recently held AsiaD conference. The Chairman however had not allowed for a closer look at the device and nor did the company allow pictures of the device to remain for long on a Chinese forum that had hosted the same for a while. Notebook Italia though, had managed to grab some of the pictures before they were deleted from the forum.
So what does the new images reveal of the Transformer Prime?
Well, the second iteration of Transformer which happened to be the most popular among Android tablets continues with the same form factor complete with a detachable keypad dock. The keyboard boasts of multifaceted functions namely a touchpad and expansion ports. Another useful aspect of the keyboard is that it comes with its own power source, which in combination with the tablet’s battery will serve for twice the number of hours. Also, the layout of the optional keyboard is such that the buttons are placed below the touchpad area itself.
As for its looks, the Transformer Prime does look stunning with its concentric brushed aluminium finish. The company logo is also placed at the center of the tablet’s back so that the overall looks mimics the Asus Zenbook and its siblings.
However, while detailed specifications of the Transformer Prime has been kept under wraps as of now, what has come to the fore is that the rear camera is now accompanied with a LED flash. Further, the Transformer Prime has already been confirmed to feature NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core processor at its heart while the overall thickness will be no more than 0.33 inches. We will have to wait for a couple of weeks for the final thing to emerge.
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