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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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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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