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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.

  • Prince_Porter
    That does seem pretty quick for a rehash of the same tablet, I'd be a bit pissed.
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  • freggo
    1920x1200... me like !
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  • mayankleoboy1
    1920x1080? :O

    so now you need a gtx570 to game on it?
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  • icepick314
    so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?
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  • notsleep
    whatever...it still pale in comparison to my asus ep121... :P
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  • eklipz330
    icepick314so should I cancel the preorder I have for TF201?basically
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  • iLLz
    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
    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
    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
    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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