The highly anticipated and hard to find ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime has surfaced online at Office Depot. The website has the tablet labeled incorrectly with “Prime” omitted from the device’s name, but the TF201 product number clearly indicates that the slate is indeed the new Transformer Prime. An Office Depot customer service representative confirmed that the device is in-stock and mislabeled, though it is unclear how much inventory Office Depot currently has available. The 32GB model of ASUS’s quad-core tablet starts at $499.99. More →
ASUS took to its Facebook page on Tuesday to ease tensions from an increasing number of customers unhappy with the locked bootloader on the quad-core Transformer Prime tablet. The company also confirmed that it will begin rolling out an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update on January 12th. It was reported yesterday that the highly-anticipated Eee Pad Transformer Prime featured a locked and encrypted bootloader, making it impossible to flash custom ROMs and kernels. Irate customers took to social networks such as Twitter and Facebook and voiced their opinions. The company announced that it is working on a bootloader unlocking tool, however with an unlocked bootloader comes consequences; Google video rentals will be unavailable and the ASUS warranty will be voided for unlocked devices. ASUS’s full statement follows below.
After its announcement, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime became one of the most anticipated devices of 2011. The tablet was the first to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core chipset and built upon the success of ASUS’ previous tablet. After suffering from Wi-Fi connection issues, numerous delays and a newly discovered GPS bug, an xda developer forum member discovered that ASUS locked and encrypted the Prime’s bootloader. The tablet’s bootloader features 128bit AES encryption, making it impossible to flash custom ROMs and kernels. In the past, carriers have requested that devices on the company’s network be locked, however, the Prime is a Wi-Fi only device, leading consumers to wonder why it has been locked. Previously, HTC used a similar method of locking their devices but abandoned the practice after customer outrage. More →
Asus confirmed on a recent conference call that its Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet will be available in stores in early December. The device will be among the first on the market with NVIDIA’s brand new quad-core Tegra 3 chip. It measures just 8.3mm thick but Asus says it is capable of offering up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge. The convertible tablet is equipped with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.2-megapixel camera for video chat, a microSD card slot and a microHDMI port. Asus’ Eee Pad Transformer Prime will initially run Android 3.2 (Honeycomb), although the company said an over-the-air update will be issued shortly after launch with Ice Cream Sandwich in tow. The Eee Pad Transformer Prime will be available in 32GB and 64GB flavors for $399 and $499, respectively. Asus will also sell a $149 keyboard dock accessory that can turn the tablet into a netbook-style computer. More →