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ASUS Transformer Prime: US pre-orders produce varied shipping release dates

We have some fantastic news for consumers in the US who are hoping to get their hands on the upcoming ASUS Transformer Prime tablet / laptop. The powerhouse device is now up for pre-order, although we still don’t have a release date yet.

You can bet that a date is coming very soon though, and the fact that you can now pre-order the device will be enough to get consumers very excited indeed. Don’t forget that the Transformer Prime is the first mobile device in the world to run on a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, and it will also come with an upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of the year as well – it ships with 3.2 Honeycomb out of the box.

Various retailers have the Transformer Prime up for pre-order, one of them was Amazon, but they appear to be sold out. Best Buy however are still taking pre-orders and you’ll see that the price is a very reasonable $500 for the 32 GB version of the device in Amethyst Grey color. The other color option just to let you know is Champagne Gold.

If you need a quick refresh of other specs, we won’t hesistate to remind you that this beast packs a 10.1-inch WXGA IPS+ Gorilla Glass display, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1.2MP front camera, a USB 2.0 port, Mini-HDMI port and an SD card reader. If you want to splash out on the 64GB version, you’ll have to pay $100 extra bringing the price to $600. Additionally, the much-hyped dock accessory to turn the Prime into a fully fledged laptop will set you back a further $150.

All we need now of course is a solid release date for the device, although if you choose to pre-order now, you’ll probably get varied shipping estimation dates from your retailer, as some are saying you’ll get it before Christmas, and others afterwards. If you have pre-ordered a Transformer Prime already, put your excitement aside for a minute and let us know what date you have been given. On a side note, are you secretly worried that Lenovo’s Android 4.0 tablet may turn out to be more impressive?



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