Asus Transformer Prime tablet, the first with Tegra 3

We may have caught a glimpse of the new Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime back in October, but it was a case of hanging on for an official launch announcement. The October sneak unveiling performed by Jonney Shih, Asus CEO, at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong whet our appetites, and now we can bring you more information.

As the first Tegra 3 powered quad-core tablet on the market, the Asus Eee Pad TP will use a 10.1-inch IPS display capable of 1280×800 pixels. Its Corning Gorilla Glass should be idea for scratch protecting the 10-finger multi-touch screen. Packing 1GB RAM there will be the choice of 32 or 64GB memory with the option of expanding through the microSD slot.

Seen on previous units, the new Eee Pad shares a similar keyboard dock that fits onto the 8.3 mm thick tablet. As Pocket Lint confirm, when using the Keyboard attachment, the addition of USB and SD card reader options extend the Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities along with micro HDMI port.

With the inclusion of an 8-megapixel-camera outback and Android 3.2 Honeycomb installed, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade will be available to make the Transformer Prime a serious contender to Apple’s iPad 2 when it hits the shelves in the UK January 2012.

Prices will be £499 with the inclusion of the mobile keyboard dock. Tell us if you think it could be a more tempting offer than an iPad?