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Asus Unveils New Improved Transformer Prime at CES

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.