Asus to launch new eeePad Transforrmer Prime with Hi-Res Screen
Everyone who ran out and got the Transformer Prime are probably kicking themselves today; Asus just showed off a new model with a 1900×1200 screen.
The Verge got their hands on the new 700T. This is going to be the third eeePad Transformer, and it sounds like it fixes a couple of problems that have cropped up in the first Transformer Prime.
I didn’t cover it at the time, but the Transformer Prime that’s now shipping has some serious issues with connectivity. The back is a solid metal case, and that blocked the GPS. Some of the reviewers also mentioned that affected the Wifi and Bluetooth signal. The new Prime 700T has a plastic back (which should fix this). It’s running on the same 1.3GHz Tegra3 quadcore CPU as the current Prime and it will ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF700T will go on sale in the US in the first half of this year, priced at $599 for the 32GB model and $699 for the 64GB model. I don’t think early-adopters of the existing Prime are going to be too happy, frankly.
That last bit of news about Android 4.0 was almost enough to tempt me into getting one, but Asus also announced yesterday that the original eeePad Transformer (the one I have) will also be getting an update to Android 4.0. This is the third major update for the original eeePad Transformer, and it gets better every time.
I wonder if Asus really should be putting out these updates? They keep making my current tablet better and better, and that removes any need or desire I might have had to go replace it.