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Asus Unveils New Improved Transformer Prime at CES

By - Source: The Verge | B 24 comments

The Transformer Prime has only been out for a month but Asus has already unveiled an updated version of the tablet.

The Asus Transformer Prime is still a very new tablet. Launched just last month, the tablet was first unveiled in October, just after the Galaxy Nexus made its debut. However, it seems Asus feels the device is already in need of a refresh, as the company this week unveiled a second version of the Transformer Prime, the TF700T.

The biggest difference between the TFT700T and the already available TF201 is that the former features a 1920 x 1200 resolution display (versus the TF201's 1280 x 800 display), which makes it the perfect competitor for the 1080p Iconia A700 that was teased last night. On top of increased resolution, the TFT700T has an improved design that sees the back cover altered to enhance the device's GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, as well as a 2-megapixel camera up front (this is compared to the TF201's 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera). These differences aside, the tablet has the same specifications as the model officially released on December 1. That means buyers of this tablet will get the same Tegra 3 processing power, WiFi, 3G, up to 64GB of storage, and full HD video playback.

Scheduled for availability in the second quarter of this year, the Verge reports that pricing will be between $599 and $699 depending on the capacity you're after. It's not yet clear if Asus intends for this tablet to replace the TF201 or simply sell alongside it, but we imagine those that invested in the TF201 in its first month of availability will be a little miffed that an upgraded version is available so soon after launch.

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    icepick314 , January 9, 2012 11:31 PM
    so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?
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    Prince_Porter , January 9, 2012 11:15 PM
    That does seem pretty quick for a rehash of the same tablet, I'd be a bit pissed.
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    freggo , January 9, 2012 11:20 PM
    1920x1200... me like !
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    mayankleoboy1 , January 9, 2012 11:30 PM
    1920x1080? :o 

    so now you need a gtx570 to game on it?
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    icepick314 , January 9, 2012 11:31 PM
    so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?
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    notsleep , January 9, 2012 11:43 PM
    whatever...it still pale in comparison to my asus ep121... :p 
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    eklipz330 , January 9, 2012 11:47 PM
    icepick314so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?

    basically
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    iLLz , January 9, 2012 11:54 PM
    That's a pretty sweet upgrade on the screen. That resolution is going to push the Tegra 3 i'd imagine. I'm curious how Tegra 3 will handle gaming at that resolution. Even if it's only Angry Birds and FieldRunner, lol.
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    svdb , January 9, 2012 11:55 PM
    That's what you get from always wanting newer stuff faster. Now you can't keep up the pace with how fast your new stuff becomes old stuff, and you complain about it. :) 
    This test about the prime was very good: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5175/asus-transformer-prime-followup
    @notsleep: come on, be serious, the ep121 is a PC...
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    freggo , January 10, 2012 12:19 AM
    That's the problem with these devices...
    It seems everyone here is just talking about 'gaming' on them. So manufacturers hold back on higher resolution (which business people with big spreadsheets would like) becuase the game fps will suck and than give the tablet a bad rep.

    Not everything needs to be used for gaming folks :-)


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    southernshark , January 10, 2012 12:20 AM
    svdbThat's what you get from always wanting newer stuff faster. Now you can't keep up the pace with how fast your new stuff becomes old stuff, and you complain about it. This test about the prime was very good: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5175 [...] e-followup@notsleep: come on, be serious, the ep121 is a PC...



    A PC from the mid 90s perhaps. I doubt it could even run a 1999 game such as Counterstrike... that would be epic if it would (and yes I know they would need an ARM version of Halflife). Perhaps Valve is listening.....
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    house70 , January 10, 2012 12:54 AM
    icepick314so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?

    No, if you want to game on it. lower resolution=higher fps from the same chipset.
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    jasonw223 , January 10, 2012 1:22 AM
    Frick... just got my TF201....
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    jryan388 , January 10, 2012 3:06 AM
    Better res than my desktop...
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    eddieroolz , January 10, 2012 4:09 AM
    Never standing still. That's what makes Asus what they are.
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    Darkk , January 10, 2012 4:16 AM
    Didn't really surprise me. So far it's rumored Apple is going to offer better screen resolution for the iPad3 so Asus is smart by making the change now to keep up with the competition.
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    serialbeaterx , January 10, 2012 4:30 AM
    This tablet gonna be awesome!
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    killerclick , January 10, 2012 5:10 AM
    Gaming on 10"... I'm sure it's an amazing experience but I'll stick to my 27", thanks... as for Asus, good for them, I may just get a tablet one day if it continues to improve.
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    Cantisque , January 10, 2012 5:17 AM
    Wow, that's a higher DPI than real life @_@
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    aaron88_7 , January 10, 2012 8:11 AM
    Pricing starts at $600? Wow, Asus has completely forgotten what made their original tablet so popular.

    If I'm in the market for a portable gaming device in the $600 price range I'll buy a f-ing laptop, not a tablet with awkward controls and a limited operating system. This "rehash" only adds insult to injury to their patient customers after they bombed with the launch of the Transformer prime.
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    stingstang , January 10, 2012 9:28 AM
    I kept on reading team fortress through that article...
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