Page 1:Asus TF201: An Evolved Transformer
Page 2:Tegra 3: The Quad-Core SoC That Goes To Five
Page 3:Tegra 3's Graphics: Untapped Potential?
Page 4:Asus Addresses The Transformer's GPS Shortcoming
Page 5:LCD Performance: Super IPS+ Is Great Outside
Page 6:Battery Life And Recharge Time
Page 7:Docking Station: The "Transformer" In Transformer Prime
Page 8:HDMI Output And Camera Quality
Page 9:Temperature Analysis With An Infrared Camera
Page 10:Transformer Prime TF201: Our Favorite Android Tablet
HDMI Output And Camera Quality
While the Transformer Prime supports output over microHDMI, it cannot push 1080p through the wire under normal circumstances. This is due to constraints imposed by display mirroring, and most Android-based tablets can only do 720p. We don't want to be overly critical of this limitation, though. Similar to iOS, Android disables the main screen if you're hooked up to an HDTV during video playback. Ultimately, this allows you to watch movies at 1080p. However, in every other situation, mirroring will limit output to 720p, such as it the case with gaming.
Our only real complaint is that you can't enable HDMI output while the Transformer is closed in dock mode. This is an Android-imposed issue that Asus can't really help, but it means the Tegra 3's graphics hardware has to work harder to mirror the display. If you're planning on using the tablet to game on a television, the resulting output sometimes ends up choppy in more demanding titles like Shadowgun.
Nvidia continues to put a lot of effort into attracting game developers to its Tegra platform, and those relationships yield some unique benefits when it comes to a tablet like the Transformer Prime. If you're willing to carry around a tablet and perhaps a controller, you have what amounts to a portable game console under your arm. Hook it up to an HDTV and you're off, constrained only by the amount of content currently available. As ISVs ramp up their efforts, the Transformer Prime increasingly serves as a great example of converging notebook, tablet, and console technologies.
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The Transformer Prime shares its predecessor's front-facing camera. So, if you're using the tablet for VoIP-based communications, image quality won't have changed. However, the rear-facing camera is worth a fresh look because Asus integrated an 8 MP sensor and LED flash. Here are a few examples of photos we took:
Outdoors, Night, Flash Outdoors, Night, No Flash Outdoors, Night, No Flash
Overall, the pictures are pretty crisp. In low-light situations, however, you end up with some of the same lens flare effects seen on Apple's tablets.
Medium Lighting Low Lighting, Flash Low Lighting, Flash Outdoors, Daylight Outdoors, Daylight
By default, the Transformer Prime uses a setting called "continuous auto focus." This works best when objects are within three feet. When you shoot objects further away, switch to the plain "auto" setting instead. Below, the image on the left was taken using "auto" mode, while the one on the right was in the "continuous auto focus." Notice the quality difference; "auto" mode seems to result in a more natural picture.
Auto Continuous Auto Focus
- Asus TF201: An Evolved Transformer
- Tegra 3: The Quad-Core SoC That Goes To Five
- Tegra 3's Graphics: Untapped Potential?
- Asus Addresses The Transformer's GPS Shortcoming
- LCD Performance: Super IPS+ Is Great Outside
- Battery Life And Recharge Time
- Docking Station: The "Transformer" In Transformer Prime
- HDMI Output And Camera Quality
- Temperature Analysis With An Infrared Camera
- Transformer Prime TF201: Our Favorite Android Tablet