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First Nvidia Tegra 3 Device May Launch November 9

While we already know that Nvidia's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC (aka Kal-El) will arrive in the 10-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer 2 (Prime) tablet, Asus CEO Jonney Shih said that both the tablet and the highly-anticipated superpowered-chip will arrive on November 9.

Nvidia's Tegra 3 was previously reported to arrive by the end of summer or early September, but the company delayed its release due to a need for an increased validation timeframe. "It took a little more time than we thought to get the software optimized for the hardware,” a Nvidia spokesperson told EE Times. "We are on schedule."

Recent reports claim that the Transformer 2's quad-core Tegra 3 chip will clock at 1.3 GHz per core. It will also feature either 16 GB ($499) or 32 GB ($599) of internal storage, depending on your wallet. Other features will include Google 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" as the gadget's OS, a microSD card slot for up to 32 GB of extra storage, a USB port, a mini-HDMI port, a 14.5-hour battery, a rear-facing camera with an LED flash -- all packed within a 8.3-mm frame.

  • meat81
    sounds like a beast, hopefully Droid will work well with it.
  • I want one of this ASUS Tablet!!!
  • It won't be launched on November 9th. It's going to be announced. Way to makeup a news story to get hits. Every news site is going to be eating their damn lunch when they realize that they can misinterpret the words and get everything wrong.

    I'll be surprised if this hits the shelves before January....That's a bit more realistic.
  • scrumworks
    Nvidia fanboys clapping their hands.
  • "sounds like a beast, hopefully Droid will work well with it"

    Droid? You mean the brand name that is a trademark of Lucasfilm licensed to Verizon?

    OHHHHH you meant Android.....

    :/ I hate when people can't tell the difference between the two...
  • tului
    I read the article on EE Times as well and don't see anything that makes me think this won't happen on the ninth. The EE Times article did say it didn't look like ICS would be on this tablet however.

    Regardless of launch date, if the Tegra 3 tablets hit the same price points and build quality as the Tegra 2 tablets I've owned, they'll be competitive. Still waiting to see what the new OMAP SoC looks like as well, some benchmarks but not a plethora of devices out there yet.
  • chomlee
    I think you are right about it being announced and not really available on the 9th. After the new year would be my guess. I was hoping it would be so that I could get one for christmas or even better yet, get a transformer 1 super cheap on black friday. I have an Acer Iconia and love it, but I think the screen on the transformer is much better. Of all the tablet devices, they are the only ones that have not dipped bellow $399 for the 16 gig model. That gives you a good idea of how well they have been doing.
  • kawininjazx
    This ASUS transformer that's coming out soon will be the best tablet released so far.
  • huron
    I was so close to buying a tablet just a few weeks ago, but saw this rumor and cannot wait.

    I was hoping the 11/9 announcement would mean the release was near, but worry that it'll take some time to get to the market.

    Back to counting my pennies for the official release...
  • coldmast
    Must resist... urge to buy... to great.