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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.

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monopole January 9, 2012 um 3:29 pm

I love my TF101 but I’m glad ASUS is continually stepping up it’s game. They toss out huge numbers of innovative designs and when one catches on they step on the gas.

Nate Hoffelder January 9, 2012 um 3:32 pm

Yep, that’s what they did here.

Dan January 15, 2012 um 1:53 pm

At least one person in this house is going to be very happy to get some ice cream on the ASUS. Now she doesn’t need to be jealous when I purchase the prime. I decided to wait to order one and glad I did. Was there any buzz on a new release date?

Rose February 11, 2012 um 10:25 pm

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about security issues on android devices used at public hotspots. Do you know of any encryption programs for an android tablet, or do you have any other recommendations about how to protect personal data when using an android tablet when using public wifi?


Nate Hoffelder February 12, 2012 um 7:20 am

I haven’t looked into it, no.

Logan Kennelly February 13, 2012 um 12:10 am

Are you referring to the issue discovered last year relating to plaintext AuthToken? That should not be an issue for any devices released in the last six months, and especially not tablets.

Android does, however, come with VPN support and there are services you can buy that would protect you.

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